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So usually with the forehand we think only in terms of topspin, flat, and slice. Similar to serve. But we all know the twist serve and how effective it is. Is such a thing consistently possible on a forehand? What would the technique need to be? Would it revolutionize the baseline game if it existed?
 

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The twist serve is mostly topspin mate. Nadal can pretty much show you the forehand equivalent.
 

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The twist serve is mostly topspin mate. Nadal can pretty much show you the forehand equivalent.
Well yes, he is closest to emulating it and sometimes he does on banana forehands. But the twist serve is not a pure topspin serve.
 

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There really isn't a baseline equivalent, as the kick serve (twist) is a product of top and side spin. It's more difficult to do the same on a forehand.
 

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There really isn't a baseline equivalent, as the kick serve (twist) is a product of top and side spin. It's more difficult to do the same on a forehand.
Agreed, yes. That's the point of the thread. Is there any technical way to do this on a forehand? It would be devastating.
 

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Agreed, yes. That's the point of the thread. Is there any technical way to do this on a forehand? It would be devastating.
Not that I can think of. To get topspin and then sidespin off the bounce going the other way (right for a righty and left for a lefty) from a forehand is pretty much impossible. The only way to get a ball to bounce the other way is to cut it inside out with a slice.
 

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So usually with the forehand we think only in terms of topspin, flat, and slice. Similar to serve. But we all know the twist serve and how effective it is. Is such a thing consistently possible on a forehand? What would the technique need to be? Would it revolutionize the baseline game if it existed?
if youre looking for the next possible thing maybe someone ambidextrous with 2 forehands and abandoning his 2 handed backhand in the process. but i doubt it will happen cause of the teaching pros
 

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It could probably be done by hitting a looping moon ball with not too much spin or in effect a flattish lob(without much spin) off the bounce. That would nearly emulate a service toss, and your "forehand" would become an overhead shot, emulating the service motion. But if the ball is not high enough or has too much spin, it would be a shot with too high a risk to execute properly.

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Roddick , Nadal hit them sometimes
 
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