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How to Beat a Slicer | Tennis Lessons

September 3, 2019

Joe Perez: How to beat a slicer in tennis. What is a slicer? A slicer is a person that chops the ball,
creates backspin and makes their shots land in very, very low and skid a lot. If they hit it hard they skid and a slice
that’s hit softly tends to bounce and stop. So how do you beat a slicer? The main thing, and the most important thing
is that you’re going to have to bend a lot because that ball is going to be very, very
low. So you have to bend your knees and get under
that ball to make sure you don’t hit it in the net. The other thing that you have to remember
to try to beat a slicer is that you want to give them a shot they’re not able to slice
too well. What is that? A good shot to hit against a slicer is a tremendous
top spin shot, something high and soft and deep. That means that the ball’s going to be bouncing
up here and it’s much harder to hit a slice when the ball is high than when it’s low. A slicer likes the ball low, so you want to
keep that ball at a slicer’s eyeball so that now the slice is a softer, not as effective
shot. Okay? The other thing about a slicer is generally
they don’t like pace. If you can hit a lot of pace, a slicer is
going to have trouble handling that pace. But again, it has to be with top spin, high,
because then the slice has less effect. To be honest with you, thinking about that,
a slicer, when the pace is low, actually likes that because they take the pace off the ball. So a lot of times by hitting the ball low
and soft, the slicer has trouble. The slicer likes pace but not pace that’s
high. Kirk Moritz: Also the slicer typically is
going to have a problem hitting a passing shot. So if you are playing the ball a little high
to the slicer’s backhand and you follow it in to the net, if he only has a slice he’s
going to have a hard time executing a particularly good passing shot. Slicing shots are not typically nearly as
fast as a top spin stroke so you’ll generally be in good position to handle the volley. Get your racquet on the volley. Attack the slicer when you can. Joe: I agree and the other thing that you
have to be very careful about when playing a slicer is that a slicer can disguise a drop
shot. So they can hit a ball very short with back
spin and you’re going to have to run up a lot. So you have to be careful to be aware and
anticipate when a slicer might want to hit a soft, short ball with back spin or slice. Then you have to get up to the net, and again,
play offensive and force that slicer to try to hit a slice passing shot, which is again,
like Kirk says, not a very hard shot. That’s how you beat a slicer.


  • Reply mig189189189 August 28, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Great Report!

  • Reply Dankest Elf August 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Nice. Thanks for the tip.

  • Reply Darryl Campbell August 28, 2013 at 4:07 pm


  • Reply esurfer26 August 31, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    A slicer can never beat Andre Agassi, Jim Courrier and Michael Chang!

  • Reply Simphonyh Man August 21, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Good advice… I hate slicer with all my might 🙂

  • Reply Ujwal Kashyap June 3, 2016 at 1:11 am

    I'm so happy that I just found this video! Playing against a slicer is one of the most annoying things in the wonderful sport of tennis.

  • Reply NotSoHandyTim November 1, 2016 at 12:11 am

    It seems that you two guys have not yet faced a really good slicer, one that punches the ball with good authority creating a shot with good pace, barely clearing the net and yet skidding near the baseline, pushing you out of a comfortable ready position. It's very difficult to send back a high bouncing topspin from that far back, especially from the backhand side. To create a useful article you need to step your research up a level.

  • Reply kcazzzzz May 13, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    like federer, a slicer can also disguise a slice as a backhand, if he is using 1 handed backhand. you never know when he will be playing a slice, if you are too near, he hits a backhand towards the baseline which is hard to return. if you are too far, he hits a slice drop shot with side spin, which makes the the ball bounce out of the court once it lands

  • Reply Kadir Turgan September 4, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    and yess all slicers hit good drop shot..:)

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