Forehand Slice Groundstroke: Fast Court Defense

 

When you hear the term “forehand slice groundstroke,” visions of old time players chipping away on grass courts come to mind.  However, this shot is being used in almost every match at this year's US Open.  ATP & WTA Tennis matches on the hard courts of Flushing Meadow, NY is considered very fast conditions.  With all that offense being unleashed, someone has to play some defense.  That's where the forehand slice comes in.  It's a necessary defensive shot when the incoming attack gets too fast for a backswing.  Here's what it looks like:

 

Novak Djokovic Forehand Slice Winner

 

The next time you're under attack by a big topspin forehand attack, defend with the forehand slice.  It's often the only shot you've got time to hit.  It's low bouncing result makes it more difficult for the attacking player to unleash even deadlier topspin forehands on you.  If you're as skilled as ATP # Novak Djokovic, sometimes you can even hit an outright winner!