Don't Follow Through On Groundstrokes For More Topspin
It's an age old adage used by Tennis Instructors world wide: follow through on your groundstrokes and that will help you get more topspin. The ATP and WTA Pros who are firing rockets at each other on the slick lawns of Wimbledon this week are most certainly following through on most of their shots and they do produce a ton of topspin on many of them. While following through on groundstrokes is a positive motion that keeps the hitting shoulder healthy, it doesn't produce any spin. For more spin production, use the two shoulder turns those grass riding pros are using to keep the ball on the grass!
Here's a clip of ATP #1 Novak Djokovic practicing at Wimbledon a few days ago:
The 2 motions that produce more spin (either topspin or slice) involve two shoulder turns before the point of contact. On the forehand, his left shoulder turns towards the ball, then the right shoulder is launched forward towards the direction he's targeting. On the topspin backhand, his right shoulder turns towards the oncoming ball, then the left shoulder is launched towards the eventual target. Even on the slice backhand there's a significant right shoulder turn followed by a slight forward turn of the left shoulder.
Any level of recreational player can use this same tool to produce more spin on their groundstrokes. Of course, follow through, but that's just a recovery motion. The ball is already off the racquet before the follow through ever takes place, so that old adage is just not possible. The pros at Wimbledon are showing with every shot that this “double shoulder turn” move generates big spin and that means the racquet speed stays fast and the ball stays in!
Posted by Mandy Shephard on July 06, 2016 in Tennis Tips.