Roger Federer Slice Backhand Analysis – How To Knife Your Slice Like Federer
Roger Federer has one of, if not the greatest slice backhand in tennis history.
Federer can produce 5,300 RPM (revolutions per minute) with his slice backhand, that’s more spin than Rafael Nadal’s forehand!
How does Federer knife his backhand slice?
Roger uses a very simple trick to increase the amount of slice (underspin) he generates with his slice backhand – instead of hitting out and extending his racket towards his target, the traditional way of hitting a slice backhand in tennis, Federer cuts down the back of the tennis ball, using a high to low swing path.
Federer starts his slice backhand above his left shoulder, sometimes you’ll see his racket around head level when he’s dealing with a higher ball.
Federer’s right elbow is bent, to around a 90-degree angle, which will allow him to extend his arm through the contact point using his tricep muscle for added power and stability.
From this power position, Roger will use his arm like a pendulum, allowing it to swing down and across his body, from the left side of his body to the right.
This pendulum effect will increase the amount of racket head speed Federer can produce during the contact zone.