Grigor Dimitrov clearly employing shoulder tilt while playing a routine waist height forehand, getting a solid 4 feet (122 cm) of net clearance while doing so. Big words, I know, but let me explain. Our goal on the forehand is to use the large muscles of the legs, hips, and trunk to accelerate the racket.
Below is an image of Novak Djokovic’s, Rafael Nadal’s, Andy Murray’s and Roger Federer’s net clearance with their forehands during the 2013 season. The net height in the middle is 3 feet (36 inches). Notice that Murray’s ball is the lowest at 59 inches. So even he has two feet of net clearance when playing on average.
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If you bend the knees too much, the energy will be lost in recovering from the bend and you won’t be able to get the power to the forehand, in which case you might be able to clear the net but you won’t get any power into the ball and it will be easy for the opponent to hit you anywhere they want.
Net clearance refers to the distance between the ball and the net as it passes over the net. The distance from the net gives us insight into both the accuracy and spin of shots, with flatter shots tending to have less height when they pass over the center of the court. Thus, we would expect players who use less spin on a stroke and aim low will have the smallest net clearances in general.
Topspin forehand shot can be used in a number of ball heights and also allows higher net clearance. As a result, tennis forehand slice is only used when needed. Some of the cases where the forehand slice is needed is when your opponent’s ball is high or when it is too short to successfully hit a topspin forehand.
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Topspin is the forward rotation of the tennis ball. What this does is make the ball travel much higher, allowing for easier net clearance. Apart from that, it also falls off rather steeply and bounces just as high. How Do You Hit with Topspin? The most intuitive way of performing a forehand is by hitting the ball as directly as possible.
If you're hitting a lot of topspin, aim higher. One of the biggest benefits of hitting topspin is the added net clearance it provides. Take advantage of this by aiming at least three feet above the net. Some topspin hitters average more than six feet above the net.