WHY we hit slice backhands:
- Digging out low balls our opponent has hit
- To keep the point going when on defense in order to stay in the point, i.e. when we are swung wide during a rally
- To mix up the pace of the point in order to throw our opponent off balance
- To attack our opponent with a low-bouncing ball when approaching the net
- When returning serve, either chipping and staying back or chipping and charging
HOW we hit slice backhands:
- We start with the proper grip, the CONTINENTAL grip, which gives us a penetrating shot and stays low when it bounces.
- The angle between the racket hand and the forearm should be about 90 degrees (The shape of an 'L')
- The hand that brings the racket up to prepare should be your non-hitting hand - this helps you not only prepare the racket, but also to get a good shoulder turn.
- We drive THROUGH the ball on a slight high-to-low plane, making sure that we don't lose the angle between the racket and our forearm.