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Oct 12 Tip of the Day - Creating a Heavy Topspin Loop

By Larry Hodges | Oct. 12, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)

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Creating a Heavy Topspin Loop

Larry Hodges

Some players naturally get a huge amount of topspin on their loops, especially against backspin. How do they do it? Here are three tips.

  • Against backspin, backswing very low, with bent knees and the back shoulder dropped.
  • Accelerate smoothly into the ball. Many players try to jerk the shot to quickly; use the whole backswing and your whole body weight to generate force – but do so smoothly and gradually. (This is the most important item.)
  • Graze the ball. If you have trouble doing this, try pulling the racket back from the ball slightly as you approach the ball.

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