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Old Jun 20th, 2014, 08:02 AM   #1
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Topspin vs Flat?

I like to play flat, it's when my shots go fastest and are most effective, however topspin increases consistency and if useful for pushing your opponent back, especially on red clay, which I spend a lot of time on.

What do you prefer?
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Old Jun 20th, 2014, 09:53 AM   #2
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Re: Topspin vs Flat?

I play with a very flat game but I learn to play in the 90's when that was in fashion. I play with an eastern grip on the FH. I much prefer that to heavier spin. I prefer short points.
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Old Jun 20th, 2014, 12:24 PM   #3
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Re: Topspin vs Flat?

I think a good balance of the two is the best. But it's good to mix it up as well, so hit shots from the back of the court quite flat, but hit short balls hard but with topspin.
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Old Jul 5th, 2014, 08:03 PM   #4
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Re: Topspin vs Flat?

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I like to play flat, it's when my shots go fastest and are most effective, however topspin increases consistency and if useful for pushing your opponent back, especially on red clay, which I spend a lot of time on.

What do you prefer?
The problem with the flat game is the margin for error.

I sometimes play a women who is a member of our clubs first team. She hits very hard flat shots, I hit with lots of spin. In the rallys it looks like she is winning, her ball is moving faster, but all I have to do is put spin on her hard hit flat balls and send them back.

Three, four shots into the rally, she hits the net. She clears the net by inches, my net clearance is measured in feet. Plus my topspin shots sometimes kick out of her hitting zone and she sends them into the back fence. If you hit flat, I think you have to get the first strike in the rally, or you will be in trouble against a player with topspin shots.
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Old Jul 5th, 2014, 09:32 PM   #5
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Re: Topspin vs Flat?

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The problem with the flat game is the margin for error.

I sometimes play a women who is a member of our clubs first team. She hits very hard flat shots, I hit with lots of spin. In the rallys it looks like she is winning, her ball is moving faster, but all I have to do is put spin on her hard hit flat balls and send them back.

Three, four shots into the rally, she hits the net. She clears the net by inches, my net clearance is measured in feet. Plus my topspin shots sometimes kick out of her hitting zone and she sends them into the back fence. If you hit flat, I think you have to get the first strike in the rally, or you will be in trouble against a player with topspin shots.
This so much!

My strokes are hard and flat, which is all well and good and effective most of the time. But you do have to be on! If i'm put under pressure by someone with heavy topspin strokes, on a good day I can get away with it if I'm timing the ball well & can take it early, but it's not much fun & on a bad day it's not pretty at all! I hate those balls which kick up over your shoulder height!

A heavy ball will rush your opponent and push then back, producing a short ball or an error, far better than a flat rally ball - no matter how hard you hit it!
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Old Jul 6th, 2014, 01:58 PM   #6
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Re: Topspin vs Flat?

I play flat when warming up, it's good for my initial feel of the ball. Then I try to mix it up, if my feel on a certain day is bad, I go to flatter strokes until my feel improves. Originally my backhand was very flat and my forehand very spin, but in recent years it has become the complete opposite, even though my flat forehand still isn't as improved as my backhand spin.

When playing crosscourt, I rarely play flat, except when I'm on the run and am forced to play in open stance. The major problem of mine lately has been that I can't figure out which strings (and what tension) would suit me for playing shots with more spin - many budget strings seem to wear out and lose their friction very fast.
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Old Aug 28th, 2014, 02:31 PM   #7
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Re: Topspin vs Flat?

Flat. Trying to add more top spin. Especially on forehand. But backhand is pure flat and forehand mostly flat.
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Old Aug 28th, 2014, 07:22 PM   #8
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Re: Topspin vs Flat?

I used to play flat, but then my forehand got all messed up and now it's more topspin while my backhand is still mostly flat though I can hit topspin when necessary.
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Old Aug 28th, 2014, 07:52 PM   #9
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Re: Topspin vs Flat?

When I was playing a lot I definitely played flat...after the 2 year break I've taken my timing is still there to a degree but I'm definitely learning to hit more topsin. I don't know why but hitting with top spin takes sooo much more energy out of me than when I'm hitting flat.
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Old Aug 28th, 2014, 09:57 PM   #10
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Re: Topspin vs Flat?

Both, but I guess more often topspun because my errors never tend to be in the net. However, not a lot of net clearance usually either, so probably doesn't really have the benefit/effect of properly topspun shots. I should probably commit to one way or another 'cause they may be stuck in a weird in-between world.

I think I'll try and flatten out and hit harder, I can do that too, but more often than not it's a random surprise and often out of desperation. Like, the last match I played I didn't win a game but towards the end on one shot (second serve return) I was like 'fuck this shit' and hit an absolute bullet of a backhand, flat, and I swear it was the same as some pro's winner speeds . Landed right on the line and wasn't a winner but he couldn't get it back over. I can in general go for the kill on second serve returns, but in rallies I seem to struggle to hit winners. Maybe because my groundies are not flat enough yet not topspun enough either .
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Old Aug 28th, 2014, 10:51 PM   #11
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Re: Topspin vs Flat?

Won't hit topspin unless I'm in a really awkward position that disallows me from hitting flat. 85% of my game is flat hitting.
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Re: Topspin vs Flat?

Topspin. Flat hitting is not effective against good retrievers/defenders and better players.
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Old Aug 30th, 2014, 02:21 AM   #13
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Re: Topspin vs Flat?

After the great match I just played, Flat. All. The. Way.
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Re: Topspin vs Flat?

Used to play flat with an eastern grip but adjusting to semi western now and trying to hit top spin. My Two handed backhand is still flat though I dump a lot of balls from the backhand wing into the net.
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