Forehand Top Spin against Top Spin

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davidpui
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Hi Larry,

When doing forehand top spin against top spin - everyone commented that one should hit "top of the bounce" or "on the rise".... -

however, I like to understand a bit better what this really means... - as I know when someone do a topspin forehand to me, I have to push the ball down.. by blocking.... as the ball is rotating forward towards me.

 

So if I want to counter spin the forehand loop by hitting the ball "top of the bounce" on top of the ball doesn't really make sense to me... as if the ball is rotating forward towards me I'm hitting on the spot where the ball is spinning the fastest..... Shouldn't I be hitting and grazing the ball from the side of the ball so that I heavy topspin to reduce the effect of the top spin coming towards me ?

Or perhaps hit the ball a bit later to wait for the spin to slowly die off... 

Please advise on how I should execute this stroke..

Cheers

David

 

davidpui
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Re: Forehand Top Spin against Top Spin

Thanks Larry.

That makes sense to counterspin by taking the ball on the outside and putting some sidespin instead of taking straight on. Taking straight on would not be the answer.

Thanks again for clarifying and confirming my analysis.

 

Cheers

David

 

Larry Hodges
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Re: Forehand Top Spin against Top Spin

 

When doing forehand top spin against top spin - everyone commented that one should hit "top of the bounce" or "on the rise".... -

This is true for hitting. For counterlooping, you can take the ball on the drop. Advanced players try to take the ball quicker, but usually that still means after the top of the bounce. 

So if I want to counter spin the forehand loop by hitting the ball "top of the bounce" on top of the ball doesn't really make sense to me... as if the ball is rotating forward towards me I'm hitting on the spot where the ball is spinning the fastest..... Shouldn't I be hitting and grazing the ball from the side of the ball so that I heavy topspin to reduce the effect of the top spin coming towards me ?

When counterlooping, it's best to take the ball a bit on the outside and put sidespin on the ball, rather than meet the ball straight on, topspin to topspin, where you are, as you say, going into the fastest moving part of the ball. That's why when top players counterloop it quickly becomes sidespin counterlooping from wide forehand to wide forehand.