How to Slice the Ball in Tennis


Understanding how to slice the ball correctly in tennis.


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  1. Sarah
    September 26, 2016 at 3:49 pm · Reply

    Great way of explaining the slice. Looking forward to getting on-court and trying out with my students. Thank-you!

  2. Raimo Ojala
    September 16, 2016 at 10:47 am · Reply

    Hi Jorge


    Regard`s Rildo

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 19, 2016 at 5:22 pm · Reply

      Thanks Raimo

  3. Mark Snelgrove
    September 7, 2016 at 7:35 pm · Reply

    Love it!

  4. Chuck Vickerman
    September 6, 2016 at 5:48 pm · Reply

    Great coverage of the essential basics without too much confusing and non-essential extra components (which I have seen mentioned without the vital grip info that you present). Very excellent.

  5. Rusty Jones
    September 6, 2016 at 4:49 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge,

    Rusty here. Head Coach Division III College tennis. Thanks for the visuals, great language and confirmations of what the Slice “is not.” Always appreciate your posts. Cheers

  6. Ann
    September 5, 2016 at 3:04 pm · Reply

    Great explanation and visual cues to use without ball.

  7. Arina Ferdig
    September 2, 2016 at 8:39 pm · Reply

    Now I understand what my son is doing. Now I can try.
    Thanks Jorge

  8. Joel Schwartz
    September 2, 2016 at 8:06 pm · Reply

    Seldom is someone willing to teach REC players expecting nothing in return.
    I salute your passion for the love of the game.

    Joel Schwartz

  9. Ahmed
    September 2, 2016 at 4:29 pm · Reply

    Excellent tip “high to level”
    And excellent drill.

  10. Patrick Whitmarsh
    September 2, 2016 at 3:33 pm · Reply

    Excellent. Can you explain how to slice on the serve?

  11. Martin Black
    September 2, 2016 at 5:34 am · Reply

    Good tip…using the net to groove a stroke that does not chop down too much. Another instructor, Clay B from Topspin Tennis has a slightly different technique that may be more advanced but appears to me to require much better timing or will result in errors. Not sure if you have seen that but I’d be interested in your thoughts….Thanks.

  12. sanjay
    September 2, 2016 at 1:40 am · Reply

    excellent presentation.

  13. David
    September 1, 2016 at 6:46 pm · Reply

    I liked the video. Perhaps you could explain when to use the slice. I know that it slows the flight of the ball and gives the opponent something different to work with, but it is a useful shot. Although some of the mechanics are the same for the forehand and backhand slice, I rarely see the forehand slice used… hardly ever in the men’s professional game.

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 1, 2016 at 7:59 pm · Reply

      good points david.

  14. Jamie Dieveney
    September 1, 2016 at 6:21 pm · Reply

    Great Video! High to level is dope. I liked to describe it as a looooong smile. Would love to see you what kind of feeds you use when teaching the slice.

  15. Ida
    September 1, 2016 at 5:33 pm · Reply

    Thank you for the tips on the slice and the drill at the net to get the feel…

  16. Davy Smith
    September 1, 2016 at 2:41 pm · Reply

    Super instruction on a very misunderstood topic of the slice, many thanks .Dave Smith Belfast

  17. Don
    September 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge,

    I am a tennis coach and had a hard time conveying the idea of going through the ball vs. “Chopping” to create slice and your video gave me a new approach to convey the backspin concept without chopping or scooping. I really appreciate your valuable tips, insights and illustrations to helping others to understand or to teach complex ideas. Please keep up the great work!

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 1, 2016 at 4:09 pm · Reply

      thanks don, good luck with your students.

  18. Keith Adams
    September 1, 2016 at 1:37 pm · Reply

    Thanks Jorge
    Great tip on the slice I look forward to trying it with my students

  19. Phil
    September 1, 2016 at 1:33 pm · Reply

    Great example of how to feel the correct path.

  20. Marty Grogan
    September 1, 2016 at 1:29 pm · Reply

    Good stuff,thanks

  21. Donna Joy
    September 1, 2016 at 1:20 pm · Reply

    Good lesson… I struggle with the chop. Your instructional videos are great!

    Thanks for helping so many rec players get better…, I was hoping to meet you at the Tennis Congress, but life got in the way.

    Look forward to your next video

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 1, 2016 at 4:10 pm · Reply

      thanks donna, maybe we can catch up this year at the tennis congress.

  22. Christine Frank
    September 1, 2016 at 1:19 pm · Reply

    Thanks for revisiting the stork and debunking the myths. That gave me a better understanding of the stroke and more confidence about how to practice it.

  23. Russ Trimble
    September 1, 2016 at 1:10 pm · Reply

    Jorge-awesome job explaining the slice !
    I loved the net example of high to “level”.
    I used the Summerfest “smile” example for my players but yours is better.🙂

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