Learn & Teach Topspin
Topspin learning and teaching aid
- Master topspin quickly and transform your tennis - more power, control & consistency
- 'Guides' racket face along exact path of modern tennis strokes
- Ideal for intermediate players & beginners
- Practise anywhere - the office, the garden, or watching TV!
Well over 90% of tennis strokes are now hit with topspin. And because it delivers such consistency the sooner a player acquires the skill, the better.
Why is topspin so important?
A tennis ball hit with topspin dips down as it travels (the 'Magnus effect'). This means:
- You can hit it a lot harder and still be consistent, because your margins for error are much greater. The ball will clear the net comfortably and still dip down well before the baseline.
- It takes time away from your opponent. After the ball bounces it lurches up and forward much more quickly off the court surface than a flat shot does.
- You’ll be hitting with a relaxed arm and wrist which puts a lot less strain on your body, so you're much less likely to get tennis elbow.
It's not easy to teach - or teach yourself - topspin. Players often try to roll their wrist over the ball. This generates topspin, but unreliably. If you hit the ball fractionally early it goes long, and if you hit it fractionally late it ends up in the net. Coaching instructions like “swing low to high” and “brush up the back of the ball” are meaningless if the player can’t actually feel what topspin feels like and see what the racket is supposed to do.
How does the TopspinPro work?
The TopspinPro training aid allows you to replicate instantly the exact bio-mechanics of the modern tennis groundstroke. With the TopspinPro you can repeat the correct stroke fifty times in a minute. This repetition is critical to learning a new habit as it locks in the muscle-memory. Moments later you’ll be hitting perfect topspin.
By forcing you to keep the angle of your racket face constant and allowing you to feel what it’s like to brush the ball, not hit it, the TopspinPro combines both the visual and kinaesthetic elements essential to genuine accelerated learning. It focuses on the impact zone (30 cm pre and post contact) where the racket face is typically between 75 & 80 degrees and encourages the use of the wrist to generate the spin.
Ideal for learning the windshield-wiper forehand, the single and double-handed topspin backhand and also the topspin serve (just lift the head unit out off the stand).
“I think this could be a major teaching aid for tennis. Creating topspin without losing the racket path, but still maintaining a firm, laid back wrist at impact is such a challenge. The TopspinPro really helps with this.”
Marjorie Blackwood, former WTA Top 50 player, two-time Wimbledon doubles quarter finalist, 28 years coaching beginners up to Canadian National Team
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