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
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.