If you have been watching Wimbledon you have probably noticed
the beautiful slice backhands most of the pros are hitting.
You see it more often on grass courts than other surfaces
because the ball is coming so low and fast that it makes it
difficult for players to come over with topspin. We can all
learn a lesson from watching the pros at Wimbledon this year.
A slice can be a great shot to add to your arsenal of shots.
Not only does it get the ball low to your opponent but also
it is a great shot to hit when a ball is hit low to you. Take
note of the good footwork and knee bends by the professionals.
Even with their extraordinary ability to hit great shots, they
still find themselves in positions to just chip or slice the
On the backhand side I would suggest hitting with one hand.
You will still use the non-dominant hand to support the head
of the racquet on the backswing. Also make sure you are using
a continental grip to facilitate the slice. Shorten your
backswing and brush slightly from the top of the ball to the
bottom. You should feel like you are hitting the upper left
side of the ball. This is a feel shot that takes some practice.
You will probably hit some balls straight down and then float a
few when over compensating, but you will get the hang of it after
some practice. The shot depends on a good racquet angle to keep
the ball low. You will want to lead with the front edge of the
racquet but not open the racquet up so much that you pop
everything up. Keep the racquet head slightly open throughout
the shot. The swing will look very similar to a slide in a
playground. The racquet will start high but will not take an
abrupt downward motion. You will make contact out in front of
your body. You will end with the racquet going out toward your
target similar to a slide. Steffi Graf has one of the best
slice backhands you'll ever see and she uses it as a very
Remember to bend your knees so that your can keep your swing from
being such a high to low movement. You'll find that you can keep
the ball lower with a slighter decline in the racquet movement.
Watch the pros and then try it for yourself. With a little
practice you could add a new shot in plenty of time for next