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THE 'SLASH'
HOME > TIPS > ADVANCED TIPS > THE 'SLASH'
Viking Academy
05-25-2004
William Taubner
It is important to have a variety of shots to keep your opponents off balance and guessing. While the attack and push overheads are used 95% of the time, the Slash is the most offensive of all overheads but comes at a risk. Used properly it can be a real weapon, used improperly you will surely lose points.

First – look for a low short lob, (you should be well inside the service line) a low lob will mean the ball will not be moving too quickly when you make contact. With a continental grip turn your body so that your side is perpendicular to your target. The butt of your paddle will be pointed at your target. Cock your racquet and let the ball drop below your shoulder.

At the point of contact the face of the paddle should be higher than your hand, your stroke will be to slash off the bottom of the ball. Your target is the back third of the court, if hit properly the ball will stay low and hit the screen a foot over the baseboard. Aiming directly at a corner will give your more court to work with and make it more difficult for you opponents next shot.

The Slash is not supposed to be a winner hit at ½ to ¾ speed it will keep your opponents defensive. This shot can be extremely effective in wet weather where the back spin placed on the ball will make it skid.

 

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