What does a sliced ball look like after a bounce?
I have a tennis partner who has this shot that (I think it is a slice?) looks like it has backspin on it. When the ball hits the ground after the bounce, it basically just almost stops forward progress and has a "tumbling" action.
Is that what a pro ATP slice is supposed to be like? If not, what does a pro ATP sliced ball do after the first bounce? (if the returner does not return the ball). In other words, what kind of action is on the ball?
It depends on how much of the side of the ball you come across on the slice. Sometimes it'll bounce and skid a bit to the side, other times it'll simply bite and stay low. If you really get under the ball it can bounce back over the net. It all depends on the way you make contact with the ball.
It really depends on a number of factors. I assume the the slice that you are taking about is primarily backspin (not sidespin). A fast, low-trajectory slice will tend to skid and stay low and continue moving forward (with topspin!). A shot, with heavy underspin, that hits the court at a steeper angle will tend to sit up and stop or slow its forward progress.
If the backspin, relative to the forward speed, of the ball is great enough, the ball will bounce backward since it is still spinning in the same direction (instead of converting to topspin as most shots do).
Note that (vertical-axis) sidespin will NOT affect the bounce direction. The presence of sidespin will cause the ball to break left or right prior to the bounce but has NO effect on the the bounce direction itself. It is the presence of spiral spin (nor sidespin) that will cause the ball to jump left or right on the bounce.
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