– Hey guys, Scott and Nate
here from PlayYourCourt, and today Nate is going
to show you a simple trick that will improve your slice backhand. Alright guys, today Nate’s gonna show you a simple trick to improve
your slice backhand, this video is for players
with a PlayYourCourt rating of 70 and up, if you’re
not in our community of PlayYourCourt 70,
it’s about the equivalent of a USTA 4.0 so Nate, take it away. – Okay guys a lot of you out there have an established backhand
already, and a lot of you are using it for defense,
low balls that you’ve gotta reach out to, or
especially you two handers trying to get a little
more length or defense. But let’s talk today about how we can make this slice backhand more offensive. Okay? So the continental grip is
what most of us are using, if you are watching this
video and you’re not really sure where to even
begin with the slice, then we have another video
that’s probably made for you talking about using an eastern grip. But for this video,
we’re going to talk about more advanced method using
the continental grip. And we’re going to talk
about getting a little bit more bite around the ball
by working around your head. Alright? We’ll talk about that in just a second, but that’s going to be the differential. Okay? So let’s first dive in
here with the slice, what are we doing here. I want you to remember
three main points here, the first thing that
we’re going to establish is our non dominant arm and what we call elbow the enemy, we’re
getting this elbow back. And this is going to
create the angle, the 45 in which we’re operating to the slice. Alright? The second thing that
we’re going to focus on is a weight transfer, of
really getting out to that front foot and working though. Now here’s the tip, here’s
the trick for the day. A lot of you are starting with the racket on the side of your
body, and the problem is you’re just not creating enough torque. You find that you’re
hitting it but the slice is relatively weak,
it’s not really getting through the court there’s not enough bite, so what I’m gonna get
you to do here, is I’m gonna get you to take
the racket, and I’m gonna have you place it behind
your head, alright? And what’s important
to note is the butt cap of my racket is actually
facing the side curtain, okay. So if you’re here, that’s incorrect. We’ve gotta have the butt
cap facing the side curtain, and from here as I transfer
my weight what you’ll find is that you’re actually
going and, you’re taking the racket and you’re going out, and then through that
45 angle and it’s gonna give it a lot more torque
and a lot more bite. Okay, so let’s put it all together what are we talking about,
the first move as soon as we’ve established that
we’re hitting a slice is I’m going to set my shoulder up to that elbow the enemy, alright, and from here I’m going to establish
my feet where I start working the racket back
and you’ll notice it kind of happens at the same time where I’m going left foot, the racket
goes back behind my head, and as I step in with my right foot I’m now creating outside
to inside on that ball, giving it a lot more bite. We’re going to take a look
at what that looks like now. So guys what I want you
to notice here is the high take back around my
head, like really putting the frame behind my ear
and the racket working out towards the court, so around and out. Alright so from that
little demo you’ll notice that I’m not simply prepping the racket on the side of my body and
using the racket forward, I’m really getting the
racket around, butt cap faces out to the wall, and
as I transfer my weight my racket is working around
and then out to the court. I think if you really
practice prepping the racket behind the head you’re going to find that your slice backing gets
a whole lot more bite and does a whole lot more
damage to your opponent. – Nate great instruction my man
that’s really helpful stuff. – Thanks. – Slice backhand really
good stuff, guys remember we just want to see you
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Dennis Veasley

11 thoughts on “How to get more POWER on your SLICE BACKHAND – Tennis Backhand Lesson”

  1. Thanks for the video. I"ve been trying to figure it out myself how to generate more pace and bite on it. Next time I'm gonna try the high left elbow and racquet behind head tips!

  2. Very very good instruction. I've been teaching and playing tennis for years and just learned somerhing new. Thank you both.

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  4. Good technique instruction regarding the hitting arm..but I would take exception to the lack of emphasis on the role of the back arm. Your video shows the left arm just being stabilized..laws of physics, along with studies of physiology would instead emphasize the non-hitting arm committed to forcefully reaching back, as the hands seperate, in such a manner as to be parallel to the baseline..correctly done you would feel your shoulder blades "pinch" together…this is a critical component of the slice backhand to keep the front shoulder from flying open which cause the racket to swing across and under the path of the ball…this relates to causing the ball to float

  5. Nice pointer. One question: is there a "compromise" take-back position so you don't tip that you're going to hit a slice (or not hit a slice as the case may be)?

  6. the closed you will be to the net, the harder will be task of placing balls into court, this advise will cause balls go long, my opinion

  7. Excellent pointers guys. I've been playing like this since I was a teen but it's because I grew up on clay courts. LOL. For the more advanced, here's my tip….cup the wrist of your racket hand. You can produce biting slices and even 'curve' the ball. BTW, I'm a retired USPTR Pro since 1979 and now 71 y/o and still thanking God daily that I'm playing.

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