How to handle topspin balls

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by njboy, May 28, 2006.

  1. njboy

    njboy Rookie

    Apr 4, 2006
    I had headache to handle the topspin balls, which destroy my timming. any suggestions to improve my game?

  2. vkartikv

    vkartikv Hall of Fame

    May 4, 2005
    The Gym
    Well topspin is an integral part of tennis these days. If you cannot handle it, its a very unfortunate situation. Try to take the ball early. I am not much of a groundstrokes guy but that's the best advice I have gotten and can give. Also, if you have access to a ball machine, try to set it up where you get deep balls with lots of topspin and practice with it. It will atleast give you consistency.
  3. siber222000

    siber222000 Semi-Pro

    Apr 15, 2006
    my advise is to use semi western =)
  4. pchoi04

    pchoi04 Professional

    Apr 11, 2004
    Take the ball early and keep on your toes... Some shots can be unpredictable but if you keep your feel moving and you get an unexpected bounce it will be easier to adjust. The key to tennis always starts with your feet. Also you can try anticipating the shots as well.. If you know your opponent hits mass top spin maybe stay farther back and take it when its lower. However that would put you at a disadvantage if your opponent is experienced and is trying to force you back for a winning shot or close in on the net.

    But... I think the best way is to take it early to take away the opponents advantage/timing. But I'm not a tennis pro so don't take my word for it this is just based on my experience. I would try taking a couple privates at a local club.
  5. Woodstock_Tennis

    Woodstock_Tennis Rookie

    May 8, 2006
    Best thing to do is get by the baseline so you you can take it early, if you can't take it on the rise, back behind the baseline and wait till it falls.
  6. wyutani

    wyutani Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2006
    hong kong
    my bro is an actual expert at fast, heavy topspin. he gives a low ball but when the ball touches the ground, it bounces up like hell...SERIOUS! anyway, one way to stop this is to stick to baseline and qucikly hit the ball once it bounce once. another trick that i do is play net rushing. since top spin are pretty low ball, you just need a good volley placement.

    in a worst case scenario, wait for the opponent to make mistake. those ppl with heavy, power topspin tend to make mistake, they may over-hit the ball or the net. in this case play counter-punching mate'...
  7. Andres

    Andres G.O.A.T.

    Apr 21, 2005
    Mar del Plata, Argentina
    No, they don't, yut. Playing heavy spin allows you to hit with greater net clearance, so heavy topspinners are the ones who DOESN'T over-hit the ball... and even less the net...
  8. snoflewis

    snoflewis Guest's almost comparable to the pusher strategy...which im sure wyutani is familiar with . if you are a pusher, you hit the ball so high that it creates (obviously) enough clearance over the net and enough angle to land in. when using heavy topspin, the ball floats high over the net and drops down.
  9. porchdoor

    porchdoor Rookie

    Jan 19, 2006
    what i like to do is catch the ball really quick. then, while they're not noticing, reach into my pocket and drop a new ball. this will able you to hit the return with ease. you have to do it really quickly though, or else they'll see you and think you're really ********.
  10. retroceso

    retroceso Rookie

    Apr 25, 2006
    either stand back really far or move up close enought so when it bounces it doenst travel far cause youre there to stop it
  11. anonymous2364

    anonymous2364 Banned

    Apr 22, 2006
    stand back a few feet from the baseline or take the ball on the rise before it has a chance to bounce up..............
  12. The Vitamin L

    The Vitamin L Rookie

    May 21, 2006
    Wyutani's experience playing against heavy topspin players might pertain to those still learning the western grip. I've seen many who have tried it out and they initially tend to close the racquet face and "wrap" over the ball too quickly in their brushing up motion (common windshield wiper motion) instead of hitting through the ball. This results in the ball sinking down towards the net due to incorrect form.
  13. jackson vile

    jackson vile Legend

    Apr 19, 2005
    I agree, you need to make sure you are taking the ball out front. So you need to observe the ball and look to hit sooner out in front of you.

    Take a fuller swing and stay relaxed, impart some spin of your own, the racket will need more momentum to deel with the higher inertia of the oponents ball.
  14. BaseLineBash

    BaseLineBash Hall of Fame

    Jan 12, 2005
    Take it a little earlier and flatten that baby out.
  15. TriCitiesTennis

    TriCitiesTennis New User

    Nov 18, 2006
    I agree with the last post. I am a topspin heavy hitter and the shot that causes me the most problem is the flattened out shot (to my backhand). This forces me to generally give back a weakened BH shot because the amount of time to setup has decreased.

    I play a very difficult style of tennis in my area because of my quickness and ability to hit with topspin. Other suggestions when playing a quick player with consistent topspin are to go 2-5 ft behind the baseline and just play topspin tennis back.....keep the ball to the middle of the court and force the opponent to take the angle.

    It's boring, but it works. This creation of the angle will allow you to hit the first shot down the line.

    A helpful hint, most heavy topspin hitters love the short ball that they can take on their forehand side. STAY AWAY FROM THIS.
  16. darkavgr

    darkavgr New User

    Dec 28, 2004
    1. Contact ball above net height
    2. generate high racket head speed
    3. slam the ball flat with yr body weight behind ball
    4. slam in the direction which gives u highest % of getting in, i.e. cross court

    hitting flat makes ball bounce low
    heavy top spinners are either semi western or full western grippers who have trouble picking up low bouncing balls ;-)
  17. Punisha

    Punisha Professional

    Dec 22, 2005
    negative @ trouble with low balls... thats when they use a rolled forehand which imparts side spin as well as top spin.

    Best advice i can give it to

    a) fight fire with fire? generate lots of racquet head speed to control it and hit your own heavy shot back

    b) fight fire with water? flatten your shot and counterpunch it to the weaker shot. Flatter shots are faster so less time for them to react so less chance of them getting preperation for another huge topspinner giving you the ability to take control.

    c) just spank that... spank it deep

    d) moon ball it back... or slice, anythin to keep rally going

    e)hit a winner... low % play though
  18. Rafa's best friend

    Rafa's best friend Banned

    Oct 9, 2006
    I think all those FED trolls is either afraid or scared of Topspin, that is the only reason why i can think of their fear of RAFA, somekind of subconscious fear, i believe..
  19. Andy270211

    Andy270211 Semi-Pro

    Oct 11, 2006
    Hence the name...



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