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Stuck behind!

Published: 24 Jul 2004 - 18:46 by rippa rit

Updated: 26 Nov 2010 - 08:45

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Rippa Rita`s championship squash tip

Why do I get stuck in the back of the court?  Sometimes players have a fear of being hit so think it is better to stand at the back of the court.  It is also hard to move to the T when all of your shots land in the "inner court". Your opponent will have a mortgage on the space!

There are ways of taking better control of the center.  If you are scared of being hit, be sure to wear an eye guard.  Other probable causes:-

    •  Hanging back after hitting the ball. Move quickly to the center court after striking the ball.
    •  Opponent has not been moved from the T.
    • Not watching the ball at all times.

Ideas to assist players who get stuck at the back including getting the opponent out of the "inner court":

    • Use a boast to move opponent.
    • Hit the drives deeper into the back corners forcing the opponent behind.
    • Keep the ball tight to the walls and corners.

Remember, once at the T attempt to volley the return. If you let the ball go by you will be stuck behind again and so it goes on.

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From rippa rit - 26 Nov 2010 - 08:45

The delima often faced after striking the ball, eg

  • if you move back you will get stuck behind;
  • if you move forward after a tight shot it is necessary to be able to volley to stay in front;
  • if your shot is not a good one (nice and tight to a wall or corner) the opponent will say you were in the way and may ask for a stroke/let.

If this sounds familiar, this is my suggestion:

  • if your return lands in a corner or hugs the wall, move to the T or centre area of the court and watch the ball so you can get some idea of how effective the return is and see what sort of return your opponent can attempt..
  • If your return is more than a racket length from the side wall or corners you will need to move to give the opponent fair view and freedom of stroke, and it may not be possible to take up the centre court position. That will mean more running to recover the ball, and hopefully a better shot will result to enable you to take more control of the centre court.
  • If your shot happens to be also loose, it is likely the match will turn into a "hit and run" situation and unless you watch the ball carefully and anticipate your opponent's movements lets/strokes will result.

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