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Backhand Slice Part 2 Tactical Application
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In my first article, I was explained the basic technical components of the backhand slice. Now I would like to present the tactical application when executing this still wonderful and very effective shot in tennis!
I will describe four different scenarios, where any player who possesses a solid backhand slice, should try to use it :
1) En extremely defensive position, when being pulled wide out of the court. The slice will provide the chance to produce a very safe and intelligent shot. If it executed properly, it will put the opponent in a difficult position to attack the defender.
2) When trying to hit an approach shot to go to the net. A very traditional and, still effective way to charge the net. Far too many players nowadays struggle when executing this shot,due the lack of practice and, even more noticeable, the lack of solid foundation developing this shot, during their formation as a juniors!
3) When changing the pace and rhytmh during a baseline rally. Watch Roger Federer, Andy Murray, David Nalbandian, Rafa Nadal, among many others; they constantly use the backhand slice to vary the pace and to force the other player to come up with something different all the time.
I would love to see the new generation of American Players practicing this action more often! It is actually really fun!
Variaty means intelligence, being well rounded; a complete player!
4) When trying to bring the opponent to the front court, by hitting a short and low shot. Roger Federer and Andy Murray are the best exemples of the crafty tactic, very useful against powerful baseliners who just love to camp around the baseline.
Taking them out of their comfort will be a very intelligent pattern.Once again! I would like to see more junior players practicing this skill.
In the next article I will explore few more scenarios when a player shuold be able to use the slice backhand as a variation during a tennis match.
Take care everyone!
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