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Published: 01 May 2006 - 23:54 by ddraver

Updated: 25 Sep 2008 - 20:40

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Having read a few of your articles, i see people talking about spinning squash balls, now i have tried this as a laugh and haven't managed it at all!!! (tennis balls seem to spin much easier)

have you got any tips for newbies starting to spin t ball (i'm not really a newbie but...........)

 Or is it just jargon i don't get???


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From rippa rit - 02 May 2006 - 08:01   -   Updated: 02 May 2006 - 17:12

ddraver - you have to talk the talk.
Well, spin, undercut, slice, chop are much the same jargon really.
The best way to experiment with the chop is to stand about 2m from the front wall, and travel along parallel to the wall continually slicing the ball, like a mini drop shot.  The slicing action will slow the ball down, and you will need to have a very open racket face. 
To start, do not try to hit the ball too hard until you get some racket head control.
When you are sick of the forehand, go to the other end of the front wall, and repeat on the backhand.
If 2m is too difficult, just move a bit closer until you feel comfortable.
This is great drop shot training too and learning how to do the shot.

At first it will not be easy but you will get the hang of it after a few days of practice.
There is no limit to the amount of control you can have over that little black ball - believe me.

To really put spin on the ball, contact with the ball is probably limited to (if the ball was the dial of a clock) about 25 past to 25 to on the dial - not much of the ball at all.  When you can do that accurately you wil have great touch.

Good luck - patience!!

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From missing_record1 - 02 May 2006 - 05:02

Once you are satisfied that your strokes and footwork are solid, I see no problem experimenting with spin. It was something I never really had even thought of until a short while back, and it has made a huge difference for me. Not on drop shots, but on drives. One, you can show the same swing to your opponent and hit very different shots, since the power of the swing can go into either spin or ball pace. Two, you can control the ball better (in my opinion), especially on rails where you can spin it back into the wall with more margin for error. I have more confidence in my strokes with a little sidespin.

I was playing hardball doubles recently and with heavy spin you can see the ball curve as it heads to the front wall -- I found it pretty amazing. There is not enough room on a singles court to see the curve -- the ball hits the front wall before it arcs.

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From vitty - 02 May 2006 - 00:13

Hi Dave,
hmm, yes - squash ball can be spinned, although it´s more difficult than with tennis ball as you mentioned. I use it sometimes when I play dropshot. Spin helps a bit the ball to stick on the wall. But I think that this isn´t something which you should practise. Frankly, I can´t see big difference between playing drop without spin and with spin. I just play dropshots with it, others don´t. It depends on your choice, personally I have subjective better feeling for the ball with using spin. Good luck with it.

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