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http://www.essentialtennis.com So what grip is best for topspin on the forehand side? Eastern or semi western? The answer may surprise you during today’s fre…
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The reason why western>semiwestern>eastern in terms of spin has nothing to
do with rolling the racket over the ball. It has to do with the natural
angle formed by the racket in relation to the ground at contact. Make an
experiment: Holding your racket, reach forward in front of your body: With
an eastern grip the racket tends to be almost parallel to the ground. With
a full western it tends to point upwards 45 degrees. In an actual stoke
this natural upwards angle is not formed until the follow through, but the
arm muscles exert to achieve it already before contact. As a result the
racket head moves upwards faster with western grips. The upwards motion of
the racket head is circular and anticlockwise (for right handers), not
linear and parallel to the ground as some oversimplify it. The more extreme
the grip, the more vicious the anticlockwise rotation. A quicker
rotation creates more spin. Thank you.
Hi Ian, how are you. I am an avid follower of your channel and really value
your advise. The big problem I face is that when I move to the net near the
service line and there’s an easy ball asking to be hit, I make a mess of it
and over hit it. Is there any word of advise for me.
You are the best. I’ve actually never heard this explained in this way but
it makes perfect sense. thanks for posting this!
So if my contact with the ball is on a slant and not perpendicular to the
meet what is it doing? What effect does hitting the ball with the racquet
head slanted have on the balls movement?
Power on topspin is mostly caused by your hips rotating from closed to open
in sync with your racket driving the ball as it moves up (the racket) to
your other shoulder. While grip is slightly irrelevant — as shown in the
video — power is developed from a lot more than your arm strength. When
you watch a player like Roddick or Federer hit topspin, watch their hips.
Great! That helps explain it! But for me, the racquet feels much more
secure with an Eastern grip. When I go to Western, it feels less secure.
Hi, Im starting after 10 years and Im using a eastern forehand a little in
the heavy side to try to generate more topspin and eastern backhand. I just
got the Babolat Pure drive and I’m not sure if it was the right racquet
choice. Is this raquet suitable for my playstyle? im trying to get use to
it but I throwing all out of the court
Doesn’t the grip also change the natural position of the ball contact? I
mean, it is way easier to hit high balls using western rather than eastern
Thank you for a great lesson. All of your movies look like I am talking to
my trainer, not watching fancy, very sweet and artificial movies with 1min
intro and 2 min ending. I have not watched all of your lessons yet, but I
Hello, I first want to say thanks Ian for all of your videos; I have
learned tremendous amounts from them and they have seriously improved my
game. I am slowly trying to conquer another milestone in my game and trying
to hit a forehand with more topspin. I have watched all your videos
relating to topspin and with an open stance, I can generate lots of topspin
with a semi-western grip. However, I have to drop the ball out in
front… Whenever I hit a ball that’s coming at me with the same mechanics
it tends to lob, very little if any topspin, and it begins to hurt my
wrist. What am I doing wrong from dropping the ball and hitting a ball
coming at me? Do you know how I could fix this? Thank you very much.
I like the phrase, “The ball doesn’t care…” (2:16)
Im a 15 year old junior tennis player of a high standard. I have just
started using the nadal forehand technique. I’m getting much more spin on
the ball and I can see my opponents struggling to hit the ball when it’s
way above head height but I’m struggling to finish the ball. What can I do
to get more power out of that kind of shot.
Hey Ian, love the videos! Just a quick question about my volleys. On
offensive volleys (when they are above the net) I seem to be hitting most
of them deep, but I don’t feel like I’m putting much into them. Is this
because the way my racquet is facing or could it be something else? So I
guess my final quotation is how to put volleys away easier, and more
hi Mr.Ian, want to ask abaut my 2 handed back hand
i can’t decide to hit the ball with spin or flat.
so i want to ask you which one is the best from two of them ?
What grip is best for topspin on the forehand? Warning – trick question!
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Clear explanation !
Man, this is so good. I am a very beginner. When I watched lot other videos
Some excellent points...liked the birds in background. Hope you do a kick
Thank you for your thoroughness. Making tennis fun again.
I wanna see your serve
GREAT SET OF TIPS AND NICE GOING THROUGH EACH STEP WITH DETAILS
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