Besides the purpose for each type of slice, is there any difference in the stroke for each slice?
You can hit both slices from either a continental, an inbetween grip, or an eastern backhand grip.tdnxxx444 said:Besides the purpose for each type of slice, is there any difference in the stroke for each slice?
For your first paragraph, yes leaning on your lead foot does make it more offensive with more forward drive.RonP said:I've been working on my slice backhand lately with my coach regarding me dropping my racquet during my swing instead of "pushing" my racquet like a flat block (almost volley-like) along with leaning forward onto my lead foot to hit the slice backhand. Am I hitting more of an offensive slice?
Also, I've always wondered how Federer hits his slices with his swing. It's like how I have been wrongly doing my slice backhands, yet he does it consistently well. I know it's due to his skill, genetics, and so on, but I wonder, is Federer's way of hitting the slice backhand a viable way for others to do so or just an exception? How can one do so?
Thanks in advance. (I've asked this question before and have searched the forum, but I have gotten nothing in response, Marius.)
A floating slice is not that bad if it lands deep and has good backspin. I make this comment from seeing Federer consistently make this slice as an alternative to his topspin backhand.SageOfDeath said:Well if you look at pros if they are like diving for a ball then most likely it will be a slice lob. I would say that could be either way but more commonly its defensively. I've hit a hard slice before and it just really hits deep. I find it hard to find that perfect point. Where its not a floater and not going into the net.
Yup, it's *quite* close to chopping down on the ball at great speed. Higher levels of play usually have more spin for every stroke, in comparison with lower levels.(with exception of volleys probably) If you look at where his racket ends, I really don't think he's supinating much or at all. Key point is that his slice is effective in keeping his opponent at bay.wlxxiii said:from what i see on tv it seems like federer is chopping down on the ball at great speed.....
any chance that he may actually be supinating at contact so that the racquet face will be square?
Fed's slice is quite square at contact, yes. Slightly open I think. Depends on your strength and pace of your opponent's return I think. And his slice pop upward to about head level, as do pro topspin groundstrokes travel at head level.(which also brings up the point that pros seldom aim groundstrokes to pass the net barely)wlxxiii said:but won't that cause the ball to pop upwards? how can u have an open racquet face and not cause the ball to pop up? the racquet face must be square at contact right?
LoL, we can copy his mechanics exactly but even if we perform the exact same mechanics we will not have the same results as Federer, precisely because he is a lot physically fitter and stronger than us. Best study some video of his slice and modify it according to your person. A video shows a thousand pictures and a picture says a thousand words.RonP said:So how does Federer do this highly-spun, change-of-pace slice with a severse chop-like motion? How is his swing throughout the stroke? Could someone just explain his slice backhand?