Published on 08/14/2017 by Brady

Generating topspin is a fundamental skill for all levels of the game, yet many players misunderstand what actually creates topspin. In today’s lesson, Brady demonstrates how to generate topspin involving just two simple factors.

30 comments

  • Mutaz 3 months ago

    Thanks coach for the valuable tips… I teach my students that swinging the racquet vertically after hitting the ball (the follow through path) creates more topspin… your comments please

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 months ago

      Most definitely. The vertical swing path is what creates topspin, however it can be overused sometimes. Everything in moderation!

  • Brady Lambert 3 months ago

    Will string tension effect your ability to create topspin?

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 months ago

      Yes a looser string tension will help produce more spin. Also an open string pattern with also help create more topspin.

  • kahawaii 3 months ago

    Your lessons on video are so informative and rewarding and pass on what I learn from you and I tell my beginner students to if they want to learn the right way is to watch your videos.

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 months ago

      Thanks, I’m glad you find them rewarding!

  • Bill Everett 3 months ago

    enjoyed, would to see more.

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 months ago

      More on the way Bill. Stay tuned!

  • Tim 3 months ago

    You are very articulate in your teaching. I think you and Clay Ballard are the best out there right now in explaining shots.

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 months ago

      Much appreciated Tim! Thanks for watching.

  • James Scholtz 3 months ago

    HI Brady. Great description and videos as always. For my students I try to include some visuals + explanation. Topspin is cause by the Magnus effect – lower air pressure on bottom, high pressure on top – causes rotation. Unless you hit slice, the ball will always have topspin – the amount has to do with swing path, racket speed and angle of racket face at impact. You know from lobs that, just because you hit a bill high in the air (racket path), you don’t generate more topspin. Nadal’s racket speed and path help him create fantastic topspin but Del Potro hits harder but flatter so not as much topspin. I have my students come up to net and ball on top of net, use racket to roll the ball up over the net – to get the feeling of imparting more topspin and envision the ball going up and out/curving down into the court – then going to the baseline and visualizing same but using a target to hit to that is on the opposite baseline. Keep the videos coming – they are great. Sorry for the science lesson. Jim S.

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  • Slava 3 months ago

    Very useful.

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  • Peter McPherson 3 months ago

    HI Brady,
    I really enjoy your video lessons – a lot of solid information which you demonstrate in a clear, concise manner. Short and to the point!
    Peter

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 months ago

      Thanks Peter! More lessons on the way…

  • Vince 3 months ago

    I’ve watched many of your videos. Thanks for making them.
    FYI – I’ve never seen a “Like” on the bottom of a video. ??
    Would gladly click it if I saw it and I search the whole screen.
    Oh well….thanks again.

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 months ago

      Thanks Vince! That message is for those who also watch the video on YouTube. More videos to come…

  • Angélique 3 months ago

    thank you, Brady, nice and good video!

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 months ago

      Appreciate that Angelique!

  • Jack 3 months ago

    I find that my semi western grip allows me to drop the tip of my racket much lower than my eastern grip. Is this normal, or am I missing a hand movement that promotes more drop of the racket tip?

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 months ago

      I don’t know that a semi-western helps with the racket drop but it definitely makes it more important that you exaggerate it. Make sure your wrist remains loose and that you have a sizable loop in your backswing.

  • John 3 months ago

    I truly like how you take key concepts, then make them part of your game with very simple, yet important tips.

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 months ago

      Appreciate that John–thanks for watching!

  • Hugh 3 months ago

    Racquet drop is dependent on where you are in the court, surely? Lower at the back of the court when in defense and wanting to put a high ball to the back of the court, but shallower mid-court when you’re looking to finish the point.

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 months ago

      Yes very situational. I’ve got a video on this later in the week!

  • Tom Parkes 3 months ago

    Thanks. Reassuring to know racquet speed helps topspin.

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 months ago

      Most definitely, thanks Tom!

  • Egbert 3 months ago

    How to not loose speed of the ball when you spin more ?

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 months ago

      A ball with topspin will not have quite as much power as a flat ball, however with spin you’ll be able to control the ball more, and therefore you’ll feel freer to swing out.

  • Cecile Barker 3 months ago

    Topspin request

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