Taekwondo morning...belt ceremony. Us ladies received our next belt ranking; Abby and Dalton (and others) leveled up. We all worked so hard. Testing last week was nerve racking. But we did it! #usta#taekwondo#perseverance#chungshin
The adjustment? More topspin. But why??
To understand requires a breakdown of the forces acting on the ball during contact and it’s flight through the air.
FOR SHOTS GOING LONG: topspin transfers the energy of a flat stroke (distance) into a different kind of energy (spin). What this means is a player who strikes the ball with the same force can reduce the total distance the ball will travel through the air with more spin and therefore control how shallow or deep the ball goes.
The balls flight path is also affected (refer the 2nd picture above). If backspin makes the ball act like a frisbee, topspin makes it act like a rock. This will further reduce the chance of a ball going long.
FOR SHOTS GOING INTO THE NET: The longer the ball stays on the strings, the more height and spin it will gain. So if your groundstroke goes into the net, do an exaggerated knee bend (refer 1st video) to get under the next ball and 9/10 the ball will clear the net - problem solved.
Side note: if you are already hitting with topspin, to get “more” simply change the racket swing angle - if”flat” is a horizontal swing angle, Max spin is vertical. Watch the Nadal’s first five shots in the final video. His swing angle is almost vertical, with the contact. Barely making it past his shoulders. He is creating a wall of topspin. This is his default swing angle and why he is so consistent.
Leaving today with a state champion title!! 1st out of 53 girls on double mini and then got 9th out of 54 on trampoline. Qualifying in BOTH events for Nationals in Fort Lauderdale in June! Her hard work and hours spent in the gym week after week has paid off! #floridabound#gymnastics#usta
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