Last updated on 01-Apr-2013 08:17:30 PM
I would like to have some advice about the forehand topspin. I think my preparation to the shot is quite good (right foot behind to form a side angle of 45 degree, bat behind the right knee) but i still have some trouble with the follow-up after hitting the ball. I know I have to swing the arm till , as you say, the imaginary line between head and shoulder. If I am able to do it during shadow playing when I actually hit the ball (as friends told me) I instinctively stop the swinging too early with the result that the ball has little spin. Moreover it seems I tend to lean backward with back when I'm taking the shot. I've been trying for weeks to correct such mistakes but I can't find the way out. Are there any exercises that can help me ?
Thank you very much
When you practice the topspin for a while, I want you to play them slowly to start with. At the end of each stroke I want you to actually follow through and touch your right eyebrow, very gently. Don't swing back and get ready for the next ball until you have touched the eyebrow with your bat. This will feel strange. Be strong enough to do this for a good 5 minutes or so when you start your forehand topspin practice and you will soon find a difference.
Keeping the ball slow is a key. Don't worry if the path up to your eyebrow is crooked or it even takes half a second when you finish your stroke to get the back up to the right position. Eventually you will start to get the bat through on a straight path and smoothly through your stroke.