from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rotary motion that spins a ball horizontally.

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  • n. Rotation around a vertical axis that makes a ball or other object curve in flight


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  • Loft also decreases sidespin, which is always a good thing.

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  • But once he swats a quick-release serve, slices a two-handed backhand or chops a sidespin forehand, he reveals himself to be a proud member of a small, colorful, warmly regarded and now nearly extinct species: The funky tennis player.

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  • The action was fast and furious, as sidespin serves, edge-splitting slices, and smooth smashes were exchanged.

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  • And if his shot had an unorthodox release—generating as much sidespin as backspin—it also had uncanny range.


  • But the hill-imparted sidespin soon took over, and the ball began drifting slowly and inexorably to the right.

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  • The sidespin did not have much effect on the bounce, but would be very strong against the opposing paddle.

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  • He returned it with a high looping sidespin shot, the kind that could utterly befuddle a neophyte but would be a lost point against an experienced player.

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  • Stile delivered a swooping undercut sidespin ball that struck the table and took off at an impressive angle.

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  • The reformulated blend of mantle material is designed to further reduce sidespin and backspin on longer golf shots.

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  • A low-lofted club will usually produce more sidespin than backspin, which translates to more balls in the trees. - News


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