The Backhand Slice
I won a couple rounds and played ok in the matches I won. The funny thing is that I played my best tennis in the third round and lost the match. In the first set, I was absolutely on fire – I was seeing where I wanted to hit the ball and I was hitting it there. It was a great feeling.
I ended up winning the first set 6-2 and was up 2-0 in the second and some blisters started to set in. I tried to tighten up my shoes and try win the third set tiebreaker, but I just couldn’t rally.
After evaluating what has brought on this blister problem in the last couple months, I narrowed it down to socks. I think the socks I was wearing were simply too thin and the moisture was causing friction.
I walked away from the match telling myself that if I had worn better socks, I would have put this guy away. It’s not an excuse because I’m still happy with the way I played and I think I can build off of the experience – mostly by investing some money into better socks.
Later on in the week, I got together with Jeff and we talked about a couple things that I thought I could do better. Here’s a video on the backhand slice, a shot I have always had problems with, mostly because I’ve never really learned how to hit it. I’m primarily a two-handed backhand kind of guy, but the slice is a good shot to have as a change of pace and to bail you out of a shot where you’re out of position. Here’s a great lesson from Jeff that dispels yet another myth of Tennis.