Hi guys in today's video I'm going toshow you how to correctly use the backhand slice when approaching the net.
Your backhand slice technique on theapproach shot is not going to differentiate from your regular backhandslice and this includes things such as the backhand slice grip.
the take back, thecontact point and the finish.
So what differentiates a slice approach shotfrom a regular backhand slice executed from the baseline is that we usuallyhave to hit a backhand slice in transition and it therefore makes it alot more difficult.
So in today's video I'm gonna show you how to correctly usethe slice but first let's talk about when to use the slice or when to useyour regular backhand let's say from this area the half court.
So what Irecommend is that any ball that's between your waist and your shoulder you take asa regular backhand because let's face it with a slice it's gonna be verydifficult to hit a winner so you're giving away a chance to possibly hit awinner or a very aggressive shot if you select the hit a slice from the shoulderto the waist area.
Here you should rely on your regular backhand and look to hita winner.
On the other hand if the ball is below your waist here if you tried tohit your regular back end because your closer to the net you'll have to hit upon the ball and you also are closer to the baseline so the ball doesn't have alot of space to go up and down and at the recreational level a very commonmistake is that players will spray the ball long if they attempt to hit aregular backhand on a low ball.
So here it makes a lot more sense to hit a slicebackhand.
So on any ball that's below your waist you should absolutely selectthe hit a backhand slice.
And the same thing goes for balls that are above yourshoulder.
See if the ball gets this high on us and we have a very difficult timehitting a winner because we're very weak in thisparticular shot.
So it makes a lot of sense to slice balls that are this highand it looks something like this.
So the ball is gonna be above my shoulder and I'mgonna slice it straight down and this is gonna be the better option to choosefrom.
A very common problem on the slice backhand in general is that players willpush on the ball instead of hitting across the body like this and in caseof the backhand slice approach out that this is gonna cause even more problemsbecause what's going to happen the momentum from you coming from the baselineto the net and in addition to that you are going forward on the ball thiswill very often cause the ball to go long looking something like this.
So if Ipush on this ball it's very easy to spray it long.
Now there are differentvariations when it comes to the finish on the slice.
I have a separate videotitled three ways to slice that shows you in detail how to execute thesedifferent finishes and which one might be best suited for you.
And guys if I'mcoming from the baseline all the way to the net with a lot of momentum and thenI hit across the body like this you can see that how the racket is going acrossmy chest this is gonna give me a lot more control so it's crucial that youstop pushing forward on your slice and this is going to eliminate a lot offrustrating slice mistakes.
And what makes the backhand slice approach shot more difficult than a backhand slice executed from the baseline is that wehave to do it in transition and there's a couple of variations.
So imagine ifyou're hitting a slice backhand and you may be getting there a little bit lateor the short ball is very low there's not gonna be any time to stop and you'llhave to hit this slice in transition.
So it looks something like this so there'sno time here to stop and I'll have to move through the slice basically.
And what's important to remember on aball like this you'll have to keep the steps somewhat small in order to keepyour balance.
Do not take large steps on a ball likethis because you likely are going to overrun it.
You can initially take somelarge steps but then once you get closer to the ball you make the steps a littlebit smaller and it is crucial that you also don't stop because then you'll endup reaching for the slice like this and there's no way to execute it correctlyif you do that.
Now if there's more time you can execute your slice approach shotjust like a regular slice from the baseline.
Now any slice will have to havefundamentals and basically you will need a big shoulder turn and this is easiestachievable by making a lateral step.
So if you make a lateral step you naturallyyou get that shoulder blade pointing towards the ball.
See if I step moreforward now I would have to force the shoulder turn and this might be the caseif you are transitioning through a slice.
This will require a little bitmore of a forced shoulder turn but if you have more time you can come into the sliceand just simply set that dominant leg across the body like this.
Now even though you have more time thisdoesn't mean that you're gonna stop and then hit the slice and not move at allyou will have to transition through this type of slice as well because let's faceit what are we doing we're hitting an approach shot and we'll have to get tothe net and something very interesting is gonna happen if weachieve the lateral setup and we continue to transition through our slice.
So if we set the leg dominant leg up like this and we continue transitioningthrough the ball the back leg will go behind the body naturally And this also called the karaoke stepand it's not something that you have to execute consciously like a dance stepyou know.
This is gonna happen naturally if you achieve the proper setup and letme show you what it looks like.
So I'm gonna make a lateral step continue movingthrough and I don't even have to force this movement and naturally you can takea look from this angle and as I'm continue to move through theslice the back leg will go forward take a look so it's going to continuegoing forward like this and the steps are gonna look this way look this leg isgonna go across and now the back leg is going to go behind and now the front legis going to go forward and now once you've done this now the back leg goesback into the normal position and you can run towards the net And one of the mistakes that I see atthe recreational level is that players will stay sideways the entire time andend up karaokeing all the way to the net looking something like this.
They end upmoving this way and this is completely unnecessary it will make you a lotslower.
So once you have executed this movement basically by continuingmoving through the stroke only.
So once I do this and I finish my stroke now I cango back to my regular movement which is this and again this is not somethingthat you have to worry about worry about setting that slice up perfectly with alateral step and then most importantly continuing moving through your strokebut once your stroke is over continue moving normally towards the net and thengo into a split step before you hit your volley.
Now let's talk about how to hit theslice approach shot.
So it doesn't really matter whether you hit it down the linewhether you hit it cross-court you can even hit it through the middle, whether you hit the ball short or deep the most important thing on a sliceapproach shot is that you don't let the ball sit up with a lot of under spinbecause then the passing shot becomes very easy for your opponent.
So whatyou must do instead is keep your slice extremely low something like thatbecause now that bounce is going to be very low your opponent will have to benddown and they're going to be in a disadvantageous position for a passingshot which will increase the chances of either them missing or you putting thevolley away.
And whether your slice sits up or notwill depend on the angle of your racket face at contact and on the slice itshould be neutral and if you're interested in how this works I have anentire video dedicated to this topic and now on the slice approach shot there's goingto be some exceptions.
So what's going to happen if the ball is extremelylow and you're close to the net you will have to open the racket face upbecause with a neutral racket face there's absolutely no chance that thatball will go over the net.
So let's summarize what you have to do on yourslice.
So if you have good slice fundamentals this will translate intoyour approach shot as well.
It's very important that you recognize what kindof short ball you are getting and then you can either transition through theball or you can slow down a little bit set up the ball and then execute yourslice And most importantly you don't want tocome in on a week slice and then get passed.
This is very frustrating so whatyou need to learn is how to slice with a neutral racquet face so that you comeinto the net on a low ball and give yourself the best possible chance to putthe volley away.