Originally Posted by mandoura
Another question nice people:
Spin, top spin and slice ??? !!!
Here they differentiate between the three and I don't understand. For me spin is either top spin or a reverse i.e. a slice. Is there really a third kind, is there a spin that is not a top spin or a slice?
PS: I don't play at all but would like to know.
There is sidespin- a lot of the times you will see players curve the ball like a banana usually while hitting a forehand down the line for example. It looks as if the ball might go out but then curves back in. This kind of shot would have top-spin and side-spin on it. An example of a player who uses this shot is Rafael Nadal with many of his forehand down the line passing shots on the run.
In addition, sometimes when you see players like Federer hit a drop shot that spins its way back into the net and sidewards, it has a lot of backspin and side spin on it.
Another instance when side-spin is used is on serves- the right hander serving out wide to the deuce court or the left hander serving out wide to the ad-court will utilise side-spin cutting across the right (or left if you're a lefty) side of the ball causing it to swerve away from the returner opening up the court for the server on the next shot.
Top-spin is hitting over the ball causing it to spin foreward and up when it makes contact with the court- the conventional ground strokes are hit with top-spin.
Slice is often used on the backhand and is done by coming underneath the ball causing it to skid back on contact with the court. It is usually executed on the backhand side by both one handed and 2 handed backhands, sometimes as a rallying shot but mostly as a defensive shot. There are times when a player stretched out wide to the forehand will hit what is known as a "squash shot" using the wrist on the stretch to come from the side and under the ball generating a biting penetrating slice. Example of a player who uses this shot to great effect is Coria.