Best way to return slice shots?...

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by LazyAzN, Sep 6, 2006.

  1. LazyAzN

    LazyAzN Rookie

    Mar 24, 2005
    So pretty much, for my match today, I was playing a pusher... So what ended up happening... Was that he was pushing the ball back and back further and further from the service line, using lobs and slices.

    So what I tried, was hitting the 4 boxes of the court (draw a line down from the middle to the baseline, and you get what I mean). But what happened was that he just sliced them back or lobbed them back...

    So when I went for a putaway with a regular stroke in front of the service line when it was short, and because of the backspin associated with the slices, my balls went out... If I tapped the ball, it would've gone back to the person, thus I had to do a whole slicing game against the pusher, doing as many as 30+ ball rallies... Because I couldn't trust putting away the ball when it was sliced.

    So can someone tell me how I can improve on hitting slice shots with topspin so I can have some more confidence on putting away shots?.

    Btw. I lost 3-6 3-6...
  2. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Don't think you can just put a low slice shot away for a winner. It's coming in low and slow so often better to just hit crosscourt with a steady shot and wait for a higher bouncing ball to put away. You could also hit a slice shot and come to net behind it. That is another way to deal with short slice.
  3. Bagumbawalla

    Bagumbawalla Hall of Fame

    Jun 24, 2006
    If this is just pretty normal slice (not like a drop shot). Just hit through the ball with lots of foreward momentum with your racket moving low to high. Hit the ball solidly. The natural (not exaggerated) topspin is enough to send the ball back over the net and into the court with plenty of pop.

    This works for me. One of my prcatice partners skims the ball back and it bounces only a foot or so up from the court. I get down low and just hit thorough it aiming over the low part of the net when I can.
  4. mahouFuji

    mahouFuji Rookie

    Aug 18, 2006
    try do the shot nadal does his open stance one its really useful against slices
  5. Bottle Rocket

    Bottle Rocket Hall of Fame

    Jan 12, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Hit a solid shot. Hit through the ball and hit a heavy top spin shot.

    At least in my experience, most of the guys that slice everything back have an EXTREMELY hard time dealing with heavy top spin.

    If he hits a low slices that lands in front of your service line, don't go for a put-away. Hit a deep shot and come into the net. A nice sliced and slow return from him will give you an easy volley.

    Do not start playing his game. Do not slice everything back. Play your game!
  6. LuckyR

    LuckyR Legend

    Jun 2, 2006
    The Great NW
    ^^^^ What he said, with the addition that it is way easier to do with an Eastern FH grip.

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