Photo Study of Roger Federer's Backhand
By Jeff Cooper, About.com Guide
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Grip and Top of Backswing
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Federer uses a backhand grip that's just slightly toward the Modified Eastern grip from the Full Eastern. Roger starts his backswing with the racquet above the anticipated point of contact; the racquet will drop in a compact loop before he begins his forward swing. Having his left hand on the racquet throat helps Roger make sure he turns his back somewhat toward the ball and sees the ball over his shoulder, thus loading his core muscles for a short but powerful rotation that will bring his upper body to a square (sideways) position at contact.