Pickleball is a sport that is increasing in popularity, and with that increase comes a desire to improve one’s skills. Right?
The backhand is one of the most important strokes in pickleball, and mastering it can take your game to the next level.
In this blog post, we’ll share some tips and tricks on how to master your pickleball backhand. We’ll cover everything from grip to footwork to hitting the best shots. By the end, you’ll be able to hit a consistent and powerful backhand shot that your opponents will be envious of.
Tips to Master Your Pickleball Backhand
The backhand is a vital part of the game. And if you can master it, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a pickleball pro. Here, jotted down tips to master your backhand, which is helpful for both fresher and current players.
1. Be In Your Ready Position
When you are playing pickleball, you need to be in your ready position. This means you should return to your ready position with your knees bent and paddle in front, right after hitting a pickleball. You should put your feet in a parallel position about shoulder-width apart, with your toes pointing towards the net.
2. Prepare for the Shot
To prepare for the backhand stroke, rotate your body towards the non-paddle side. And pull your paddle back to your waist on that side. Now that you’re perpendicular to the net, move your non-paddle side foot backward.
In our previous blog articles, we have also covered a topic of tips for begginer pickleball players.
3. Adjust Your Foot Position
The key to the backhand is to use your entire body to connect your paddle with the ball. By generating power from your core and legs, you will be able to connect with the ball in front of you without a paddle.
4. Hit Forward Shot
When you make contact with the pickleball, push off with your front leg and swing it forward with one smooth motion. You should strike the ball with a slight lift, so it stays low rather than going high over the net.
Be sure to keep your wrist steady. If you flick your wrist as you connect your paddle with the ball, the pickleball will likely fly off the court in the same direction. If you feel like you are going to fall during the shot, then make sure your feet are in the right position, and that you’re pushing off your front foot.
5. Do Practice Drills
Backhand drills can help you improve your skill at the shot. Only if you schedule a time during the week to practice them. You should be patient until you no longer avoid the stroke during games, and feel comfortable.
Your favorite stroke may turn out to be the backhand!
You can master this shot by practicing these backhand techniques. Next, try the two-handed backhand to improve your skills even further.
Practice, practice, practice! The more you play, the better you’ll become at perfecting your backhand shot.
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