If you watch films of the tennis legends, they all used the slice forehand – especially as an approach shot. But in today’s game of extreme forehand grips, that shot has almost disappeared. But should it be in your arsenal?
Why Use It?
The traditional teaching says that most approach shots should be hit down the line, and not cross court, to give your opponent less court to hit to. While a forehand topspin going over the high part of the net would seem more logical, there is usually much more control in hitting the slice.
And rather than your loopy topspin sitting UP for your opponent to hit, the slice forehand would stay low and create a more difficult shot.
It is also very useful in tracking down the wide forehand, as shown in the picture.
It’s in the Grip
Years ago, I took a lesson from Larry Turville who had these key pointers on this, one of his favorite shots …
- on low balls, hit with volley grip (continental);
- like volley, racquet face starts out next to you (no back swing) and parallel to the body;
- hit outside/in to put side spin;
- aim safely inside the line to allow for sideways movement
How about you … do you use this stroke?
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