I have been lured to believe that topspin is god by topspin worshippers on this board and I have wasted 8 years of my life trying to prime my topspin. Last week I injured my wrist so I stop using topspin and voila my shots are much much much much much better. Its got speed, depth, angle, control, less stressful on my wrist and most importantly it feels good. I am now playing the game like it was meant to play. When I want spin I use backspin. Come to think of it, topspin is just more harmful than benefitcial. First it slows down the ball a lot while expanding much more energy. How stupid is that? Secondly, it bounces higher to the striking zone of the opponent making it easier for your opponent to return the ball. Now people say topspin has more control blah blah blah. I don't buy that no more. Yeah, you can hit higher above the net with topspin but remember you have to swing a lot faster to create that topspin. The faster the swing the less control you are gonna get. Any extra control you get from topspin will only be neutalized by the faster swing speed required to create that topspin. I would say at the end you get less control not more. Of course if you can acquire the kind of topspin like Nadal then it is just another level of play but for most people topspin is way way way way way way overrated.