from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A backspin.
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- n. backspin
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I use a long fly rod with an underspin reel to get under public boat docks for big blue gill.
The chip return, the slice approach shot, the defensive underspin lob, all find their strategic moment.
If the ball's coming back with underspin and you come at it directly on top of the ball, it's just going to shoot right down back into the table.
On his second break point, he lofted an underspin backhand lob crosscourt, hitting it with disguise as he channeled his inner Ken Rosewall.
The hands separate shortly after contact to maximize extension and promote underspin, which enhances carry.
My comments of top-bottom vs. side-side were assuming you wanted to control the spin of the balls as one often wants to for tennis (top spin, or underspin).
If the serve is long enough you can loop the ball by combining your stroke with the incoming underspin resulting in a surprisingly spinny ball.
In terms of action on his balls, does he like a little topspin, does he prefer underspin, or giving the balls a little spank?