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I have recently realized that I often make one particular mistake when I try to do a forehand topspin (and sometimes even a forehand counterhit or a smash): instead of transferring my body weight from my right leg to the left one when I hit the ball I'm pivoting backwards on my right leg. It's kind of difficult to describe but I hope you understand what I mean. I was wondering if you have come across such an error in your students and if you could suggest ways of correcting it.
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I think I know the picture you are describing.
What I get players to do in this situation is to focus on the balance in their feet while they are hitting the ball, slowly at first. Firstly you need to feel more pressure on the left foot during the stroke. It sounds like you know the feeling of what you are trying to do. Start with the weight 70% on your right leg and 30% on the left leg. At the point of contact the weight should be 50-50. Then on the follow through it can be 30-70. If you focus on this for a while at a slow pace and get that feeling, then start to play faster and more powerful strokes maintaining these ratios.
Let me know if it helps.
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