Question: Ways of Learning: Forehand, topspin...

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Eman, Sep 23, 2004.

  1. Eman

    Eman New User

    Sep 18, 2004

    I've been impressed with the comments on this board and appreciate the tips from all. I have sort of a strange question, specifically for those who teach tennis.

    I have played tennis recreationally for 15 yrs and am a 3.5 player or so. I have taken lesson (a few) on several occasions but never found an instructor who could really improve my game. Most of what I learn, I have to feel and then I realize what they were trying to teach me (ie. they said it but in a different way that didn't make sense to me at the time). You know what I mean?

    Anyway, on to my question. I have an average all around game but have struggled with consistency on my forehand forever! I have never been able to hit with a lot of topspin. Recently, I started experimenting by hitting different ways and have begun to generate topspin in two very different methods. I'm just wondering about these methods because I don't want to continue something that works but is (in the long run), detrimental to my game.

    1) I started hitting with the feel of the bottom of my racquet "pushing" thru the ball first imparting topspin. (thats the only way I can describe it). Its like I'm hitting the bottom of the ball and rolling it forward with the bottom of my racquet. It tends to start the ball high but it quickly comes down because of the much topspin on the ball.

    I'm asking this (sort of silly) question because this is very different from the general way that I've heard to generate topspin.

    2) The other way I've started generating more spin is by hitting the ball in more a "normal" fashion but further out to my right (right-handed) and a little closer to me (less in front). This doesn't generate as much spin as #1 above but more so than in my past.

    Anyway, any comments on these observations would be much appreciated.

  2. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

    Jun 16, 2004
    Hit the ball from low to high.
  3. fastdunn

    fastdunn Legend

    Feb 19, 2004
    Eman I think I know what you're trying to say.
    Assuming I understand the issue, I found not many people
    understand it. I'm no expert but here are some of my research
    thru books like "Visual Tennis" and my own thinking....

    1) is the modern way, 2) is classic style(you said "normal")

    1) is "enforcing" tospin by rolling "racquet" over.
    2) let the tennis ball rolls over the moving racquet in order to
    get that extra spin. It's kinda like "snooping" the tail end of the ball
    that leavong out of the racquet face...

    Believe it or not, #2 gets more spin because the balls roll over
    larger area with more dwelling time than #1.
    BUT, #1 kinda let you swing faster(also modern players swing

    #2 kinda hinders you a little bit in swinging with the maximum speed because
    you have to maintain same face angle thru out the whole swing.

    In modern game, balls coming at you with big impact and jumping up on you.
    So you naturally hit it on your back foot bia "rolling over" or pressing down the ball on the rise (#2).

    IMHO, for amatuers like us, both #1 and #2 are viable choices.
    So I would experiment with both of them. ..

    Good luck...
  4. fastdunn

    fastdunn Legend

    Feb 19, 2004
    I meant this with "assuming we hit #1 and #2 with SAME swing speed"...

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