Originally Posted by 5263
did he spin it to the inside, outside or use each side in different situations?
His other side spins were of the Cheetah quality. By now I have enough experience to time them properly and the eyes can follow the ball without blur.
This one was what you would call an inside one I suppose. A right-handed forehand topspin would curve to the server's left after bounce - this one curved to his right (and into my backhand). I thought I got it and was totally fooled.
To add to the confusion, this junior is pretty unique. He (and his father) use a Battistone racket (the one with 2 handles
). He has several variants - one hand on one handle, two on 2 handles, and their forehand and backhand variants. In addition, he also sometimes uses a left handed forehand as his backhand - and its single handle and double handle variations! It is like you are watching a juggler in action. I think very few will have this experience in their lifetime. The severest top and side spin come when he swings viciously with one hand on each handle of the racket.