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Whenever I teach people how to Topspin on the forehand, I realised that many are already very used to flat hitting, and will still go ahead and flat contact before pretending to end very high such that it looks like Topspin. I recorded and realised that's the problem.
What is the optimal way of kicking that habit?
I thought of making them do "standing parade": means keeping their arm and racket at that fixed closed angle for muscle memory, then make them do the topspin action in slow motion, and slowly speed up. Then I hold the ball and simulate the projectile motion in slow motion as well. Is that a good idea?
Are there better ideas?
The slow action can work for some players to get them to really feel the positions of the hand and arm.
Give it a try and see how you get on.
Also feedback for them during the normal stroke can help. Get them to touch something lower and then complete the action to the finish position. You can do this by putting an object at the right height for them to touch before playing the shot.
You can also get them to focus on the trajectory of the ball. By placing a rod high above the net that they need to hit the ball over will force them to hit the ball with topspin to get it up and down in time. This will give them the feel of the contact. Once they have that, you can then remove the rod and get them to focus on the brushing contact.
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