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Published: 04 Nov 2006 - 20:26 by instrumal

Updated: 26 Sep 2008 - 07:49

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Hey craig got any drills to keep an old buggar like me agile and quick on the court.Being 48 I am finding it hard to cover the front.

Also where do you aim the ball on the front wall to get a good cross court with length?




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From raystrach - 07 Nov 2006 - 07:38

hi instrumal

slavic correctly indentified a few points, but being a few years older than you, I know it is easier said than done. having a crook back and various injuries, i need to work on the following points which go to the heart of poor front court coverage(these apply to all older players and the young ones as well!)...
  • Take off speed is usually slower
    • improve your explosive power
    • work on improving your  anticipation
    • generally stand a little closer to the T when waiting for the return
  • because of a crook back, getting down to the ball at the front is a problem
    • work to improve core strength
    • make back stretches a part of daily life
    • do as slavic suggests and make the last step a lunge thus lowering yourself down to the ball
    • work on the "open face" technique
if necessary, do a search to find out about some of these things which have been discussed before in the forum or is in the library

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From drop-shot - 06 Nov 2006 - 18:59   -   Updated: 06 Nov 2006 - 19:00

Hey man,
I do not think you are any old.
Regarding your question about covering the front:
- stay in fluent move on the court,
- on your toes,
- final step to the ball is lounge.

Regarding the x-court aiming
- ball should hit the a nick behind the service box.

Keep on squashin'

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