Tennis: Get it Deep with Slice

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DESCRIPTION

  • Coach feeds balls to the deuce side.
  • Player uses forehand slice to hit the ball deep.

COACHING POINTS

In this drill player tries to hit all the balls deep with backspin. Forehand slice is rarely used in modern tennis but it still has many advantages that can be used against the rival. Firstly it is a great defensive weapon to put more pressure on opponent’s next shot so placing the ball close to the baseline will check rival’s ability to adapt. Placing sliced ball deep is a big challenge to respond for players who don’t like to use their legs in their shots as also who use western grips. Tall players also will have problems with this kind of balls because their favorite point of contact is around the waist level. Overall, deep slice ball bounces low and is really difficult to attack so all players should train this shot to be able to apply successful strategy on different surfaces and against various opponents.

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