It is not uncommon to have a much weaker backhand than your forehand. If this is true for you and you would like to improve your backhand shots, check out this video by Nicole Havlicek from PrimeTime Pickleball.
She covers the following shots that are crucial to being a well-rounded pickleball player:
- Backhand Drive (1:30) – use an Eastern backhand grip
- Backhand Slice (6:35) – use a Continental grip
- Backhand Dink (9:50) – use a soft Continental grip
- Backhand Volley (10:50) – similar to the grip you would use for a backhand dink but with a firmer grip (grip needs to be firm but not death-grip tight)
- Backhand Reset (12:46) – spend lots of time working on this once you have the other four shots down because this nailing this skill will separate you for the rest of the pack
Practice these drills and you’ll be amazed at how much stronger your backhand can be. You might actually begin to love your backhand rather than avoiding it.
If you have other tips that might be helpful to others or have questions, please post them in the comments below. Here’s to helping one another get better one day at a time, one drill at a time. See you on the courts!