• A defensive shot, when you receive a very fast ball to your backhand side.If your opponent is at the back of the court, you should keep the ball long so that you've got time to get back to the centre of the court. If your opponent is at the net, a short ball will be more effective as it'll force them to do a volley below the net.
• A neutralising shot, to change the ball's pace and height. This can pull your opponent out of their comfort zone.
• An offensive or point construction shot, so you can more easily move into place to volley. Your opponent will have to lift the ball.
The backhand slice is mainly done with your arm, with almost no torso rotation. You can play this shot with your arm only; your legs and torso are in line and don't rotate. This shot gives the ball a flat trajectory close to the net, with a low or even very low bounce.