How To Hit More Topspin On The Forehand
Today, I’m going to cover how to hit more topspin on the forehand.
I know a lot of players struggle with getting enough topspin on their tennis forehand, despite using a semi-western grip. In fact, there can be a number of factors causing this problem.
Those include your first move, your swing path, your contact point, and your finish.
In this article, I’m going to go over each of these four specific areas, and show how you can dial them to improve your forehand consistency.
Topspin Forehand First Move
Player’s looking to discover how to hit more topspin on the forehand can benefit greatly from modeling Novak Djokovic, especially his first move.
He’s got arguably one of the best topspin forehand in tennis.
When Djokovic takes the racquet back to hit a forehand, his racquet strings typically face the back fence at a slight angle (this is a function of his grip style, so keep that in mind).
Unlike most other players, whose racquet strings will usually be facing the side fence during their backswing (again, this is impacted by grip style).
When your racquet strings are facing the back fence during your backswing, it’s going to make it a lot easier for you to drop under the ball, and brush up to create more topspin.
But remember. This tip will only work if you have a semi-western grip. If that’s not you, don’t worry. I’ve still got a few more tips to show you how to hit more topspin on the forehand.
Topspin Forehand Swing Path
If you want to generate more topspin on the forehand, you want to focus on mastering your forehand swing path.
You’ll start below the ball and finish well up above your shoulder.
A really good drill to help you get this concept is called the “net drill.” Of all the topspin forehand tennis drills you can practice, this is one of the most effective.
To do this 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 will give you the heavy topspin you desire.
Forehand Contact Point
Players looking to learn how to hit a killer topspin forehand should focus on the contact point.
Because at the contact point, there are two things you can think about in order to get more topspin.
First make sure to keep your head at contact all the way through, just like Federer.
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 much topspin.
Secondly, 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 create angles with your new and improved topspin forehand.
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.
Give those four simple tennis forehand tips for more power and topspin a try, and see for yourself just how much more topspin you’ll be able to generate on your forehand.
Hint: It’s going to be a lot.
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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