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Trouble with my grip

Published: 10 May 2006 - 22:06 by jnorth51

Updated: 24 Sep 2008 - 12:34

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Greetings All -

Recently I have been reading some tips/techniques from the internet and I realized that I have been holding the grip in an awkard manner.  I have been holding my squash racquet like a hammer - that is, with a closed fist, all fingers together.  I have read numerous times that many people recommend that the index finger be extended a little further up the racquet shaft (allow space between the fingers) and thereby give more control.  I have been trying that the past 2 weeks, and although it was awkard at first, I am starting to get used to it.

However, here is my second point - I also heard that when swinging, its a good idea to open the racquet face so that the ball has a better chance of hitting over the tin.  That makes sense, but up until now, i have used a straight racquet face (meaning 90 degress from the floor - my friend calls it a flat racquet face).  When I have been trying to open up the racquet face upon swinging, it appers that I always 'slice' the ball more.  This has greatly affected the power and pace of my shots.

Am I doing something wrong?  Suggestions?

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From rippa rit - 12 May 2006 - 07:37

Here is the swing page - click on all the tabs on the page including the "more" tabs.

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From jnorth51 - 11 May 2006 - 22:54

Thanks for the responses.  I appreciate it.

I actually did go to - thats where I learned how to properly hold the racquet grip.  I have been practicing that for a couple of weeks now, and I think I have that figured out and its starting to become more comfortable. 

Its now the swing that has me concerned.  I didn't find squash-club to offer much help in that regard.  I quickly skimmed the Squash Library Ritta (thanks for that - i didn't notice those before), but found those tips much the same as I have seen in the past in squash books/websites.

Its frustrating.  I am hitting the court myself to practise my drives up and down the wall (to work on myu swing), but I am pretty sure I am doing it wrong and therefore maybe doing more harm than good. 

oh well.

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From rippa rit - 11 May 2006 - 07:10

jnorth - think you better go to the Library - see up the  top, second tab from the left, click on the  Strokes/Movement tab, and click on the submenus, and have a good read and look at the diagrams

Yes you have a "fryingpan" grip and swing - the tips and ideas to get the swing going will be helpful.

If you are going to spend time practising it is better to groove in the right style, or you will have heaps of bother later trying to change it..... good luck with it.

Let's know how that goes, and then ask some more questions.

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From medved - 11 May 2006 - 07:06

You have fault swing and grip

check at for the grip and swing technique

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