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Returning Overhand Serves

Published: 08 Oct 2007 - 01:03 by cappoxxx

Updated: 24 Sep 2008 - 16:59

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Hi I am new to this forum and relatively new to the sport of squash.

With that said, I have been learning about squash techniques and strategy.

My friend and I play squash, however he overhand serves very powerfully like in tennis, and I have trouble returning the serve. Im not sure whether to volley or let it bounce of the side or back wall before returning. Im almost positive it is better to volley, but it seems like its too tight to the wall or too high to get a good shot off.

I was wondering what is the best strategy against such a powerful serve?


Thank you in advance.

Looking to improve

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From SamBWFC - 15 Oct 2007 - 05:43

I'm with Dazza on this one, use the power he generates to your advantage.


If it's not a tight serve, just stick your racket out and play the ball straight and into the back corner.


If it is a tight serve, it won't stay tight (unless it hits the nick which doesn't happen regularly) because of the power in the serve. On this one, let the ball bounce off the wall then punish him by playing a straight/crosscourt drive into the back corner. 

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From dazza_16390 - 14 Oct 2007 - 08:58

All of my friends over arm serve as do I and I find the best to deal with power is just use it. Just push it down the line to the back wall, if the serve is high its going to come off the back wall, If its tight you just have to wait for that split second that it comes out.

Trust me practice makes perfect!!

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From rippa rit - 08 Oct 2007 - 06:33   -   Updated: 08 Oct 2007 - 12:26

Welcome to the forum.

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