Use The Slice Backand Down The Line First

In today’s video, we’re going to go over a tennis tip from Nadal that can really help your game. This shot and specific strategy is one of his secret weapons. What is it…the devastating buggy whip forehand that he uses throughout his matches from all places in the court. One of the many strategies he uses to set up a winning buggy whip forehand is utilizing the slice backhand down the line so that he can move across the court to rip it down the line. Most players slice crosscourt but Nadal uses his slice down the line because he wants to rip a forehand on the next ball. This tennis tip from Nadal pattern works well for him because he is a lefty…but you can use it as a righty as well. When Nadal hits his slice backhand down the line, he anticipates the ball coming crosscourt from his opponent to his forehand side which is exactly what he wants.


Rip The Buggy Whip Down The Line

He loves hitting that forehand on the next shot and he often uses the buggy whip finish. If Nadal feels balanced and in good position, he will pull the trigger and rip the buggy whip down the line, often times for a winner or a very forcing shot.. Many recreational players just hit the forehand crosscourt, but not Nadal. Take this tennis tip from Nadal and change up your shot selection by hitting a slice backhand down the line to setup up your buggy whip forehand on the next shot.



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  1. Tony

    Thank you, Jeff! I really think that this will help my singles game (if I work hard on my backhand slice down the line and buggy whip down the line). I also like how you keep your singles strategies compact and simple. A lot of online strategies tend to be long and complex. This is where your years of pro experience really shows. Thanks again!

  2. Robert

    Something I have noticed — for the most part younger players learned to play with the modern ‘rotational’ model, but many older players who initially learned using the step-in model have grafted the rotational approach onto their step-in, body sideways model. These players often have trouble getting their contact point out front enough to get the pace + topspin they need while hitting the ball on a high enough arc. The question of the basic approach that underlies a specific technique is certainly something to think about when trying to incorporate a new technique like this.

  3. Michel Lauzon

    Good video but why that mention in the title about the off arm closer to the body?
    Nowhere in the video or the text there is a mention about that?!

    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Michel, You are right…that is a mistake and I corrected it. Not sure why it was like that.


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