How do you do a forehand slice?

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  1. ExHiLaToR

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    Anyone have a series of pictures or a video of the proper racquet swing and grip in order to do this?
     
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  2. eagle

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    Don't have pix but this is how I do it: Same forward motion and swing path as the one handed backhand slice but with continental grip.

    r,
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  3. cadfael_tex

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    Here's how I was taught to:
    1. prepare as for a flat forehand - butt of racquet toward ball straight back.
    2. Bring the racquet arm up - the amount depending on how much slice.
    3. Drive forward throught the ball with high to low swing - finishing up with follow through to racquet head pointing toward the target.
     
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  4. Mountainman

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    Is it easier to hit a backhand slice?

    After examining the kinetics of human muscles of the shoulder, arm, and wrist, I could not explain why the resistance of the back-hand rotation is higher than the forehand rotation. Therefore, the backhand slice is easier to hit.
     
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  5. Rickson

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    Put the racquet in a vertical position with no backswing. Hit under the ball, but not too far under or you'll pop it up. Use the slice forehand for short shots because the backspin and short distance will provide a perfect drop shot with a very low bounce.
     
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  6. Maledizione

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    For me, the forehand slice was more intuitive. I had an effective forehand slice for a couple of months before my slice backhand started to show up.
     
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  8. Return_Ace

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    you sound like me -.-' sure you haven't stolen my game???
     
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  9. iLuveKetchup

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    No offense to you Koaske. But, what in the world is that guy in the video doing??? Was that an overhead??? LOL That looked very spastic!! Man, I dont think I ever hit a ball like that (or would want to).
     
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  10. Marius_Hancu

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    No, it IS a FH slice:)

    well, not a la Federer when rushed off the corner, but still ...
     
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  11. kabob

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    You don't want to hit under the ball, that's a common misconception. 90% of the time, you'll pop up the ball doing that or hit into an easy sitter for your opponent. eagle has the right idea; you aim for the back of the ball and hit through, just like a backhand slice. The motion of your swing determines the trajectory and spin of the ball.
     
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  12. ShooterMcMarco

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    you can use an eastern forehand grip to forehand slice as well.
     
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  13. SageOfDeath

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    That's what I always thought but I tried and for some reason eastern forehand seems too open, but that makes no sense to me since its an eastern forehand continental would be more open..... I dont know....
     
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  14. ShooterMcMarco

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    if i'm on the dead run, its a lot easier for me to use the continental than the eastern. so i guess for me, its situational.
     
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  15. dakels

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    This is a horrible example :p

    A forehand slice is more of a forehand swing to the side of your body and not an overhead motion like the guy in the video is doing. A forehand slice is not unlike a forehand volley but with more of a follow through depending on how much you want to cut the ball.
     
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  16. Rickson

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    Listen shishkabob, I clearly said not too far under or you'll pop it up. My forehand slices don't pop up.
     
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  17. Koaske

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    I know it's horrible, but at least it's a video and I couldn't find better :D
     
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  18. akj27

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    ask angelo
     
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  19. dakels

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    Good example though of guys on local courts who have developed mediocre to bad strokes and play them well. Just because it's a bad stroke does not mean it's not effective. It's a major thing to decide early when teaching adults. Patch a not so good stroke, or break it down completely and rebuild.
     
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  20. kabob

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    Thanks, and I clearly understood what you said. :p Nonetheless, you do not aim for the underside of the ball, at all. What I described works for most people and is what any coach or tennis pro will teach you (and how I was taught).
     
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  21. ExHiLaToR

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    good tip, I tried this today and it works but I think I will concentrate more on developing my backhand slice.
     
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  22. Maledizione

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    I agree with kabob about aiming for the back of the ball and not under it.
    That's how I do my forehand driving slice. I use a continental grip and the racquet face is a bit open. I aim for the back of the ball and drive through and cut at the sametime.
    The most important thing for me is stepping into the slice. The slice is ineffective if I don't do that. (Talking under optimum conditions, not when pulled out wide...)

    For a drop shot, my racquet face is a bit more open and I still drive through but not as much as the driving slice and the downward motion is more than the driving slice.
    I also add sidespin to it by cutting downward and to the left.
     
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  23. Rickson

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    I guess I described my motion incorrectly. What I should have said was, hit from high to low and the followthrough should be under the ball.
     
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  24. liionel

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    omg that video looked as though he was using an axe instead to chop the ball.
     
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