Tennis: Backhand slice

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DESCRIPTION

Although it's possible to hit a slice from two-hands players should be encouraged to play this shot with one hand as it is far easier and more versatile.

Use lots of small steps to prepare and position yourself for the shot - feet should run parallel with the tram lines.

Bring the racquet up in preparation for the shot, with your second hand gently holding the throat of the racquet (this hand will release before the shot is played).

Swing forward and downward towards the ball (the more downward momentum the more spin will be applied to the ball)

COACHING POINTS

Note the harder the ball is hit with downward momentum the more the racquet head will need to be pointed up to ensure the ball clears the net.

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