I thought someone here (Marius?) once posted an article about the overemphasis instructors are placing on topspin but I couldn't find it. As you can imagine, searching for "topspin" will generate about 10,000 threads. Anyway, that's all I seem to hear nowadays: topspin, topspin, topspin. I've read articles that downplay just about everything else: slice (backspin), sidespin, flat, et al but not topspin. It's like there is *no* other shot to make. I use an eastern forehand grip, which is not the best grip for generating topspin and used to hit primarily flat shots. But the more I play the more I'm constantly being told, "try this (SW) grip, you'll get more topspin." Well, since I've been trying to get more topspin I'm hitting worse. And I notice that the players I hit with, who like to constantly hit with topspin, hit into the net...a lot. This week is my first time working solo with a pro to get some help on my game and the last thing I want to do is spend an hour working on topspin when I have a myriad of other problems I need help on. Should I just accept that topspin is an indespensible part of today's game i.e. you can't play today without it? P.S. If whomever posted that link can repost it here, I'd be much obliged.