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Published: 06 Sep 2006 - 10:48 by sjlee

Updated: 06 Sep 2006 - 16:32

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Hi folks. I need help from the experts. I entered the YMCA squash ladder this month and had the first match against an intermediate level player (2 years of experience). Although it's easy to find a comfort in the fact that I have 16 months less of experience than him, I cannot be quite satisfied with my performance today.  The problem I had today was that I kept feeding the ball right AT him in the middle of the T when I'm returning his serve. His serve was not hard enough so I had all the time I need to hit a good shot. I suspect that my stance is the culprit here. I think I read somewhere in our library that when htting a straight drive, your body has to face the wall and your leading foot has to be at 90 degrees with the wall. Are there any other explanation for this? Thanks for your help.squash game squash extras How to add images to Members' Forum posts and replies here...

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From rippa rit - 06 Sep 2006 - 16:32

Well, you give me plenty of opportunities to explore with this one!!

It is all about:
  •  The angle of the feet/shoulders - try to get the body positioning parallel to the side wall, providing you are going for a straight shot down the wall. It is better not to stand glued to the spot waiting to hit the ball, but move into position as the ball rebounds off the front wall.
  • The ball, for a straight shot, needs to be between you and the side wall when struck.
  • If the striking postion is in front of the body, the swing will naturally take the ball cross court, unless you twist the wrist to alter the racket swing (not recommended).
  • If you are to close to the ball it is likely your swing will get cramped up and also send the ball across court - try to swing parallel to the side wall.
  • If you are unable to avoid hitting a cross court it must either be a very short angle into the opposite corner (difficult shot for beginners), or hit a cross court lob that will go so high the opponent in the centre of the court cannot volley it.
  • Control the racket head as much as possible when swinging - and the harder you try to hit the ball, the easier it is to "waggle" your racket head about which in turn will alter the front wall target.
  • Watch the server  "ball toss"  to get a better idea of the height, speed and angle of the serve.
Give, those things a try.  Get a mate to feed you heaps of serves so you can really concentrate on all of the above aspects over a half hour period.  Revise the Return of Serve in the Library too looking at the feet positioning, etc. and front wall targets.

Let us know how you go.


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