Play Tennis More Aggressively Using Topspin

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A fashion and textile design professional, Asha Pabla maintains an active lifestyle outside of work. One of Asha Pabla’s favorite pastimes remains tennis, which she plays enthusiastically.

While aggressive tennis involves more risk than playing defensively, it also provides more opportunities for scoring points. One of the least risky ways of playing more aggressively involves hitting with more topspin. Players who hit with topspin send a less predictable ball to the opponent. Balls hit with topspin rather than flatly will lose less speed during a bounce and arrive with greater velocity. Also, balls with topspin have a tendency to bounce higher than the opponent is comfortable hitting.

The key to hitting with topspin lies in a low-to-high motion. Players should think of their rackets almost like a windshield wiper. The swing starts below the ball but then ends higher than the ball’s starting position. This motion brushes the ball upwards through the swing and causes it to spin.

Hitting with topspin involves the risk of mis-hitting the ball since the stroke involves more technique than hitting the ball flatly. Players need to keep in mind that generating less topspin than intended typically results in hitting long.