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Published: 08 Apr 2006 - 04:52 by missing_record1

Updated: 24 Sep 2008 - 12:27

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I have just started to incorporate sidespin into a lot of my shots, on rails in particular, and I've found it to be very effective. I am quite tall, so my tendency is to hit down on the ball instead of around it, and I really have to work to get down to the ball to hit it with sidespin. But it gives me a much greater margin for error on my shots -- rails spin back into the wall even if they aren't perfect, and attack shots find the nick much more frequently. Another advantage is that when I crouch down to the ball I take up that much more space, making it more difficult for my opponent to crowd me. It has really helped my game!

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From rippa rit - 08 Apr 2006 - 07:03   -   Updated: 08 Apr 2006 - 07:10

Morning evil_flounder - yes, that is a good idea to experiment with the ball - that is how you begin to play a "sweeter tune" on the strings.
  • I guess we refer to side spin more on volleys into the side wall nick, or volley drops (shots when the ball is higher), and undercut for drop shots.  Of course they are really the same thing just happening from a different angle.
  • When you sidespin or undercut the ball you can give the impression of striking the ball alot harder.
  •  By using spin,  very open racket face, there is only a small amount of the ball actually being struck, and this combined with the speed creates lots of backspin (friction), which in turn makes the ball sit down.  It can also be used in deception.
  • Here is an article written about Use of the Body which might be helpful too.
  • To get down to the ball take longer strides, which gives a lower centre of gravity, and better balance. It is not a good idea to bob up and down like a kangaroo, but sort of glide along with the loping steps, making a much smoother movement.
  • Really good for getting shots out of the corners as well.
  • Your height can be advantageous of course, and moving lower will put a bit more strain on the quads so be sure to do some warm-downs, and warmups to loosen up.
Pleased you are discovering new things as that helps motivation.  Keep up the solo practice especially concentrating on the drops and volleys. 

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Thanks so much Rita! I am headed to the courts now for practice - and am taking this print out

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