Backhands Vs. Forehands
in my opinion, a huge fallacy regarding the subject of forehands. It is, that a shot in question should always
be taken by the partner with the forehand. Yielding to the forehand on shots just
because it’s a forehand frequently creates poor court coverage and results in
lost points. Also, MOST errors are made
with forehands rather than backhands.
& DISADVANTAGES OF THE FOREHAND
- The forehand is the preferred
shot for returning serves, since most players have more power and are more
comfortable on the forehand side. This
is mainly because the backswing is longer (it’s struck by the back arm if the
returner is standing sideways), and the player is hitting from the ‘natural’
side of their body. Also, the body can
move forward more quickly and naturally from the forehand follow-through
position. A common error in the forehand
return is to strike the ball too close to the body. Contacting the ball ahead of the frontfoot creates a forward balance, and is necessary for both power and
- Since the main goal in return
of serve is to return DEEP, power is not as important as control. In fact, a higher, softer forehand returned
DEEP gives the returner more time to approach; and the server has not only been
forced farther behind the court, but also has a much more difficult shot and a
longer distance to the 7-foot line.
SO, FOR SHOTS
OTHER THAN RETURN OF SERVE, WHICH IS BETTER?
- Players who have spent time
practicing the backhand can make very consistent, well-controlled shots. Since
the backhand is the best choice for all shots from the ‘paddle hip’ to the
opposite side of the body, this leaves only 30% of the remaining shots for the
forehand side. The main reason for added
control on the backhand is because the body won’t allow a backswing, since the
body should remain square to all shots after the return of serve.
- The forehand is more
complicated due to the ability to take a backswing and frequently hit with too
the main reason for this controversy is the lack of understanding of the
backhand technique. The
contact point for the backhand should be slightly farther in front of the body
than the forehand to provide better control and comfort. In this age of speed and urgency it is
natural to want to end each point as quickly and powerfully as possible;
however, a well placed backhand can either end the point, or set up a winner on
the next returned shot.
one big reason our sport is so popular for so many is the importance of strategy
and shot selection rather than the power of the shots, and the emphasis on
learning and using soft shots. The
longer the point, the more fun it is; this is true for all levels.
IN PICKLEBALL ARE MUCH EASIER AND LESS COMPLICATED THAN FOREHANDS. PLAYERS WHO CHOOSE BACKHANDS WHENEVER
POSSIBLE WILL PLAY BETTER AND WIN MORE!