1 handed slice backhand

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by fourraw, Jul 23, 2006.

  1. fourraw

    fourraw New User

    Jun 21, 2006
    I seem to have a difficult time hitting 1 handed backhand slices.

    Either it goes to high, and sets the other player up for a smash, or what happends is it goes low, but just not hard.

    So my question is how do i hit a hard backhand slice??

  2. Kevo

    Kevo Hall of Fame

    Feb 3, 2005
    Well, a backhand slice is not really a power shot. You'll probably never see one hit as hard as a topspin one hander for instance. What makes a backhand slice effective is that it travels in a flatter path and stays low after the bounce. That makes it harder to time for the opposing player especially if you hit one after hitting several topspin shots. The other tricky thing is that it's fairly easy to put some side spin on a backhand slice which gives the other player something else to worry with.

    So my advice is not to try and hit one hard, but hit it well. You still need to hit through the ball. Not so much low to high, but more level and use the racket face angle to put the spin on it. Make sure to hit the ball out in front of your body. If it gets too close to you then there is a good chance you'll pop it up. Also placement is important. Try hitting a crosscourt forehand to draw your opponent out wide and then follow up with a nice low slice backhand to the opposite side of the court. Not only will they be forced to hit on the run, but the ball will be low making the shot quite difficult. If you hit it well, make sure to follow into the net for an easy put away.
  3. JCo872

    JCo872 Professional

    Aug 23, 2004
    Study this one:

    Make sure to have a locked hitting arm, and use your shoulder to drive it.
  4. KennyNguyen

    KennyNguyen Rookie

    May 28, 2005
    When you hit to soft or too high, often it is because you are going down too much on your swing. Try to straighten it out if you want more pace.
  5. Amone

    Amone Hall of Fame

    Dec 29, 2005
    Detroit Area, MI
    Honestly, the key to a hard slice, in my eyes, is to hit it rosewall-style, which is really mostly a flat swing path, with the racquet really doing the slicing, and not the swing.


    Note the flat swing, with the slice coming from the open racquet face. This works only because of the flat path, and trying to hit it with a rising path will send the ball flying, and with a falling one, the shot will lose it's penetration, and sit up more; it will get spinnier, which is not in this case better.

    Another key thing to note is that he sets his weight against the shot when he hits it, another key device to hitting the rosewall slice.
  6. siber222000

    siber222000 Semi-Pro

    Apr 15, 2006
    most people like *SLICE* it like slicing some meat or something, i do slice while going forward like this:

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    \ ↓

    First one is actually the correct way, most people do second how they SLICE it down. well if i could've used my video camera, i would've video taped slice. But this is my best way to describe slice *This is forehand slice btw, backhand is like exactly opposite*
  7. TennsDog

    TennsDog Hall of Fame

    Feb 26, 2004
    This is what I tell people who are having trouble with backhand slice:

    Use a continental grip. Bring the racket up parallel or just above your opposite shoulder with the hitting face pointing up. Ideally set up such that the ball will be at about the level of your lower rib cage (or wherever else your comfort zone may be). Don't try to produce slice. Don't try to produce slice. Do not TRY to produce slice. Ok, I think we're clear on that one. If you try to produce the slice yourself, you will end up chopping down or dropping the racket head. This produces either high lobs or bottom-of-the-netters. Instead of trying to slice it, try to hit the ball flat and straight. Because of the grip and because of the fact that the ball is below the racket face (meaning the racket will be traveling down at contact), you will automatically get backspin on the ball. As it turns out, the faster and straighter you swing like this, the better the slice you'll get. Also remember to follow through fully. While the follow-through itself does not directly impact the shot, a poor follow-through can be indicative of a problematic stroke.
  8. naturalgut

    naturalgut Rookie

    May 15, 2006
    Using a continental grip, bring the racquet up to head height over your left shoulder (if you're right handed). Make sure that you are in position - when hitting the slice, the ball is taken slightly later than a flat or topspin backhand. Your knees should be flexed, keeping your centre of gravity low and increasing stability.

    Then hit the ball. When hitting, make sure that two things happen during the stroke. 1) Lead with your right shoulder (left if u play LH). The important thing to remember here is that it is not a jerky shoulder barge - then swing. It should be a smooth motion, leading with your shoulder and striking the ball. 2) Your body weight should be leaning forwards into the court. Having our weight forward makes it far easier to hit through the ball, and gives you a lot more control. If your slices are floating high, your weight is not sufficiently forwards into the court, or your racquetface is too open.

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