Which Should Be More Consistent-Forehand or Backhand?
The forehand for most players is the more confident shot when talking about the forehand and backhand. It is normally more of a weapon in matches and generally thought of as the easier shot. However, I beg to differ on the easier shot part of that statement.
When you look at the form of both strokes it is much easier to have an error on the forehand than the backhand. Wherever you are, pick up a racquet and face forward as if you are facing the net. In this little demonstration do not move your feet, now take the racquet back for preparation on the forehand and see that if you turned your shoulders it was a conscious effort. Now, do the same on the backhand, without moving the feet and see that the top half of the body is in the correct position with a shoulder rotation without a conscious effort. It does not matter if you have a one or two hand backhand; the result will be the same because the arm holding the racquet is in front of the body causing a natural shoulder turn.
There is one other reason why the backhand is more natural and consistent, that is, the shoulders will remain turned through contact, as opposed to the possibility of an early open shoulder turn before contact on the forehand because the arm is behind the body resulting in a late hit or open racquet face.
The stance for the forehand might be open or closed, but the stance for the backhand is primarily closed, again, due to the arm being in front. The stances dictate how long the shoulders remain in line during contact. I am not advocating a particular stance on the forehand, both are correct; I am advocating a closed stance on the backhand unless pulled wide to the sideline for a shot.
All players start out learning the forehand first. There is a mindset that thinks forehand-forward-positive. Then you learn the backhand, oh-oh, backhand-backwards- must be more difficult! Wrong, the technique is basically easier. Enjoy the backhand and do not be afraid of it, it’s your friend.
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