In order to handle a high ball to your backhand or forehand in tennis, you need to adjust in two ways: prepare higher and hit more across the ball. T
his video shows you Roger Federer and David Nalbandian in slow motion handling high balls on the backhand side so you can pay attention to their preparation and a different racquet path through the ball.
The usual mistakes when dealing with a high ball to the backhand or forehand are hitting it down – which brings the ball in the perfect zone for your opponent to attack, or hitting it back up which sends a passive ball over the net and allows the opponent to dictate again.
Hitting the ball horizontally enables you to hit with some pace and neutralize potential attacks.