Roger Federer – Backhand Analysis #1


This is a super slow motion video of the Roger Federer backhand during a practice session at the Cincy Masters 1000 tournament.

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  1. chris
    June 2, 2015 at 2:31 pm · Reply

    I noticed this is a warmup/ practice backhand. Roger is very relaxed and hits much less spin on the ball than when he is warm or in match play. I would have liked to see a match slowmo so we could see the racket head below the ball and some body positioning:)

    • Jorge Capestany
      June 3, 2015 at 12:01 am · Reply

      Slow Mo you say… Here ya go… My site has a whole section of slow mo videos of the pros and it is all in super HD

    • Leilani
      November 17, 2015 at 8:29 pm · Reply

      I agree. It would be most valulable to see a match slow mo of Federer. Would like to compare what he does under pressure with what he does in a practice environment. Thank you so much for the work you do.

  2. Cheryl Hawkins
    June 2, 2015 at 6:22 am · Reply

    Another thing Roger does that is so pertinent is how he keeps his head still throughout the whole shot; which allows for excellent balance, weight transfer and control!

    • Jorge Capestany
      June 2, 2015 at 11:58 pm · Reply

      Yes… Roger keep his head down longer than most. I call it “seeing the blur”… The “blur” is the racket moving through the point of contact.

  3. bruce monhollen
    June 1, 2015 at 9:42 pm · Reply

    It amazes me that we talk about the follow through without mentioning that his hips open up thru the swing and his shoulders rotate to make it look like his swing is longer than it really is…turn his hips back closed and he isn’t swinging across his body very much at all.

    • Jorge Capestany
      June 2, 2015 at 3:47 am · Reply

      Good point Bruce, I agree.

  4. Tremendous
    August 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm · Reply

    Roger’s backhand is most inspiring for those of us still trying to improve our one hand shot.
    Sincere thanks,

  5. Arnold Stark
    August 22, 2014 at 2:31 pm · Reply

    Absolutely great collection for the entire spectrum of play.

  6. Benjamin
    August 21, 2014 at 10:59 pm · Reply

    Was viewing this clip on my iphone, very difficult to recognize the the grip Roger is using.
    I really like the way Roger back hip squares around after contact with the ball.
    What girp is Roger using ?? When is he locking in this grip???
    Thanks for this clip,,,, very awesome!!!!

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 26, 2014 at 7:02 pm · Reply

      He is using the eastern backhand grip, Roger also flexes his wrist as if he is giving the had on a motorcycle…

  7. Tom Bauman
    August 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm · Reply

    Truly a thing of BEAUTY. I hit a one handed BH and love the feel of hitting it. I have an old tear in my shoulder tendon so I cannot fi ifs like that, but I sure wish I could.

  8. Michael BAILEY
    August 21, 2014 at 10:11 pm · Reply

    GREAT SUPER SLOW shots of the best backhand by the Maestro!!! Thanks, JOE!!

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