I have been playing for near 2 years now and have been training a lot especially when it comes to spin development i can topspin very consistebtly with a lot of spin and good power but my coach says i need to hit forward more as in i should hit through the ball more. He said i will keep most of the spin as i am only hitting through the ball a bit more but the ball will be much lower and faster is this correct i notice many top chinese players such as ma long do this. Should i practice this shot now and change this to my normal forehand? I find when i do it i make more mistakes but i think i should adjust when i get used to putting the ball lower to the net. What are your thoughts on this?
I think he your coach is correct if you are struggling to get power. Of course you do still need to have a good contact on the ball to produce a bit of topspin and with practice it will improve for sure. It’s hard to say that you make it your normal forehand because you need different shots at different times and situations but it will definitely help if you can learn a more powerful and aggressive forehand to win more points with. But still be able to play with spin and control when needed
Thanks tom i have noticed that pro players get a lot more power than i can imagine compared to the average player i get a good bit of power but from what i can see the pro’s just have a completely different level of power is this hitting through the ball a bit more a key technical point to getting more power? Ard there any other general points to getting more power?
No worries Reece. Its hitting through the ball but also the pro players generate power so well with a few key areas that you can work on too. First is timing and always being in position to hit the ball at the top of the bounce. Then they use their legs and body very well l to get power, not only the arm. They have a good body rotation and weight transfer which means the arm can stay more relaxed and accelerate through the ball faster.
Those are the key points to getting more power like the pro players and of course it takes practice but you can improve all these areas too 🙂
Thanks again tom