The opposite of ‘forehand’ in tennis is ‘backhand’. (See Episode 947 of this corner, ‘Why should I say ‘forehand’?’) In English poetry and prose, ‘fore’ is often used as an abbreviation for ‘before’. Many Koreans know the opposite of ‘before’ as ‘after’. This is why new tennis learners get a little confused when they say the ‘backhand’ is the opposite stroke to the forehand. On the flip side, the opposite of ‘back’ is considered to be ‘front’ or ‘oppose’, and it is also because the word ‘fore’ is very unfamiliar.

According to the English glossary, ‘backhand’ was used in the 1690s to mean the state of the hand turned backwards. In tennis, it was first used as a stroke term with the same meaning in 1857. (Refer to this corner #945, ‘Why do we say ‘stroke’ in tennis?’) Back in 1894, it was also used to mean a slanted cursive.

The backhand, like the forehand, has a basic swing pattern that starts on one side of the body, moves back and forth, and ends on the other side of the body. However, unlike the forehand, the backhand is played with the back of the dominant hand facing the direction of the stroke. The name also comes from here. Backhand is also used in athletics discus throw.안전놀이터

The backhand is generally used from the baseline or on an approach shot. For a right-handed player, the backhand starts with the racquet on the left side of the body, crosses the body making contact with the ball, and ends on the right side of the body. Due to the fact that it pulls the shot, the backhand is generally regarded as less powerful and more consistent than the forehand and more difficult to play. Beginners learn the forehand first, then the backhand, but most of the time they use the forehand. Even pros and advanced players are far better with their forehand than their backhand. However, with the growing recognition that the two-handed backhand provides stability and power, more and more people are using it in modern tennis.

‘Tennis King’ Roger Federer is known for his one-handed backhand. Federer even gained the upper hand against his rival, Rafael Nadal, with a backhand that pierced every corner. In the 1980s, the two queens of world women’s tennis, Navratilova and Chris Evert, also drew great attention for their frequent head-to-head confrontations with backhand vs. two-handed backhand.

The Korean press started to use the term backhand in the 1960s. The Dong-A Ilbo, on May 1, 1965, published an article titled “Prospects for the Korea-Japan Match,” foreshadowing the Davis Cup Asian qualifier for the Korea-Japan match, saying that Japanese players are strong in spin serve and forehand, but relatively weak in backhand. pointed out

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