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Double Handed Players

Published: 24 Mar 2006 - 10:03 by rippa rit

Updated: 02 Feb 2007 - 16:10

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Mostly double handed players are young when starting out and find the racket a bit heavy and awkward to swing. Some players have transferred from another 2-handed game, eg tennis, softball.  Let's talk about the double handed swing.
With the changes tennis has made with the grip and swing over the last 10/20 years, a double handed stroke is becoming the norm and less adaptable to become a squash player
Therefore the squash converts will most likely use 2-hands, in the short term at least, as that is what feels most comfortable. 
I think eventually players who decide to play seriously will eventually convert to a one handed swing.  For the social players who just hit and run for fun it is not important for them to win or improve.
So let us look at the advantages of the double handed stroke from the player's point of view, particularly on the backhand:
  • do not have to change the swing.
  • can keep the original grip.
  • keeping the two features above will give power since the action will be a pushing/slapping action without forearm rotation.
  • double hand stroke will allow a swing while standing front on without having to turn to the back wall.
Nobody is saying these advantages are the best approach, however from the converted person's point of view it feels more comfortable for now.
The advantages of having the squash grip and basic swing:
  • easier to get the ball out of the corners.
  • the swing can be minimised easily by bending the elbow more, and/or shortening the grip.
  • the open racket face allows for execution of drops and boasts when the ball is low.
  • less unforced errors.
  • there is more deception with a greater variety of shots possible by using the open racket face.
  • using one hand allows the body to stretch further and cover more court.
Really, before trying to convert a player and change their style, so long as they are able to play an enjoyable standard of play, I would not worry.  However, as soon as the person decides to play regularly, and expects to improve,  it would be time to think about re-learning the grip and swing.
  • This can be a time consuming and frustrating experience where the standard may even decline at first, so it can take a special type of person to persevere through this initial stage of learning.
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From rippa rit - 02 Feb 2007 - 16:10

adam - yeah, as iamspartacus says, cross court shots;  also try  boasts to keep the person twisting and having to keep changing hands. 
Another problem with the ambidextrous player is they usually stand front on and make it harder to get around them, so the shots that twist them and also draw then away from you are good. 
If you keep playing straight I think you will get very frustrated.

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From nickhitter - 01 Jan 2007 - 23:29   -   Updated: 01 Jan 2007 - 23:32

I play an ambidextrous player often.

I always beat him by vollying a lot to rush him and playing lots of cross court. This forces him to be changing racket hands more often than playing shots!

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From adam_pberes - 01 Jan 2007 - 15:43

Any tips For if we are playing a "both handed" opponent, Not a double handed but an opponent where they can hit the ball fairly decently with both hands individually - ambidextrous.

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From pug505man - 07 May 2006 - 02:22

I saw someone playing in an international tournament two handed a couple of years back on a little video on WSF.org i think it was. Couldnt believe it.

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