The only way it can be a surprise shot is when you're pretending to hit a drop shit due to the grip change.An offensive forehand slice is really fun to hit. It's kind of like swinging a sword down on the ball. Of course, in my case, the ball flies way out, but I think the pros could use it as a surprise shot every once in a while.
totally agree i have two great tennis buddies that can't match up with me baseline to baseline, then they discovered i have a problem handling the forehand slice. they give it to me out of nowhere. totally screws up my rhythm. and they usually do it when they are on the defensive when i give them some heavy ground stroke shots. the one advantage now is i have learned to read this and force myself to go to the net more. which is awesomeA player with a good forehand slice is annoying to play against. It's a very dangerous shot, b/c it is unusual and players aren't used to dealing with it, which leads to a lot of UEs. Alternatively players will often hit a relatively safe or spinny response to avoid hitting a UE.
It is thus often utilized as a point reset.
Santoro famously used his 2hander to bait and switch opposing players, often daring them to come to the net very much like the reverse of the federer dying cc bh slice. This is particularly effective against guys who hit very flat shots.
It is also used to crack the rhythm of a power hitter.
I don´t see why slice forehand would be any more vulnerable to unforced errors than slice backhand. Not many pros seem to use it nowadays, but I´m not quite sure why. Itś a good shot to have in your arsenal, if you use it correctly. Connors, for example, used to hit his forehand with some underspin when he had to hit it low, or from a difficult position.It's actually a pretty good shot to use if you can do a forehand slice as hard as you can and land where you want it. Nobody will ever use it in professional tennis because the unforce error ratio is simply too high. Hit anything softer is just a dead giveaway
I'm surprised it isn't used as often too, particularly on low bounces surfaces, it's very hard to control those fast fh slices, you need to be very loose on the wrist..It's actually a pretty good shot to use if you can do a forehand slice as hard as you can and land where you want it. Nobody will ever use it in professional tennis because the unforce error ratio is simply too high. Hit anything softer is just a dead giveaway