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The backhand motion is a more natural motion than the forehand.
If you’ve ever watched 2 good players using their opposite hand to hold the racquet, you would have seen this to be true.
So it’s perfectly logical to assume that any player can train their backhand to be better than their forehand.
The question is why do a lot of players struggle at developing their backhand?
The #1 Mistake In Training Your Backhand
For anyone struggling with their backhand, it’s usually because you don’t practice it!
It’s that simple 🙂
Have you ever seen a player run around a ball that they should hit on their backhand…
… just so they can ‘smash’ a forehand?
This is the problem.
A beginner needs patience & persistence to diligently force themselves to play a backhand when it’s warranted… that is, any time the ball is on the backhand side of the court.
Of course, this includes giving yourself the time & space for solo-practice to allow the backhand motion to become more natural.
How I Improved On ‘Atrocious’
At age 10, after my Dad built the brand new glass-back squash courts where I grew up, I was playing every day. But my backhand was atrocious for quite some time – I could hardly even hit the ball.
I asked Dad what I could to get better.
He suggested for just 2 weeks I try hitting nothing but backhands.
He explained that, at the time, my backhand was clearly my weakest link.
Keen to improve my game and eager to follow the (wise) advice of my Dad, I began hitting nothing except backhands.
It was frustrating to say the least.
But I stuck at it – I counted how many I could hit in a row and, as my confidence grew and technique improved, began to hit more without stopping.
Just 3 Weeks To An Awesome Backhand
I ended up sticking at nothing but backhands for 3 straight weeks because after 2 weeks the momentum of my improvement was obvious, even to me.
My backhand was now just as reliable, if not more so, than my forehand.
What about you?
Do you have the patience and persistence to do something similar?
Only you can know that.
I mean, I know you can. But will you?
I suggest you try because, by improving your backhand, you will enjoy your time on court much more.
Here’s something to give you some encouragement…
One Last Secret – Run Around Your Forehand
In the same way that most beginners run around the ball to avoid hitting a backhand, set the challenge to run around any potential forehand shot – hit backhands as often as possible…
Even if you do this for just a handful of sessions, you will have opened the door to making your backhand better and more reliable than your forehand.
Additionally, once you learn to hit the ball off the back wall, you will experience a lot more freedom when you play on court.
Have fun & play your own game!
Mick enjoys showing squash players simple, effective exercises to feel stronger, faster and more durable on court to help them play better & win more matches.
He was ranked #2 in Australian juniors and has spent over 20 years training in various martial arts so his background provides a fresh, unique perspective.
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