Weak Backhands Keep Americans Out Of Tennis’ Top 10
American men have fallen woefully behind the rest of the tennis world… Everybody knows that Jack
But did you know that they all have much weaker backhands than forehands?
While players like Nadal and Djokovic continue to dominate on both sides, Isner, Querrey, Harrison and countless other Americans are constantly running (way) around their backhands, mostly slicing and when the pressure is on, their two-handers aren’t holding up. And it’s nothing personal – just fact. Courrier and Roddick made the lopsided game en vogue in America and now the current American’s are paying the price. “You just gotta have one big weapon!” has been the cry of American coaches for over twenty years, and that’s now coming around to bite them in the – you know where.
Primarily there are two reasons, and a possible third, as to why the American men have weaker backhands. 1. The Europeans play much more on clay (sliding around) and therefore their legs, dynamic balance and stability are just better than ours. 2. Poor coaching here in the US, ie “point your butt cap at the oncoming ball…get your racket back early…rotate your shoulders… (and my favorite) get more racket head speed!” There’s a third possible reason, and it’s just a hunch, but the Spaniards, French and the like are brought up playing soccer, so they are used to being in their lower body (that is, their legs) since birth.
Watch this video analysis of some top Americans versus the top 10, and you tell me, if you don’t see these major differences in their strokes. This should help your two handed backhand too
(Please remember, this is not personal. I know, have worked with, and personally like a couple of these guys.)