Slice at the net

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  1. Coach Chad

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    I am a lefty, and have had success when someone hits a drop shot to my backhand by hitting a short backhand slice. The ball sort of "arcs" over the net, and has good spin. My question is this: when I try the same slice with my forehand, it does not "arc" at all. It just goes into the net. Is it me, or is this just not a wise shot? Thanks.
     
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    The Fh slice is not as easy or natural for that type shot.
    With work, you can do it if you understand the Fh slice well though.
     
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    Also, your forehand grip is usually not suited to slicing, if it's strong like SW or W's.
    Most of us hit lots of backhand slices during baseline play.
    Very few of us hit forehand slices duriing baseline play, so you might consider switching grips to your volley grip, a continental, so you can slice off both wings when inside your own service line.
     
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    I am talking about coming to the net hard. When I first started playing, with all that inertia coming forward, I would hit a flat shot that would go well past the baseline. Then, I started gripping the racket head with my right hand while running forward, then letting go and giving the ball a little slice with my left hand. Works good! Just can't get the little slice to work with my forehand. What shot should I use when coming hard to the net with my forehand? What shot do you use?
     
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    Against a Dropshot? Topspin. Flat, if its getting really low to the ground and about to bounce a second time.
     
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    Well, I don't think there is any one shot that will work for every situation. Because of that, or (if you get drop-shotted a lot) then you should get out there and practice. There is no reason you cant't hit the forehand as you do the backand- just practice (and a continental grip would help).

    When you get to the ball, is it dying, staying low, sitting up, bouncing high, close to the net, deep enough to drive, above net-height? Where is the opponent- coming in, hanging back, out wide-- these things will tend to suggest what sort of stroke you use for your reply and where you might want to place it.

    So, I am going to suggest you get with your practice partner and work on the full gamut of responses- hard, flat placement to open court; a drop-volley of your own; a lob volley; a deep, "defensive" volley; angled volleys and so on.

    Then, I might, also, ponder- why are you getting drop-shotted to the extent that this seems an issue and what might you do to discourage them? Practicing your volleys/ half-volleys, so you are good off both sides, is a start. Playing in closer to the net is an option. Practice your foreward motion by standing behind the baseline and have your partner toss short, drop-shot like balls randomly to your right or left (and you can strive to hit a targeted area).

    To answer your question, "Is it me, or is this just not a wise shot"? Well, if you hit the ball into the net- then it is you, and you need to practice. Wise shot? Depends on the situation. Practice a variety of responses- then use the best one for that situation.
     
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    Post 3.
    Since your backhand is fine, why not hit the forehand the same?
    No need for more ballspeed, you are now close to the net, taking away time from your opponent.
     
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  8. Coach Chad

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    Thanks for the responses! Just going to work on both a top spin and a slice return.
     
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