- ETI 036 Spin - Changing Two Things at Once
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Three factors control your tennis shot – not your feet, not your eyes, not your balance (though all of those do help) but the only three elements are
- Angle of the racquet face
- Swing Path
So from a level swing with a vertical racquet face, if one wants to create backspin the adjustments are at least two fold – open the racquet face (a little or a lot) and create a high to low swing path (again a little or a lot) depending on the amount of spin you want.
But, stay with me on this, when it comes to the serve, quite often when players try the continental grip which does change the angle of the racquet face, all the subsequent serves go way wide to the left of the target because the swing path was not similarly adjusted to somewhat more (or less) to the right of the target.
Worth saying again, if you are working on a sidespin serve, or any other spin shot you choose, you are tinkering with adjusting both face and path.
And as to tempo, truly one can play with an open face and an upswing if the tempo is reduced, (sometimes these people are unfortunately called pushers)
But come to terms with these three factors – sort of like the holy trinity in Louisiana for gumbo – onion, celery and bell pepper! Man I miss those days when I lived in New Orleans.
I just added a video from my course Mastering the Backhand, which I think you will find a useful complement to this podcast.