A Common Myth Regarding the Slice

I found a picture of some random guy hitting a slice. It looks like he knows what he’s doing! Check out his racket angle on contact. Marat Safin

Many tennis players learning the slice tend to focus on generating an absolutely ridiculous amount of backspin, which in my opinion doesn’t help much of anything. I believe this habit stems from the common myth that you have to “get under the ball” in order to hit a good slice. This is most certainly not true, and this thought process can hold you back from improving your slice.

Think of a 9-iron golf club (don’t overthink this. I’m aware of the different angles of golf clubs, but that’s for the most part irrelevant.) – when you are using this bad boy your goal isn’t to cut under the ball. The club is being swung forward and the angle of the bottom is not moving, it’s always at the same angle from start to finish. This is similar to the slice in tennis. You will want to have your racket face a little open and swing high to straight forward. You do not need to get under the ball.

Remember that when speaking of the best players in the world, the slice is probably one of the slowest shots in their arsenal, so don’t over hit or try to overdo it on the amount of spin you are trying to create.

That’s all I have for today! Thank you for reading and please add any questions or comments that you may have below. I read them!

  • Carlos Bermudez Tennis
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2 Responses to A Common Myth Regarding the Slice

  1. casey cummings says:

    Great article!!!

    Liked by 1 person

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