Topspin

  • Topspin is not used as much in padel as it is in tennis.
  • Players should not use topspin until the upper intermediate level.
  • Topspin is often used on chiquitas to make the ball low when it crosses over the net.
  • Topspin is also used in topspin smashes to make the ball increase in velocity after spinning up the back wall.
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11 Jan 2022
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Topspin is spin that is applied to the ball in the direction of forward movement.

Topspin on a ball moving through the air exerts a downward force that causes the ball to drop, due to its interaction with the air as in the Magnus Effect.

Topspin is either applied to groundstrokes toward opponents at the net with the intention of the ball dropping after passing to the other side or smashes with the intention of the ball bouncing up high after contacting the back glass wall.

While in tennis it is used in nearly every shot from the back of the court, in padel, it is a conscious decision.

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