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Bradford Tennis Tips - Strokes


How to Hit a Slice in Tennis

'A slice (also called backspin or underspin shot) is effective because it keeps the ball low coming over the net and the bounce low on the court. It forces the opponent to hit up on the ball. The slice technique is specifically used for an approach shot to the net, for a defensive groundstroke or lob, and a drop shot


  • STEP 1: Grip the racquet with the continental grip, which allows you to come under the ball easier.
  • STEP 2: Prepare the racquet high.
  • STEP 3: Swing down at the ball moving the racquet from high to low.
  • STEP 4: Finish high and out in front, above your waist.



  • Visualize peeling the underside of an orange with your racquet face.
  • Perfect the slice and you can use it for both an offensive and defensive shot.
  • Use the slice as a 'chip shot' on a return of serve, especially with a net rusher because the ball will drop at his or her feet.