As players begin to develop more strength and hit the ball harder, they will need to also hit with more topspin. In this short video we show how you can help players develop topspin.
Why is topspin so important?
We explain that it can be difficult initially for young players to understand all of the advantages of topspin.
- Topspin works to make the ball drop faster and stay in the court. So players can hit the ball harder – and the ball stays in.
- Topspin allows players to increase the ball height over the net – so they will hit fewer shots into the net. It increases players margin for error.
- Last, but not least, topspin can make the ball bounce up higher when it lands. A harder ball, bouncing up higher, pushes your players opponent out of the court to give an advantage.
Different “amounts” of topspin depending on where the player is on the court
The key to this quick tip is to think about top spin in “levels” depending upon where you are on the court.
- Baseline: From the baseline, we need only “1 amount” of topspin
- At the back of the court between the service line and the baseline – “2 amounts” of topspin.
- Service line: “3 amounts” at the service line.
- At the net: As we approach the net the player turns the racket face to get the full “4 amounts” of topspin.
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Originally published on: Apr 4, 2017