More Than An Elegant Backhand Shot,
This Can  Really Give You The Edge

Hi coach Tom here with Coach Elias. Today's subject the slice backhand and all the uses that it has. Federer really used it well, didn't he? Oh, yeah mixed in the slice really nicely. Yeah, you know in that match I think both of those guys were winners. It was a great match! Federer actually won one more points, right there, 13 more points, but he ended up losing the match... Djokovic played unbelievable under pressure -great player!

Federer uses that slice and even a great player like Djokovic can get a little discombobulated when Federal pulls him in short there, skids the ball low to his backhand and then he's got options. You know, he can lob , can go for a passing shot, whatever. So it's a good shot to have so work on that slice and remember it's got so much variety and disguise.

You can go long with it. You can go deep with it. You can hit it short or short angle or you could hit a drop shot and the setup is exactly the same. You know every time you're bringing that racket back high so they don't know what you're going to do. So work on this shot and work on using this against players that love to run side to side.  Exactly, and it's your go to especially against players that use a lot of topspin shots and that are mainly used to a top spin game. That slice is really going to put them under the pressure because they've got to get nice and low with those new modern grips, a  little bit more extreme, and that's difficult.

 And even for me I use more of a top spin game and it's a more uncomfortable shot for me to hit over. If somebody slices and mixes up the rhythm, it's a great shot to break rhythm against a good baseline player as well. It's a great shot, especially if you're playing against a top spin player. It's really exactly what I do. Even for me, if I play against somebody, that slices, it puts me in an uncomfortable position because now you can't use the speed of your opponent, you got to get low, so, it's a great shot to mix it up and break the rhythm of your opponent.

And like Tom said, keep moving in and you have a lot of options creating opportunities. Yeah, and in addition to that it can also generate a shorter more middle ball because now players they have to go nice and low, they might frame the ball and you create a short ball for you, which you can attack and you have successfully changed the pace and broken the rhythm of your opponent.

Yeah, absolutely. So let's play a few points and I'll show you how this works. Okay, let's take a look here in slow motion. All right, I'm using the slice here notice the racket starts high as I come down. I've just made contact with the ball and look how much lower the racket is here and watch as I finish the racket comes across the body.  For more info on the backhand slice see the Course Rock Solid Backhand.

Okay, that's my finish. Now this ball stays nice and low and it skids. Pulls Elias into the net now as he comes in I can make the pass with a forehand cross-court.  Okay, again  racket starts high comes down into the shot ball stays low. It's a shorter slice. So Elias comes forward on this. Return he's moving in. I hit the ball low at his feet. He hits a nice little tweener here.  But now I've got an opportunity to pass him and I go Cross Court with the pass. He was leaning towards the line.

Okay. Remember slice is a great tool. Because you can disguise your shot. Remember to use the drop shot. So here I'm going to use a drop shot... the racket starts High comes down and across move forward after you hit a drop shot.

Well, we hope you enjoyed that video. Please give us a like subscribe to the channel and share it with your friends. Nice job Elias Thank you, you too, Tom. That slice is a good shot. Yes, great. Great way to change it up for your opponent and mix it in. You know variety is going to help your game so much.

So work on the slice all the best.


Tom Avery
Tom Avery

Tom Avery has been helping and coaching students for 40 years. Tom has appeared everywhere from the Tennis Channel to YouTube. His coaching and clarity is second to none. Tom empowers every player to excel at any level of the game. He has a quick fix for every problem and is often referred to as the Godfather of Tennis Video Instruction.

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