New Teaching Method:
The Classic Slice

John Yandell


Well into the 90's the classic slice backhand was the predominate swing shape at all levels of the game, including the highest levels. That changed with the widespread use of poly strings - and especially Roger Federer.

In this article we look at the characteristics of the classic slice and some of the differences with the more extreme modern version. Conclusion? For virtually all club, league, and NTRP players, the classic slice is for you!

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John Yandell is widely acknowledged as one of the leading videographers and students of the modern game of professional tennis. His high speed filming for Advanced Tennis and Tennisplayer have provided new visual resources that have changed the way the game is studied and understood by both players and coaches. He has done personal video analysis for hundreds of high level competitive players, including Justine Henin-Hardenne, Taylor Dent and John McEnroe, among others.

In addition to his role as Editor of Tennisplayer he is the author of the critically acclaimed book Visual Tennis. The John Yandell Tennis School is located in San Francisco, California.


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