Topspin

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  1. Verinsess

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    What are the pros and cons of using topspin?
     
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  3. Blake0

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    Pros: more control, higher margin of error, ball bounces higher and speeds up after the bounce (feels like that for me anyways).
    Cons: May lose pace (depending on how you hit it), higher chance of miss-hitting the ball (then hitting flat), and ball bounces higher.
     
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  4. Steady Eddy

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    Why would that be an advantage? Don't most people dislike bending their knees to dig out low shots? A high ball they can wait to drop into their 'strike zone' and tee off on.
     
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  5. tata

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    By bouncing higher it makes it harder to hit so most people do retreat back a bit so they can hit it within their strike zone. But if you move back then it allows your opponent to start pinning you down at the back, hit a drop shot, come to the net and do a drop volley or simply hit an angled shot out wide around the service line areas.

    If you are like me i would be camping pretty close to the baseline and take balls early on the rise OR you take a step or two back and use a extreme western forehand grip and spin the ball back to them and see how they react. My usual grip is between an eastern and semi western but if i feel like it i have no problems going extreme western and spin the hell out of the ball.
     
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  6. Noaler

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    it depends on your opponent
     
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  7. OhDear

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    Topspin is a pro, end of story.
     
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  8. Toxicmilk

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    Personally, my favorite part of topspin is that it allows you to freaken smack it however hard you want and it'll go in...
     
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    Sounds like you have energy to burn. What I like about flat shots is that you don't have to swing as hard in order to get good depth.
     
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  10. 3lowdown

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    untill 1) it sits up and someone actually smacks it (flat shot) and in shoots through the court right past you or..... 2) you shank it 3 courts away.
     
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  11. ser_renely

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    yeah, if you get someone who can handle higher bouncers, you are gonna be unwinding from your shot and boom, something goes mach 5 by you, a la Soderling.
     
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  12. 3lowdown

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    at about 4.0 is when just every shot being topspin ends. Learn to flatten balls out and be able to put them away at the right times.
     
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    Also, if you hit with that topspin it will push you're opponent back as you said but it is also likely that you will get a short ball which you can then put away or hit and approach and volley winner....
     
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  14. ser_renely

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    Yeah thats what I do, higher topspin balls to both wings, drive them back, and wait for the short one to crush.
     
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    Unless you're nadal :).

    And on the higher bounce thing..i just added an extra one that could be beneficial or not..depending on the opponent.

    whoops i forgot to put it in the cons too..
     
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  16. Toxicmilk

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    Just cuz I hit with hella topspin doesn't mean its a loopy high bouncing thing.
    I used to hit flat most of the time. But I'm actually hitting with more pace and a heavier ball with more consistent depth nowadays.... with topspin.
     
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