Forehand slice approach shot?

JimmyChapter

New User
I have my backhand slice approach down very well, with good footwork. Yesterday when I went out to play my friend. When we were playing he hit a short ball on my forehand side. So I sliced it and went to the net. It worked, but I had the oddest footwork.

So, what is the proper footwork for a forehand slice approach shot?
 

Mahboob Khan

Hall of Fame
The slice approach shot -- whether BH or FH -- should be dynamic. You move forward and hit at the same time so that minimum hitting time is available to your opponent.

You should time your footwork such that at time of contact you are on the right foot. Right - left - right is the footwork combination for forehand slice approach shot. Now a days on the forehand side players are using "rip and charge" combination as opposed to "chip and charge". If you can't rip it, chip it!
 

kevhen

Hall of Fame
I generally will run through my slice approach shots and will have my body left of the ball and out of the way of the swing. It takes alot of practice to hit these consistently without hitting the tape or sailing them long but you will want to keep the ball low and I usually approach up-the-line to my opponent's backhand and then cover the line and make them hit crosscourt which is difficult on a low ball they are running to get to. The key to footwork is to have one foot in front and one foot behind the ball as you run through the shot so that you have good balance and make solid contact since you will want to keep over 80% of your approaches in play and give yourself a chance for the crosscourt forehand volley putaway.
 

Rickson

G.O.A.T.
I hit the most amazing forehand slice today. I put so much backspin on the ball that it came back over the net to my side. My opponent didn't even realize he lost the point, he thought the ball bounced twice on my side. I was laughing at him when he went to serve and I had to tell him, "you just lost the game, it's my serve".
 

Aoya

Rookie
This may be a stupid question, but are you sure he has to hit it? You know, since it bounced on his side..and then was back on your side..kind of equivalent to him hitting it back to to where it bounced?

I don't know, clarify please.
 
Aoya said:
This may be a stupid question, but are you sure he has to hit it? You know, since it bounced on his side..and then was back on your side..kind of equivalent to him hitting it back to to where it bounced?

I don't know, clarify please.

I'm pretty sure that he is required to hit it. If it bounces on his side and then bounces back, he loses the point.
 

Rickson

G.O.A.T.
I'm absolutely sure the point was mine and yes, he must touch the ball with his racquet or he loses the point. He can however reach over the net, although he still can't touch the net, to hit the ball once it bounces on his side and is spinning over to mine.
 
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