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What makes the perfect backhand?

Many tennis experts talk about maximising your strengths as much as possible. But what about limiting your weaknesses?

Your backhand is invariably the place where good players will direct their shots, as it is usually the weaker of the two groundstrokes. 

So what can you do to improve it? One of the ways to do so is to send the ball back with more variety to try and disrupt your opponent’s rhythm.

The founder of our tennis holidays programmes, Annabel Croft – herself a former British number one – talked about precisely this just last month during a masterclass with tennis legend Martina Navratilova. You can watch the clip below in which they explore the benefits of the slice backhand.

Screen Shot 2019-05-17 at 14.45.01.pngAs Annabel and Martina discuss, the slice can be used as either an attacking or defensive weapon. Because it keeps low, it gives opponents a much harder task to try and get it back with power and accuracy. Martina’s top tips you can take onto court include:

  • Avoid an overly high backlift
  • Generate the power from your shoulder turn
  • Keep a steady racket head through the point of contact


You can also see how the best use it – here’s Roger Federer practising his:

If you’d like to improve your backhand – and your overall tennis game – then why not visit us at Annabel Croft Holidays in Portugal’s Algarve?

Benefiting from the region’s 300 days of sunshine a year, we welcome players to our Pine Cliffs resort all year round who wish to play and practice tennis on holiday.

We have five floodlit tennis courts – two clay and three hard – as well as one padel court, and our qualified coaches provide a range of courses for both adults and children which are a great way to improve your tennis. All of this is surrounded by the landscaped gardens of the resort and the beach a short walk away!

If you’d like to improve your tennis on holiday in Portugal, you can contact us at

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