Now we’re going to be learning how to do topspin
shots on our forehand side. Topspin is very easy to explain. The hard part; the hard part
of it is feeling the ball. In tennis, it’s a lot about feeling the ball. But let’s go
ahead and explain it. You want to have your left foot in front of you. Racquet back; you’re
going to be contacting the ball. Just keep it, just contact, make sure that when you
contact the ball, you don’t have your racquet too close yet. You’re going to contact the
ball as a regular shot, but it’s when you’re carrying the ball, that you’re going to start
tilting your racquet to the side and then do like a wind chill affect finishing with
your shot. Let me do it again. Basically, you’re going to start the same way for the
forehand. Difference is that after you contact the ball, you’re going to tilt your racquet
just a little and finish it up with your racquet really, really tilted and that’s how a forehand
with spin is done.

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Dennis Veasley

10 thoughts on “How to Hit Basic Tennis Shots : Tennis Shots: Topspin Forehand”

  1. As I commented about yr other vid, it's not tilting, but rather 'closing' the racket. Again, there is no mention about hitting from low to high to impart top spin.

  2. @MattScottUK actually no. you tilt the racket just a little because when you are hitting hard with top spin you need to get under the ball. she is correct. if the racket is vertical then that means when you make the contact point on the bottom of the ball. the ball will fly out of bounds.

  3. @MattScottUK if u watch all pros u will see that they actually have the racket tilted while they are swinging. its called a semiwestern grip that most players use when they hit harder strokes for their forehand. Im only 12 but I've done my research

  4. Federer and others use an eastern grip – many women players use western grips as you can see in photographs the majority have bent elbows as they swing up into the ball. Some players, as Federer does, extends his arm towards the ball. You're quite wrong when you say that all pros use a semiwestern grip. You're knowledge and research are poor – but good try for a 12 year old.

  5. All good coaches and decent web tutorials show with video evidence that the racquet face is vertical (perpendicular) to the ball at impact. Just Google search images of tennis forehands. On slow-motion forehands one can see that the approach just before impact shows a vertical racquet face as the ball is brushed from low to high. What some people don't understand is torque on the racquet when the ball meets the stringbed just below the geometric centre ..

  6. – it can be seen on slow-motion clips that the ball has already left the strings and AFTER this the racquet face is seen to fold over, however, it is not done deliberately by the player using their wrist. It is an after effect. In some Federer videos the racquet can be seen to wobble; in one the racquet folds over completely on follow-through. Poor coaches with poor understanding mislead their students because they don't understand the basic principles of contact.

  7. Doesn't matter what you do with your feet, it's the stroke that produces topspin – even wheelchair players can create topspin and obviously stepping out on one particular foot has nothing to do with it. Watch players trading shots from the baseline – open stance and body rotation generated from the outer foot, not by crossing over with the opposite foot – it's totally irrelevant and not a requirement for topspin.

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