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Tennis Topspin Forehand Grip | Video 1 (Top Speed Tennis)

October 16, 2019


Hi guys, I’m Clay Ballard, Founder of Top
Speed Tennis, and this is the first video in a series of videos helping you get more
topspin in your forehand. Be sure to watch this entire video, because
we’re going to go over two very important techniques, or pieces, that are going to allow
you to create the topspin. Number one we’re going to talk about what
is it that actually creates the spin on the racket, there’s a lot of different misconceptions
out there. We’re going to talk about what creates topspin,
and number two, we’re going to talk about the perfect grip to use so that you can get
topspin on your forehand. If you don’t get the right grip you may
never be able to create topspin, so be sure to check this entire video out, and start
to incorporate that into your game. Let’s go ahead and get started. OK, so before we get started with the actual
grip, let’s first go over what is it that creates spin. You’ll hear a lot of misconceptions you’ll
think people will tell you, or people will tell you, you want to swing up on the ball,
other people will tell you that you need to swing pretty level, but it’s a downward
motion of the racket head, all kinds of different ideas. But what you’ll see when you analyze the
top players in the world, the racket as it’s coming through contact, so let’s say this
is contact with the ball, as it’s moving through contact, the racket head is moving
upward at roughly a 45° angle. So that’s happening from a little bit of
a wrist action, so the wrists are kind of kicking upwards like the windshield wiper
technique that you may have heard. It’s also happening through a forward motion
of the arm and an upward motion of the arm, all of that we’re going to get to later
in this series. That’s the first thing we need to realize
is that if we’re going to get topspin, the path of the racket needs to be going roughly
about 45° upward. I can be a little bit less or a little bit
more depending on how much spin you want to get, but that’s the general idea. Now a second thing we need to understand is
that when the ball contacts the strings, these strings need to wrap around the tennis ball,
and grab that ball, and create a little bit of pocketing. That means these strings are actually going
to bend a little bit. We’re going to get to that much more in
detail into the second video of the series, we’re going to talk about string setup and
racket setup. So today what we’re going go over in detail,
is the exact grip that you need to use. Now that we understand overall what the racket’s
supposed to be doing, and how the strings are going to grip the ball, let’s talk about
the proper grip to use in order to do that. All right, so now that we understand the path
and what the strings do, let’s go ahead and get down to the proper grip. And when talking about tennis grip, we’ll
refer to this in many videos in the future, but you’re going to look at your bevels
that are on your actual racket. So here on the very top of the racket with
the head straight up and down, the top bevel is going to bevel number one. As you go clockwise around the racket, number
one here, number two, three, four, all the way around the racket. Now for a standard topspin forehand, you’re
going to be using bevel number three, which is one’s on top, then two, three is directly
on the side. Or if you’re looking at a clock, 12:00 would
be up and down, 3:00 would be to the side, and that’s also bevel number three. Now we’re going to be using this in relationship
to the index finger, the bottom knuckle of the index finger. So you see here on my hand how I have a dot
marking the bottom knuckle of my index finger, I’m going to be placing that dot right on
the side of the racket here. So you can see that’s my, my grip. We’re
looking from this way, my grip would be just like that. The bottom of your hand, or the meaty part
of your hand opposing the bottom index finger knuckle, so down here this bottom meaty part
of your hand by your wrist, that’s going to go all the way down to the end of the racket
and barely just be off very slight amount, off the end of the racket. So most of that pad is going to be on the
racket, and that’s going to allow us to get a good firm grip, have control of the
racket, and it’s going to put our hand in a position to where we can get that wrist
snap to create the topspin. The last thing I want to mention here with
the grip is that as I take my right hand on the racket, instead of making a fist, I want
to spread my fingers out to where I almost have a small hook with my index finger. What that’s going to allow me to do is as
we’re making this forward motion, with that hook there, now we’re going to be able to
get that topspin action and get that wrist snap, and we’re going to have a lot more
leverage since we have that hook. We’re going to have a lot better control
of the racket. Now let’s go ahead and start with some demonstrations
of this, and we’ll practice a little bit. Now let me go ahead and demonstrate a few
different grips and talk about how this is going to affect our topspin. We talked about how the number three bevel
on the side is the one where we want our index finger on. Let’s go back and talk first and give a
demonstration about what I see a lot of people do incorrectly which is put the index finger
