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The two wall boast should die in the nick

The two wall boast should die in the nick

Published: 15 Jul 2004 - 18:35 by rippa rit

Updated: 03 Jul 2008 - 07:55

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When I first started my squash playing, there were not too many coaches around, and  my team mates and others would say "don't boast, it is a bad shot"  How ridiculous was that, when the boast can be defensive, but also very accurately hit into the side wall nick, and a great shot to make the opponent move around the court..

If the boast sits up the opponent bangs it away, yes?  With a boast it is the height the ball strikes on the side wall that gives the height on the front wall. So:-

    • Mark a spot on the side wall, showing the height of the tin, to give a "starting" height to aim for on the side wall.

    • It is the distance down the side wall that affects the angle the ball rebounds on the front wall, and then lands on the floor.

Some tips when hitting the boast:

    • Swing through with an "open" racket face (to give the lift).

    • Do not scoop or shovel when swinging as that will cause the ball to keep travelling upwards, hence the ball will bounce higher.

    • Having the correct grip will be imperative, as the open racket face is vital when striking the ball.

Give it a try. Let me know how you got on.

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From rippa rit - 03 Jul 2008 - 07:54   -   Updated: 03 Jul 2008 - 07:55

adam - better late than never with this reply.

When you strike the boast be sure to open your racket face and aim at least a metre down the side wall (from where you struck the ball) or you could smother the ball.  What?

If you strike the ball too flat, and/or at a straight angle into the wall, the ball can make like a "double hit" as the ball rebounds back onto your racket.

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From adam_pberes - 10 Dec 2007 - 16:21

A Little off topic here, but to do with boasts nonetheless.


I Was wondering, sometimes when you go to play a boast, you hit it, and the ball goes backwards, as if you've swung too fast, its hit the front side of the racket, the rackets gone by and then the balls hit it again. Even when you follow through sometimes, it seems to happen, even when not hitting hard,fast boasts either.



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From rippa rit - 10 Dec 2007 - 15:13

aprice - Squash Library/Boast.

This post says it all about the height; I repeat, the height on the side wall gives the height on the front wall......just keep practising hitting the boast lower on the side wall until it just goes above the tin; usually about the height of the tin on the side wall will be a good  starting target.  If the ball is looping it is because you are looping your swing (trying to help the ball go up!!), so stop looping and just hit through the ball.

Try it.

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From aprice1985 - 10 Dec 2007 - 06:59

This is something that has been causing me a lot of problems recently, along wiht my earlier post about boasting too much when i do hit them the sit up a lot, is there an easy way to pick your side wall target?, i generally hit with the open face but some boasts hit the front wall above the cut line!

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