Help on SLICE Backhand, Which part of Ball do you hit,with a High to Low swing?

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  1. millenium

    millenium New User

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    Some people say brush UNDERNEATH the ball with a slightly open face racket with a high to low swing.?

    Other people say at contact, slice the BACK of the ball, not the bottom, with a high to low swing.?

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  2. aphex

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    i'd say at about a 30 to 45 degree angle (from the horizontal axis)
     
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  3. millenium

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    Yes but what part of the ball do you hit? This is where is am confussed.
     
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  4. MarrratSafin

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    Back of the ball for a penetrating/attacking slice, under the ball for precise placement/drop shots IMHO.
     
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  5. Nellie

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    Well - both are right. You need to focus on getting behind the ball for a decent, non-floating slice. To get the ball over the net, your racquet face will need to be slightly opened to provide some upward force since you are swinging down at the ball to get the slice. Really - focus on the racquet path and not the point of contact - high to low with good weight shift to get a biting slice. The more you try to get under the ball, the more you will attempt to cut the shot, getting a weak, floating, defensive shot with habits that are hard to change.
     
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  6. GuyClinch

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    I find that unless i really think about swinging through the ball you end up with a weak floaty slice.. <g> So the back of the ball is better for most shots.
     
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  7. Bungalo Bill

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    I eye the ball to hit the top outside part of the ball. I go through the ball and toward the target. I always try to make contact while balanced over my front leg. Many times players are still shifting their weight forward or not at all when they make contact.

    Do not trick yourself into thinking you are giving away the direction of your shot when you followthrough towards the target. The ball travels from one end of the court to the other in about a second. Your opponent will not have time to analyze the incoming ball and your followthrough to to get a jump on the ball. Hit your stroke and use good form no matter what. You are trying to reduce YOUR errors not try to trick your opponent.

    I also try to keep the handle tucked up into the V my thumb and index finger make as this help keep control of the racquet head.

    Swing from the shoulder and the arm becomes a "fixed" lever that is shaped like a long "L" from the tip of the racquet to your shoulder.

    You also need to feel yourself hit the ball from your legs and not your hand.
     
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  8. larry10s

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    try 8 oclock on the ball. outside to inside. if you get under the ball it floats and has no bite . under the ball for drop shot only.imho
     
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  9. 3lowdown

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    /thread. A driving shot with the open face will be a great slice. The spin is produced by the open face and not by you so forget about that and you have a good slice.
     
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  10. Nonentity

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    back of the ball for high slices, the closer the ball is off the ground, the lower you hit on the ball. but you still never hit under the ball
     
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  11. BullDogTennis

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    you hit the edge of the ball. because that side spin will pull the ball down.
     
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  12. Double bagel

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    Just do what Steffi Graf did.

    Geez;-)
     
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