Hi, I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. Today
we’re going to talk to you about the advanced forehand topspin. In our lesson on the forehand topspin we’ve
already shown you the start and finish positions. These are still crucial when you’re trying
to play an advanced forehand topspin. So let’s first focus on the legs. To generate
more speed or have the potential to generate more speed we need to have our legs really
bent and our feet wide. The second important part is the rotation
of your trunk. This will start to increase the potential of the speed of our racket.
So on our backswing we’re rotating back, and on our follow through we’re rotating forward. There’s a transfer of your weight from your
back leg to your front leg but your legs aren’t moving during the stroke. Your stroke at the
start puts your weight on your back leg and as you rotate through then your weight goes
onto your front leg. The other thing you can start to do is just
vary the finish position of your racket. When we’re doing the basic forehand topspin we’re
finishing right up here near your eyebrow. As you start to advance your stroke and perhaps
try and hit the ball a little bit faster, you can get the bat finishing more forward.
The important thing though is that you’re still finishing up nice and high and not swinging
down too low. The other important part is where your bat
finishes. It’s important that the bat doesn’t finish past the centre line of your body.
So here’s the centre line, I don’t want the bat going anywhere past that line so this
is a good position. Now it can be up here right near my eyebrow or it can be more forward
but wherever it is it’s not crossing that centre line of my body. If you do go across
that centre line you’re starting to compromise your coordination and your recovery. If you do want a bigger stroke you can twist
your body through and as you can see now the bat still hasn’t gone past the centre line
of my body so I’m still coordinated, I’m still balanced and ready to recover for the next
ball. The other aspect of a more advanced forehand
is that their not going to be playing the ball straight to you all the time so now we
need to incorporate some movement. Thinking about what you can see on our basic footwork
lessons, we move across the table. Now the important part then though is to make sure
that you’re stopped and ready and balanced to make that advanced forehand. So if we’re
in this position, the next ball is coming over to the middle, what I need to do is make
sure I move across, get a nice balanced position, and then start to engage my legs, my twisting,
and my arm, to execute a really effective forehand topspin. To advance your forehand topspin you can use
your wrist. Now on the basic forehand topspin we keep the wrist fairly firm and move your
arm through in this sort of action. What you can do now is just relax the wrist.
On the backswing it will flow backwards, and then on the follow through it will flow forward.
You’re just adding a little bit of extra movement of your racket which will increase the racket
head speed which will increase the speed and the spin of the ball. The next thing we are going to think about
is the angle of our racket. Do you have your angle at 90 degrees to the floor? 80, 70,
60, 45? It becomes really complicated if you start to worry about the small degrees of
your racket. A more important thing to think about is the result of what’s happening with
the ball. If the ball is going to far it means you need to close your angle over a little
bit. If it’s going into the net you can open your angle. Some other principles to think
about are, if your bat is moving slowly with a very closed face the ball will drop off
but if you start to get a much faster swing with your bat then the ball is going to grip
the rubber and be projected forward. So there are a lot of little things to think about.
That’s why it’s important that you don’t make it too complicated. Have a look at where the
ball is going and then make some minor adjustments each time. That’s the way to get a really
good advanced forehand topspin.