Originally Posted by tennis_balla
Side spin which way? Right to left or left to right?
this is the question, if you're hitting the sort of slice/float side spin on a 1hbh topspin. That is bad, you're going to much outside in path (across your body) and you won't be able to penetrate the court. Now if you're hitting the top where the crosscourt backhand spin pulls it even wider once it hits the court then that's a good penetrating spin. But it's all relative to level at, 4.5 and below you can hit one with slight slice/float spin because you don't need to worry about penetrating the court much as you move up it starts to hurt you more in the sense that you give the other guy too much time.