Nationally ranked teaching pro Fred Drilling asks, “Which is more accurate and effective, a topspin shot or a slice shot?”
There are many players who still use the Continental grip (the traditional backhand and volley grip) on the forehand side as well; and hit mostly slice or almost flat forehands. Fred points out the Jimmy Parker “seems to control the ball quite well with his slices.”
Larry Turville says…
In a very valuable lesson I took from Larry Turville, he said to me, “In senior tennis, there is no reason to hit any backhand other than a slice.”
And when he fed me balls to hit, he would not watch my form hitting the ball as much as he watched the ball when it struck the court. He wanted to see how much “bite” I was getting on the stroke.
On my forehand, I use a semi-Western grip and attempt to hit with a fair amount of topspin. Sometimes in a singles match, I can default (a little bit like Rafa) hitting TOO MUCH top … and not enough drive to the ball.
Not sure I agree. For years, I have been hitting almost exclusively the slice backhand; and it has been “passable.” But when playing against the Top Guys, I found they have been able to take the offense off my slice backhand (which honestly, is not a strong as Larry T would like to see).
So I worked over the summer to develop more of a “driving backhand.” I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a “topspin” backhand; but not one that floats over the net.
For me, it more suits my “tennis personality” in liking to try to be offensive than defensive.
What do you think… slice or drive?
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