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†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A Singles or Doubles Tactic


††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Use the soft slice to set up a passing shot or put away.

This is a tactic that can be used in both singles and doubles very effectively. I use it                        
myself in doubles matches Ė it takes the opponent by surprise and they really have
very little options to counteract it.

If it is not employed well, there is the chance the opponent will lob the ball over your
head, but if well done, this option is not there.

Whilst in the diagram I have shown the general configuration of the doubles court, at
club level you will often find your opponents are both well back in the court and this
make it even more effective.

In doubles, the ball could come to your backhand from either player shown as figure 1,          
they will be expecting a firm backhand return but you will hit a soft slice tight across court.    


You will close down the net to stop the sharp cross court return and your partner will also                
close in for the return (3) that has to be lifted up over the net.

Whichever of you get the ball, you both have an easy put away past the player with very
little chance the other player will be anywhere near it.

See also the second diagram appertaining to singles, this is just as good, your opponent
will have a distance to cover to get to the ball as they will no doubt be expecting a firm
passing shot.

One word of warning: Donít try this if you are behind the baseline, there is little margin
for error for that first slice and you will probably not be able to cut off the return as quick
as required.


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