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Why use Spin! .

When we start to compare top players of today with those of some years ago, one of the most significant differences in the way they play
is due to their use of spin.

World class players , with the use of modern racquets combined with their level of fitness, means they can hit the ball much harder  and
with more aggression, and without the use of topspin would make it almost impossible to keep the ball in the bounds of the court.

The previous players used mainly flat and sliced shots and it was not until Borg came along that topspin was introduced. In todays
modern game, topspin dominates with sliced and flat shots used as variations.

By using spin this can be an excellent tactical strategy.Often a shot hit with topspin will be more effective. Here are some of the tactical reasons for using topspin.


As you learn to hit the ball harder, it becomes more difficult to keep it in court, additionally you have to keep the ball closer to the net and
your success decreases. The use of topspin to assist the power shot enables you to hit higher over the net and therefore increase the safety


It is necessary to be consistent in order to win matches. The use of both topspin and slice (underspin)  can help achieve more consistency.
Spin can slow down the movement of the ball in the air and allow you to play at your own speed.


If you wish to hit the ball where you want to and are having difficulty in achieving this; the use of slice  and/or topspin can assist in the
accuracy of your shots.


It is great when you can build up a rhythm with your hitting and you will perform better; you can upset your opponent’s rhythm by mixing
up your own play and varying your spins, this will also upset their timing and consistency.


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