How To Get More Topspin On Your Forehand
If you’ve been wondering how to get more topspin on your forehand, then today’s your lucky day, because I’ve got some great tips that are going to help you do just that.
Hitting a good topspin forehand is something that a lot of players are keen to learn to do, but struggle with.
In fact, I recently received a question from a Tennis Evolution member named Len who was still struggling with hitting his forehand too flat.
He just can’t seem to hit a consistent topspin forehand, even when he’s using a semi-western grip. Thus, to help Len and yourself out, I’ve decided to put together a little list of some of my best topspin forehand tips.
Let’s get into them!
Depending on your grip style, you can model Djokovic by turning your racquet face back more during the backswing phase of the swing.
This will allow you to drop under the ball and brush up to create more topspin. If you have an eastern grip, however, you will not be able to use this tip.
But don’t worry… if that’s the case, I’ve got plenty of other forehand topspin tips for you.
To get more topspin on your forehand, you’ll want to focus on swinging from low to high, starting below the ball and finishing well above your shoulder. A really good drill to help you get this concept is called the “net drill”.
Get close to the net and make a practice swing with your forehand brushing the racquet face against the net.
The racquet tip has to drop well below the net and then brush up along the net. From there the racquet face will naturally go up over your shoulder.
This drill teaches you the feeling of brushing up the back of the ball from low to high, which is exactly what you need to do to hit a heavy topspin forehand.
Contact Point for Topspin Forehand
If you’re wondering how to get more topspin on your forehand, you need to think about how you’re making contact with the ball. At the contact point for the topspin forehand, there are two things you can think about in order to get more topspin.
First, make sure to keep your head in contact, one of the secret tips that Federer uses on his forehand.
If you look up or lean too far forward you won’t be able to brush up the back of the ball as much because your body won’t be in a great position to create nice topspin.
Second, focus on hitting the bottom outside corner of the ball. For a righty this is the bottom right corner, and for a lefty the bottom left corner.
This will ensure that you are making contact with the bottom part of the ball first and then brushing upwards.
You also want to hit the outside corner of the ball so that you can easily hit the ball crosscourt and to create angles with your new and improved topspin forehand.
The finish is something players rarely think about when they are learning how to hit a better topspin forehand.
Reason being, a lot of players think that what you do after you’ve made contact with the ball couldn’t possibly impact your topspin forehand.
But surprisingly, that’s not the case.
When you are aiming at hitting a forehand with topspin, make sure that you are finishing up above your shoulder with a relaxed hand and arm. If you are gripping your racquet too tightly you will never be able to create a lot of topspin.
Also try to point your strings more towards the sky at the finish. This “wrist break” at the finish will give you extra spin and control.
I hope these tips have helped show you how to get more topspin on your forehand. If you implement all of these tips – or even just some of them – you’ll be able to hit amazing topspin on your forehand in real-time.
By Jeff Salzenstein, Founder Tennis Evolution
Jeff is a former top 100 ATP player and USTA high-performance coach
committed to helping players and coaches all over the world improve.
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