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Basic footwork for rearcourt backhands

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You need to turn your body and move towards the corner. The basic footwork is: split, step, lunge.

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Turn your back on the net

Many players try to hit rearcourt backhands when the shuttle is in front of them. This makes it difficult to generate power, and it also doesn’t make sense. Why would you play a backhand in that position? Play a forehand instead.

Instead, turn your body so your back is facing the net. This is a position where it’s actually useful to play a backhand, and it helps you hit better.

Footwork: split, step, lunge

  1. Start with a split step
  2. Take a step with your non-racket foot
  3. Lunge into the corner with your racket foot

That’s the basic footwork: split, step, lunge. But most of the time, this won’t take you far enough. You’ll need to adjust your footwork, depending on how far you need to move.

You’ll always start with a split step, and you’ll always finish with a lunge. But the bit in the middle can change. For example, you could use a chasse: split, chasse, lunge.

But this isn’t exactly a “normal” chasse. As you complete the chasse, you need to turn your foot out. In other words, this movement starts as a chasse, but finishes as a step. Turning the foot out is necessary, because you need to turn your body.

Alternatively, you could add another step at the beginning, with your racket foot. This helps you cover more distance. Now the movement is: split, step, step, lunge.

Depending on the situation, you might need even more steps. It also depends on your height, especially for junior players. Feel free to adapt the movement as necessary