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Open Stance Backhand

Can anyone discuss it with me? Tell me the pros and cons, etc. I know the WS/Dementieva use it, but I am constantly told it's bad and it shows poor technique. I can see how it's not aesthetically pleasing, but my backhand only improved once I used the open stance. It also keeps me in the point. I find it hard to hit down the line with it though, but I usually don't need to because I just snap it hard CC and force the error.

Anyway, please discuss this with me. Thanks.

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Re: Open Stance Backhand

I've tried it before, but for me it's really uncomfortable, it hurt my wrist alot, it felt like it was going to snap, I couldn't get as much power with it.
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I've tried it before, but for me it's really uncomfortable, it hurt my wrist alot, it felt like it was going to snap, I couldn't get as much power with it.
Ah, that's probably where Vee's wrist problem is coming from.
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Re: Open Stance Backhand

I actually found it easier to hit a BH DTL rather than CC which i kept dumping them into the net, but its tricky to perfect i think, right now im still using it and its improving every time, i think there's a bit more explosive potential with it, i naturally started of with an opened stanced BH, its alot easier to hit a BH while moving foward with an open stance too and yes its very wristy, my wrists often hurt me but my coach tells me its more to do with my FH being very wristy which causes me the problems

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Re: Open Stance Backhand

I thought you only adopt the open stance when you are on the run and don't have that much time

I don't see how you could hit it all the time. If you have the time, you should always step into the shot with your right leg.

I play open stance when i don't have enough time on the backhand. I don't find it uncomfortable nor do i think it looks bad when other players do it. What you do need though is impeccable timing on this shot and you really do need to catch the ball at the right time.

Players like Venus, Hingis and Dementieva make it look a lot easier than what it really is.
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Re: Open Stance Backhand

ya u need 2 be pretty strong cuz it takes away power but gives u more time
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You need to have good footwork around the ball if you use it, it you are lazy and dont move your feet, balls can fly long quiet often

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Re: Open Stance Backhand

i dunno, i use it all the time.

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Re: Open Stance Backhand

One advantage to hitting open stance is that it’s easier to hit balls that are hit directly at you. If someone serves into your body open stance will be your best bet at getting the ball back into play. It’s also a lot easier to change directions after hitting the ball, so quicker players can really benefit from an open stance. Since you’re hitting with your backhip turning into the ball you get the power of racquet acceleration and the power of your legs into each shot.

Advantages with closed stance I would immagine that it’s a lot easier to control and master since it’s more of a natural shot. I’d also assume it’s less wear and tear on the body.

These are just my personal observations, I'm not really sure what all the differences are. If I had a young player I'd get them to master the open stance, I think overall it's more beneficial to a players game.

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Re: Open Stance Backhand

I usually use the square stance when hitting shots but i'm thinking of switching to open stance cause i've improved my game over the past 6 months & feel that i'm ready to adapt that. Open stance is a lot more difficult to master than the square or closed stance but you get better prepared for each shot with the open stance & with the closed/square stance you don't have to turn your hips & waist which takes a bit of energy to do.
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Re: Open Stance Backhand

i had a open stance backhand since i started playing tennis and i taught myself to play tennis so that might be the reason i have one. my coach tells me all the time i have the best backhand he has ever seen but recently i have developed tendinitus in my left wrist and i think it's because of my backhand
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Re: Open Stance Backhand

I use open stance when I'm stretched out wide. it allows me to make sure I'm steady and balanced when I'm on the run. It's been working well for me.

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Re: Open Stance Backhand

The open stanced backhand has always been more natural to me. When I was younger, my pro always told me to close my stance though because I lacked the power at the time to hit an open stanced one. Now I hit open on almost every shot though. Occasionally I'll close my stance when I step into a DTL or inside out backhand. I haven't had any issues with my wrists *yet*, and I frequently snap my wrists on CC backhands. I'd say if the open stanced backhand is working better for you, go for it. And then just try to close your stance on the DTL. As for it being bad technique, I'd say whatever works for you is the best technique (as long as it isn't harmful to your body.) And I've had a number of pros say that the open stanced shot is the "shot of the future."

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Re: Open Stance Backhand

I used both an open stance and a closed stance.

It's easier to use an open stance when you don't have much time or you are absorbing power.

But it's much easier to step into your backhand when going down the line.

It's not really bad, but I wouldn't use only an open stance.
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Re: Open Stance Backhand

i think i use it ..

but i have an better-than-average backhand crosscourt
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