Hey everyone. Florian Meier here, onlinetennisinstruction.com.
Today I want to give you tip for the slice backhand. Nobody likes to play against the
slice that stays really low and skids through the court. In order to counter that kind of
a shot, you really have to bend your knees and get low, and most of your opponents don’t
like to do that at all. Therefore, I think the slice can be a real weapon in your game.
So what is the key for developing a slice that stays really low and is difficult to
handle? The key is to keep your racket face relatively flat around contact. The most common
error I see is that players open up the racket face way too much trying to put a lot of backspin
on the ball. Have a look at these two slice backhands. On the first one, I have my racket
face very open. What happened? The ball went up high in the air and turned out to be a
floater. These kinds of shots can be returned very easily. On the second one, on the other
hand, I focused on keeping my racket face rather flat and moving the racket forward
through the shot. As a result, the ball stayed low and really went through the court. These
kinds of shots are much more difficult to return.
Alright,so much for today’s tip on the slice backhand. I really hope it helps you with