on bevel number two, which is more of a hammering-type motion, a hammering-type grip. I’ll see them trying to create topspin this
way, and it’s an overall kind of an awkward motion, and I’m really not getting a lot
of topspin on that ball, because my hand isn’t in a position to where it can move upward
very easily. As I turn it more to the side, now I can more
easily move upward and get more topspin with it more on the top in a hammering-type motion,
that’s very difficult to do. I’ll go ahead and hit a few more, and you’ll
see that it’s very tough to get any kind of topspin on there, I can only get a small
amount even though I’m trying to get that risk going upward. Now let’s go ahead and turn a little farther
to the right, where now my hand is going to rotate to the right, and that index finger
knuckle is going to be on the side. And we’ll see how now this is much more
easy to get topspin on that ball, and you can see that ball is diving down in the court
fairly nicely. I’m just tossing some balls here, this is
the way I would recommend that originally you go ahead and get used to this. Now the second, third position we can get
into is actually turn it one farther over, so this is an eastern forehand, and as I mentioned
this is the one that Roger Federer uses, a lot of other professional tennis players use. As we go one farther, this is what you’ll
see, sometimes Nadal use, which is a semi-western. And that goes all the way down to the number
four bevel, and that’s really going to get your right hand in a position where you can
really go upward on the ball, and get that snap with your wrist. If you want to create even more topspin, and
we can see that’s really getting that ball to dive down in the court, so the number three
or the side of the grip is going to be your standard, stock, topspin forehand grip. If you want to get a little bit extra, you
can go over to number four. The only disadvantage, you won’t have quite
as much penetration and driving power with that number four grip. The main thing, the main point of this video
is to make sure we stay away from that number two bevel with the index finger. That’s not going to get our hand in the
position where we can generate enough snap of the wrist to get the topspin that you’re
wanting to have. Now last thing that I’d recommend to actually
incorporate this into your game, is take baby steps. Remember we’re all about building pieces
from very small, and then building up faster, and faster. So take a rubber band around your wrist here,
and slide that over your hand once you’ve got the perfect grip, or you’ve got your
grip the way you want it to be. That’s going to help you to keep your hand
still and then not re-grip. We will be re-gripping a lot in tennis, but
not when we’re learning this original motion. I want to get my hand in the right spot, put
a rubber band on there, then practice just by tossing some balls as I was earlier, until
you get very, very comfortable with that three grip or the four grip. And as you’re doing this I want to make
sure that we’re allowing to get some top spin. That wasn’t very good [laughs]. We’re allowing that wrist to snap upwards,
get some topspin on there, and we’re really getting comfortable with that motion. So practice this, start out with a rubber
band, just tossing some balls. Once you get completely comfortable with that,
that’s when you’re going to take it out and play with this grip, with an opponent
or hitting on the ball machine, and incorporating that into your game. So hope you guys really enjoyed this video,
and as I mentioned before, this is the first video in an entire series of videos going
over how to get massive amounts of topspin ion your forehand. So be sure to click the subscribe button,
that way you’ll be notified whenever we come out with future videos. And if you want to see this entire series,
I’m going to play a preview of another video from this series. You want to want that video plus the entire
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absolutely free of charge, and start putting more topspin on your forehand, and playing
better tennis. I look forward with you guys much more in
the future, and I’ll see you all soon. …and make this L-type motion with our arms,
and then the racket needs to be pointed out at basically a 45° angle. So the racket’s going to be at a 45, and
the tip of the racket from the butt end, will be pointing right over toward 3:00. That’s the first motion that we want to
get into. So as we’re loading up, the racket tip is
going to be pointing out toward 3:00, and at about a 45° angle. Now the second move is where the, really the
magic starts to happen, and that’s the loading of the forearms. This is called a stretch-shortening cycle. So anytime you’re going to have a lot of
power and fire your muscles with good speed and good power, we need to first stretch those
muscles and then fire them. So what’s going to happen here from this
first move, we’re now going to make a motion which would be very similar to turning a doorknob
to the right with your wrist. So as we’re doing the first motion, first
piece here, racket’s out to the right. Now as I’m coming back, I want to go ahead
and turn my hand to the right as though it’s a doorknob. I’m going to do this until the tip of my
racket now instead of pointing at 3:00 is all the way back to about 7:30. Now don’t mistake this with your…

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