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"cocking and un-cocking" of wrist

Published: 10 Mar 2007 - 03:07 by ashi01

Updated: 12 Mar 2007 - 01:01

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I have a question on the swing - mainly "cocking" and "un-cocking" of the wrist.
While preparing to stike the ball the hand is to be bend back "cocking" the wrist perpendicular (90 degrees) to the arm.
While stiking the ball the "un-cocking" of wrist happens to give extra speed to the shot. Is the wrist at 180 degrees to the arm or does it still remain at 90 degrees?
If it remains at 90 degrees then I'm confused on "un-cocking" of the wrist.

What happens during the drop shot does the wrist need to be un-cocked?

Thanks

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From ashi01 - 12 Mar 2007 - 00:59   -   Updated: 12 Mar 2007 - 01:01

Thank you all. I shall practice all the tips.

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From raystrach - 10 Mar 2007 - 17:14

hi ashi01

this "cocking" of the wrist is not something that we speak about much - we talk about the wrist being "firm" especially with very good players, the wrist will move during the swing, but it need to be controlled. as the forearm rotates, the g's generated by the swing will tend to straighten the wrist (in one plane only).

this can be demonstrated by holding out your hand as if to offer a handshake. point your fingers directly ahead with your thumb pointing up. now move your hand (not your arm) at the wrist so that the fingertips go up and down. - this is the plane in which your wrist will move during a shot. it should NOT move in the plane where your hand is waving like a fan.

as each person is biomechanically different, the actual angles may vary, so don't be too consumed by these. it is all about controlling the racket face and this cannot be done with the wrist wobbling about in all directions

because of the numerous joints in the arm it is capable of doing some amazing things - we need to control it. the top pros can do far more but still keep things under control

have fun!

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From rippa rit - 10 Mar 2007 - 09:45   -   Updated: 10 Mar 2007 - 09:51

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Gooseneck

ash - don't cock the wrist too much - just enough to give it control - try that without the racket in your hand, say, about 130 deg.   At 180 it is sort of limp so that is no good and at 90  (I cannot even get mine to 90 without an operation!) it is too rigid, and in fact with the racket in your hand the heel of the hand will lift off the grip, and that is no good either.
Gooseneck is definitely out.
Flapping the wrist is not so hot unless you are caught in an awkward corner or trapped against the wall maybe.

Go to the Squash Library, Strokes/Movement, have a read.  Look at the pics.

The swing on the forehand resembles skimming a stone along the top of the water, so try it. What did you do, you bent your knees, got down to the level of the water (or the tin), had the stone or ball in your hand, and threw it transferring your weight over your knees.  What was your wrist doing flapping or wobbling?  I don't think so.  If you can play cricket, it is a bit like throwing the ball back to base.  If you play baseball, the throwing action looks like the squash swing.

In the drive the power is generated by the forearm rotation. 
In the drop shot, power is not required, so no rotation is necessary.  The drop must have an  open racket face as that is what lifts the ball up - same for a lob.

Still confused?

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From hamburglar - 10 Mar 2007 - 09:20   -   Updated: 10 Mar 2007 - 09:20

ideally, you should always have a 90-degree angle between forearm and racquet. it's more a rotation around your forearm than any break of the locked wrist. I would say you should remain cocked on the drop shot.

your forehand follow through should end up like the backhand preparation, and backhand should end up like forehand prep. easier said than done, and there are always situations when you might want to let the wrist break, but in general, keep it cocked.

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