In tennis, there’s nothing better than finishing a rally by pulling off a difficult shot, and for most of us, that means a backhand winner.

A forehand comes pretty naturally. The backhand, however, is out-of-kilter and awkward, just as the phrase “backhanded compliment” suggests. But if you want to step out onto the court with confidence, it’s best to master the art.

Here are our top backhand tips to complete your tennis game.