Pros and Cons

The Backhand Open Plane Swing

Initially, The Backhand Open Plane Swing is the basic swing that the player should adopt. There are both Pros and Cons for the player if this basic swing is the only basic swing used.

However, this is not the case because the backswing also leads into The Backhand Open To Closed Plane Swing and The Backhand Open To Extended Plane Swing.

Because the player uses the three basic swings there are no Cons and therefore no need to discuss the Cons but only the Pros. The challenge the player has is to choose the correct swing.

The Pros 

The opening of the racquet face allows the player to choose either three swings.


Opening the racquet face on the backswing encourages the player to swing through the Ideal Height (Orange Zone) somewhere between shoulder and knee.

This allows and encourages the player to reflex and in particular to volley.

The backswing allows the player to reflex volley. Furthermore, it encourages the player to volley when returning serve.

This encourages the player to stroke and not poke at the ball.

The backswing is extremely deceptive.

The player can either drop or drive. Furthermore, the player could also lob.

The backswing assists the player to play a slice drop by opening the racquet face to the required angle for a slice drop and maintaining that angle throughout the entire backswing.

On the forward swing the natural angle for the slice drop is easily found as the player after opening the face slightly more returns the face to the required angle.

If required the swing is reasonably powerful.

The player can reflex with reasonable power when intercepting the ball.



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