We’ve all heard the directives to hit the tennis ball from low to high, and from the bottom of the ball brushing up, to get top spin in tennis. Those are still true, but with today’s technology and grips, there is a much simpler way to get top spin on your tennis ball.
Right now where I am in Northern California, the rains have finally come, and instead of being out on the tennis court I’m in my vehicle watching the windshield wipers arc back and forth. We tennis players can take inspiration from this motion to get topspin on our shots.
First, you want to begin facing the net with your racquet face open, and your wrist and racquet dropped down. Drop the ball to yourself and hit up and across the ball as you hit it over the net, following through to your opposite shoulder in an arcing motion just like a windshield wiper. Next, you want to add some power to your shot by utilizing your lower body. As you hit up and across the ball, bend your knees at the bottom of the arc and straighten them as you hit and follow-through. Finally, to ensure that you’re finishing with the windshield wiper motion, make sure the thumb of your hitting hand ends up on your opposite shoulder.
Get inspiration for your tennis techniques from the rain by imitating your windshield wipers. You’ll see the top spin in your tennis game – and so will your opponents!