- ETI 003 Corkscrewing – using your legs for topspin and power
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[headline_tahoma_small_left color=”#000000″]Push on the ground and the ground pushes back[/headline_tahoma_small_left]
This is somewhat a common phrase from mechanics and physics, but it dos take some explaining. Meaning if you were on thin ice and pushed on the ground, it would not push back but rather you would break through the ice.
Said another way, if you are on a bathroom scale and you drop and suddenly land you will be lighter when dropping but heavier when you land. And this down and up action adds to the power of the upward drive.
So when using the ground to create more topspin and more power, the key is how you push on the ground, and whether you can create an upward rotational movement.
This means for topspin (as well as the serve) one prepares by turning away from the ball as the knees bend (corkscrewing down) and then pushing and turning into the ball for the hit (corkscrewing up).
This will feel and be entirely different than the other method of simply stepping in with your weight against the ball without any down and up from the ground.
So much of our game is about the legs.
How to move them to the ball, how to take extra small and quick positioning steps for just the right spacing …… and then how to corkscrew down and then up and out for powerful topspin hits.