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Exclusive coaching tips from Rafael Nadal’s uncle and coach, Toni. on ‘How to play a topspin forehand’:

You need a good wrist, a fast wrist
. "You need to be able to move the wrist very quickly. Also, the arm needs to be relaxed."

You need to hit the ball with a lot of speed, as you can only generate a lot of spin if the racket is moving quickly.

Make sure that you also swing through the ball as otherwise you will lose power and speed on the shot. "The biggest mistake you can make when hitting a topspin forehand is when you move the racket too quickly up. If you move the racket up too quickly, it won’t be a good shot. You need that forward movement. If you just move up, you will get lots of revolutions on the ball, lots of spin, but the ball bounces on your opponent’s side of the court – boom – and it will lose all its speed. If you generate too much spin, you have another problem. Sometimes the ball goes a little short; it’s not so easy to put the ball deep into your opponent’s court. So make sure that you swing through the ball, and make sure that you follow through, that’s key."
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Remember that topspin does’t work as well against taller opponents, or on hard courts with low bounces. "In this game, there is not only one way to be a good player. Playing with lots of spin, that’s not always so good, because of different conditions and different opponents. When you play against taller opponents – against Juan Martin del Potro rather than David Ferrer – topspin isn’t so effective. And topspin is good at Roland Garros and at other clay-court tournaments, but not always so good on hard courts when the ball doesn’t bounce so much."

http://www.thetennisspace.com/toni-nadal-exclusive-how-to-play-a-topspin-forehand/

 

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Thanks Toni, I'll be sure to print this out and read it before every match.
 

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"In this game, there is not only one way to be a good player. Playing with lots of spin, that’s not always so good, because of different conditions and different opponents. When you play against taller opponents – against Juan Martin del Potro rather than David Ferrer – topspin isn’t so effective. And topspin is good at Roland Garros and at other clay-court tournaments, but not always so good on hard courts when the ball doesn’t bounce so much."
ATP needs to increase number of clay court tournaments, no? And enforce a height limit, no? And add one serve only rule, yes?
 

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He forgot to add, cheat at every opportunity and use gamesmanship to throw your opponent off.
 

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Have you seen the "Aprende A Jugar Al Tenis Con Rafa Nadal" series?


In this one Nadal says how he will position his feet based on which kind of serve he will do. Good tell, no?
 

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Put this masterclass in chapter 1 of the Tennis manual now.

ReturnAce, you gotta think about opening your own Tennis news company, man. Could make millions.
 
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