why no love for the forehand slice?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by dlam, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. dlam

    dlam Semi-Pro

    Aug 3, 2010

    Love it when someone can pull this low percentage squash shot.

    This motion is just easier to perform for forehand volleys and half volleys.

    The only other time I can see myself doing a forehand slice is when Im pulled really wide and the only shot is a underspin drop shot back.

    Though I like that Keifer power slice forehand shot I think it was out of frustration or tireness cause it isnt a high percentage shot from the baseline.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2012
  2. Bobby Jr

    Bobby Jr Legend

    Jul 5, 2010
    I hit a fair few of them... squash shots if I'm pulled right out of the court or a more traditional slice stroke in doubles as approach or angled shots.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2012
  3. KenC

    KenC Hall of Fame

    Aug 31, 2009
    People don't think it is a power shot. I hit it on my DTL approach shots because it keeps the ball low and makes my opponent have to hit up on the ball. It just isn't easily dealt with and gives me a much better ball to work with for my first volley.

    I recently saw a guy who is #911 in the world (Riccardo Maiga) really whack the forehand slice just about as hard as a typical flat forehand. His opponent was obviously very confused as to how to deal with such a ball. Very low percentage as it cleared the net by inches but it also stayed less than a foot in height after the bounce. Imagine that ball at 60mph and you get the picture.

    People have begun to see the merit of the FH squash shot when pulled out wide, and once they get good at that shot and start to dial it in see that it can be a weapon just like a great BH slice. And it is actually much easier to hit than the BH slice for some reason.
  4. Rogael Naderer

    Rogael Naderer Semi-Pro

    Nov 22, 2010
    It can't really be taught, you just need the confidence and timing to give it a go, I love it!
  5. Povl Carstensen

    Povl Carstensen Legend

    Jun 14, 2004
    I just dont have it down. If I try, its a willd shot. So I hardly ever try, too bad.
  6. NTRPolice

    NTRPolice Hall of Fame

    Aug 11, 2012
    Because most people's forehand slice is not like that.

    I used to goof off and try to hit forehand slices as hard as I could. If you contact it well the ball almost seems to lift or fly exactly straight.
  7. dman72

    dman72 Hall of Fame

    Nov 7, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    I love the forehand sidespin slice as a change of pace. It's hard to do against a really well struck topspin ball, but any medium or slow paced shot it can be done.

    My go-to against anyone who is a more consistent hitter than me is to alternate moonballs and nasty slices. Breaks up their rhythm. Otherwise known as "junk-balling".
  8. anubis

    anubis Hall of Fame

    Mar 2, 2012
    I see nothing wrong with it. I use it sometimes, but only when the shot is so shallow and low to the ground that I can't do a full groundstroke.
  9. Limpinhitter

    Limpinhitter G.O.A.T.

    Jun 10, 2010
    When I read the title of the thread, that video wasn't what I was expecting. That's more of a desperation shot than a practical slice forehand.

    I think a slice forehand has it's place in modern tennis, under similar circumstances that a slice backhand has a place. With the more severe grip used by modern players, it can be difficult to handle a low short ball with a topspin forehand. A slice is a nice alternative to have, although a grip change close to Continental would probably be necessary to make it work consistently. Today's more severe grip also makes hitting on the stretch more difficult because the contact point needs to be further out front than with a more traditional grip and swing, and that's not always possible when hitting on the run. That's why you see much more use of a forehand slice when players are pulled off of the court today than in years past. Again, you will probably have to change your grip to execute this consistently. Another opportunity I can see to use a slice forehand in the modern game is on return of serve, when the opponent hits a high kicker with a lot of pace (all the more commone with modern frames and strings), the best option is sometimes to block the ball back with a short backswing and a bit of underspin.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2012
  10. North

    North Professional

    Jun 21, 2005
    Exactly. It is one of my go-to dtl approach options: I can take it as a half volley, the ball stays nice and low, I can get it deep, it causes all kinds of mis-timings from the opponent cos of the spin, and the opponent usually can't do much with it except pop it up. It is actually much easier to hit the fh slice as an approach if the opponent hits a super short ball that I wind up practically scooping up. It doesn't necessarily have to be a power shot to be effective.
  11. dlam

    dlam Semi-Pro

    Aug 3, 2010
    Running to the ball with hips perpedicular to the net sets up easier for a running topspin forehand than a forehand slice
    On the other hand It's easier to set up the forehand slice if the shoulders are parallel to net so I think that why the forehand slice is done more when approaching the net as an approach shot to set up a volley
  12. Timbo's hopeless slice

    Timbo's hopeless slice Hall of Fame

    Feb 8, 2011
    I use it sometimes, especially on short balls on low bouncing surfaces (artificial grass especially)

    Limpin is right, I switch to continental and sort of hit it a bit like a drive volley..
  13. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    That was ONE lucky shot, never to be done again in the next 20 forehand slices.
    Stretched really wide, a slice is easier to hit than a topspin, because the prep needed, and the muscles to go from low to high. The slice uses gravity to swing, that's why old farts hit slice.

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