The Slice Forehand

This shot can be defensive or a deliberate strategy to give a change of dynamics with a lower bouncing ball that comes fast off the court surface.

The grip is called Continental and is similar to a volley grip but with the fingers spread¬† –¬† shake hands style.

When hitting slice shots, keep the wrist firm. Actively swing the entire arm and upper body in a high to low arcing motion – the opposite of topspin.

This backspin-generating stroke proves useful when approaching the net. The abbreviated preparation accelerates net charges versus longer topspin swings.

Slices make low bouncing balls opponents will struggle lifting with topspin. Preventing formidable passing attempts, the low skidding slice simplifies closing points at net.

Executed proficiently, slice approaches deny time while debilitating replies. The slicing player handcuffs counter-strikers, enabling an unimpeded net finish.

Chip and Charge

The slice forehand serves a key role when executing the “chip and charge” tactic, a popular aggressive surprise maneuver. Typically applied on slower second serve returns, chip and charge tactics allow players to abruptly seize the initiative from opponents expecting to control the point after their delivery.

By using a backspin-inducing slice motion, the chip return lands low and floats to deprive foes time. The slicer then rushes forward instantaneously behind the clipped shot, charging the net at close range to pressure shaken opponents now forced from comfort zones.

Executed effectively, slickly transitioning from a disguising slice to an imposing net rush catches rivals off-guard, stealing the advantage through opportunism and wits.

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