– Hey guys, Nate and Scott
here with playyourcourt.com and today we’re gonna talk
about how to better defend against the slice. Alright Scott, I’m gonna
blow your mind today man, you ready? – What’s going on? – I know you think you’re good. I’m gonna show you something about slice that you never even knew. – Oh, it’s like every time
I hit a slice backhand three unicorns are born? What do you got for me? – Wow, that went in a
totally different direction than I imagined. – That’s not it? – No, we’re gonna talk about what the ball is actually doing at contact when someone hits a slice. – I’m waiting man, you’re
building this up a lot. This better be interesting
or have unicorns. Something. – Don’t spoil it for everybody. But here’s the thing, I was working with – They can’t actually talk to us that’s the best part
of us filming a video. – I guess that’s true. – They can’t spoil videos real time. Not sure if you’re
familiar with technology. Sorry, go on. – Moving on. – Moving on to the unicorns. (laughing) – Alright, we’re back. We’re going to try this again. What we’re talking about today is what the ball is actually
doing at contact, after somebody has sliced the ball. And I know a lot of you
out there are thinking about, it’s backspin, it’s slice, right? Believe it or not, you’re
actually hitting topspin. – You mean like once the ball bounces? Alright, so I hit a slice backhand at you, the balls rotating like
this, it’s got backspin on it and then it bounces at
it turns into topspin? – You got it man. – That’s actually way more
interesting to me than unicorns. – Yeah
– Carry on. Explain. I’m super confused. – So a lot of times,
people become enamored, they see this slice and
they start moving forward because they’re assuming the ball is going to be moving backwards and they smother it, right. Smother it and cover it
like they’re hash browns. But that is the wrong move. – Smother and cover it
like they’re hash browns? – Yeah, man. Waffle house? You never eat there? – Eh, carry on. I don’t know a lot about
hash browns either, I guess. – So this move is, your
actually getting the ball at the height of its spin. And don’t feel bad if you’re out there and your guilty of this. I work with a collegiate level player playing D1 and he was unaware of it. He knew how to defend it, but he was actually unaware of the physics. But let’s break it down. When the ball is moving backwards, when it hits the hard
surface of the ground, whether it be concrete or grass or clay, the ball has to change direction. And it’s volatile. So it aggressively picks up to topspin. And this is assuming somebody’s hit an aggressive slice, right? This has a little bit more pop warning. So with that being said,
if they’ve struck the ball, if the ball actually turns to topspin and it’s moving with more RPMs we need to be moving away from the ball. And this is the problem
that a lot of us have defending the slice. Is we either playing neutral
holding the base line or we move up to the ball. – Guys, I gotta tell you. Before we filmed this
video, we were talking about the concept we were gonna go over and Nate told me this, I was like, “Are you sure?” And we actually looked on camera cause I didn’t believe Nate that when slice bounces it actually turns into topspin. Sure enough, this is the case. I, as myself, as USPTA,
a lead certified coach didn’t know this information. So, this is huge, this is
actually a huge epiphany for me. Way better than three unicorns being born. – No one’s holding it against you, buddy. It’s okay. So let’s go ahead and get
in front of it, though. I know some of you are thinking, “But isn’t it sometimes backspin?” Yeah, alright, so when
we talk about drop shots, when we talk about shots
that are hit really soft, the feathery slice, that
ball’s moving backwards cause – Cause there’s no
momentum to push the ball forward into topspin. It does make sense when
you think about it. – Right, so when the ball hits sometimes it’s just neutral and there’s
not a whole lot of spins. Sometimes it will stay with some backspin. You see the fancy shots where occasionally somebody puts the ball back over the net. – Right.
– Right? Like, that’s all kinds of backspin. But the neutral slice that most of us hit, when that hits the ground,
it turns into topspin. So you’re going to move
away from the ball. Scott and I are going to take a minute. We’re going to demo this. I’m going to show some slice. Scott’s going to show
you the wrong way first. And then he’s going to correct it, so you can see how you can
better defend against the slice. – [Nathan] Alright, guys,
so what we’re going to see is a backhand chip here,
deep in the corner, that Scott is gonna move
too aggressively on. Getting the ball too early
right off the ground. The ball is at maximum topspin making it too difficult to time. What he’s going to do now is work away from the ball, giving himself more time, letting the ball diffuse,
giving him easier contact. – Alright guys, so the big mistake that you might be making is the same one that I was making,
you’re crowding that ball and you’re assuming because your opponent hit was slice that the ball
is gonna pull you forward. As you can see that’s not the case. There’s a much better result
when I back up off the ball and reapproach, and move back to the ball to hit my ground stroke. – You guys, just remember that slice is gonna turn into
topspin if it’s stuck hard once it hits the ground. So you gotta get away from it. Give it time to diffuse itself. – Guys, we hope this instruction helps. As you know, PlayYourCourt, we just wanna see you improve your game. A lot of our instruction is for very specific levels of play. We need to know a little
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