Help on Backhand Slice

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Web Crawler, May 1, 2004.

  1. Web Crawler

    Web Crawler New User

    Mar 14, 2004
    Since Im a S&V player I need to have good slice approach shots esp from my backhand being my weakest link. My question is that should the racquet be more perpendicular to the ground or at a angle when I swing
  2. Max G.

    Max G. Legend

    Feb 18, 2004
    Well, I guess it would depend. The racquet can't be perfectly perpendicular to the ground - then it would be vertical. But on the other hand, you don't want to open the racquet face TOO much.

    The lower the ball, the more you'd want to open your racquet face - on moderately high balls I'd think it would be about 20-30 degrees away from vertical, on low ones 40-50 degrees. I'm not really sure about the specifics - play around with the shot and find out your comfort zone, I guess.

    A tip I find useful - swing forward rather than down. Don't chop down on the ball, that'll bring it into the net.

    Anyhow, that's my 2 cents.
  3. TennsDog

    TennsDog Hall of Fame

    Feb 26, 2004
    I agree with Max, the thing to remember is to drive through the ball. It is a stroke just like any other. Only chop if u want it to land short (net maybe). Definitely open more as ball is lower.

Share This Page