Justin Gimelstob breaks down the slice backhand, a staple on the men’s tour and a great shot for adding variety to your game. 

"It’s being used in a lot of different ways in order to maximize its effectiveness,” Gimelstob says. 

The standard rallying slice can break up an opponents rhythm and make them hit up, or even force two-handed players to take one hand off the racquet. 
 

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The neutralizing slice can free you from the defensive position when you’re being pushed off the court and can help you buy time. 
 

The transition slice helps you get into the net from the baseline, while ensuring your approach shot is low and making your opponent feel the pressure.