To put some sidespin on your topspin the
main thing is to use your wrist. If you have your wrist nice and straight you will get
straight topspin on the ball, if however you drop your wrist you are going to start to
curve around the outside of the ball. If you lift your wrist up you’re going to curve on
the inside of the ball and get the ball to fade away. The crucial thing to getting some side spin
on the ball is to control the end of your racket. If you drop the end of your racket
the ball is going to curve one way. If you lift the end of your racket it will curve
the other way. So that position there is the crucial factor in the amount of side spin you are going to get on the ball. So when would you use the sidespin topspin.
The main idea is to try and drag your opponent away from the center of the table. If you’re
trying to drag them away across there you would use the hook to curve the ball out wide
that way. If you are trying drag your opponent out that way you would use the slide or the
fade stroke. You are just trying to make sure you are trying to get your opponent out of
position. Another advantage of using some side spin
with your topspin is that it makes it difficult for the blocker, because it’s something different.
they are very used to the straight topspin coming at them but when the ball is curving
the ball becomes a little bit harder to block. Of course there is the disadvantage of trying
to use the sidespin with your topspin. It becomes a little less consistent because you are not getting the pure topspin to dip the ball onto the table. The sidespin tends to make
the shot a little bit less accurate.