By Tom Perrotta
1. Short Backhand Slice: Practice the short, angled backhand slice to bring your baseline-hugging opponent to the net.
for a video demonstration of the backhand slice.
2. Deep, Deep Drop: Use a combination of deep slice shots, followed by a drop shot, to keep your opponent on his or her toes.
for a video demonstration of how to hit deep slice shots and then a drop shot.
3. Smart Defense: When facing heavy topspin on your backhand side, take control of the point by moving in and taking the ball early.
for a video demonstration of how to move in and take the ball early.