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The opponent is guessing!

Published: 24 Jul 2004 - 18:02 by rippa rit

Updated: 06 Jul 2008 - 08:23

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Rippa Rita`s championship squash tip

If your  opponent is getting your good shots back, and you are feeling frustrated, take a deep breath, walk a little slower in between points and think ?

Think about what:-

    • Am I sending a message by gesture, eg body language, swing, etc.?
    • Is the play repetitive, eg same pattern of play, and speed of play? If your answer is, yes, try:-
      •  Mix up the game, eg play one long, one short (that is, say,1 drive 1 boast).
      •  From the front of the court play a drop shot or a lob or a drive, to keep the opponent guessing.

Just a thought about mixing up the shots.

    • Early racket and feet preparation, and balance, will assist a greater variety of shots to be attempted during a rally.
    • Also, by getting to the shot quickly, wait ready to strike, then hit the ball, this will give time to assess where the opponent is, hence assist develop a better array of shots from the same court position.

Now a word of encouragement.

  • What I have said sounds easy, and that is true.
  • However, just take one aspect at a time, and if it takes a month to put it all into place don't be discouraged, just keep at it.

Video showing the movement and racket preparation to play variety in the front court.

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From rippa rit - 15 Dec 2005 - 07:32   -   Updated: 12 Dec 2007 - 21:04

Slavi - yep I got what you were saying - it is as it rebounds off the front wall that it goes towards his body - that is ok - but if you should not be too accurate and he volleys it, you might just get HIT.

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From drop-shot - 15 Dec 2005 - 07:22

Dear Rita, I do not HIT THE OPPONENT WITH THE BALL directly. It is the loose shot in the middle of the court targeting his unbalanced figure

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From rippa rit - 14 Dec 2005 - 09:40

Slavi  - oh well if it works good.  But, always wear your full protective eyewear just in case!
So do I have to add something else to my coaching tips "hit ball at opponent"!?

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From drop-shot - 13 Dec 2005 - 20:03

Oh, I wrote it so long time ago? Good boy, Slavi. Actually, this post refers to the other one (about working out the opponent), so I do not have anything to add. Maybe only one thing – I did reduce my tricky shots and I focused on hitting perfect lenght, tight to the sidewalls. And I found that the most frustrating shot for the opponent is the body shot. So, I hit drop and wait for his drop, and while he's recovering to the T, I hit the crosscourt, but targeting his body. Maybe it's nasty, but I saw many PSA pros playing that shot.

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From rippa rit - 10 Dec 2005 - 22:09

Slavi - I see January is a long time ago but anyway here is my reply. 
  • I see you are actually playing with the ball these days and being a devil to the opponent.  Good. 
  • The more you mix up the shots the more confusing it becomes for the opponent, and it keeps them waiting longer before taking off after your shot.
  • So, one time take the ball early, one time wait and then hit it back into the corner the opponent came from, next time wait till they move and hit it over their head, next time drop shot, and so on.
Of course when your opponent is also clever it is harder to engage in this style of play.  Use variety just the same, and off fast play boasts and lobsare easier to play until the ball is in the middle.

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From drop-shot - 23 Jan 2005 - 03:16

The opponent is guessing ... Humm ... It is a clear sign you do something wrong on the court... What I do really enjoy in squash now is deception ... When I cheat and make small tricks. And I have learned one thing - if you want to hit deceptive shot, you should wait a long. Hit the ball almost sweeping the floor with your rackett. Perfect shot guaranteed ...

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