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Backhand Parallel Wall Drive

Backhand Parallel Wall Drive

Published: 23 Apr 2008 - 09:41 by rippa rit

Updated: 24 Apr 2008 - 22:05

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A picture means a thousand words, and thanks to squashsite for this great picture of a player (with a rubber wrist!!) aiming to hit a ball parallel to the side wall under the most difficult conditions. I hope it deceived the opponent, and that they managed to get back into the centre court, as they sure deserved to.

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From rippa rit - 24 Apr 2008 - 22:05   -   Updated: 24 Apr 2008 - 22:05

Adz - freak is a bit too scary a word, but I would most likely suspect you are "double jointed".  I have seen people wobble their thumb joint around like rubber.   Thank your parents for that !

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From Adz - 24 Apr 2008 - 18:15

Interesting...... I've shown this photo to quite a few people and hardly ANY of them can bend their wrists like this without being in lots of pain!


Quite scary that it does actually mean that me and this guy (in the photo) really are freaks of nature!!


I know that I do tend to play a lot of "wristy" shots, and I've spent a long time working on the acuracy of my "flicked" shots (it really annoys my doubles opponents!). I blame the Jon Power DVD for giving me ideas!

Pity it didn't lead to a stronger arm-wrestling technique though!!



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From rippa rit - 24 Apr 2008 - 07:57

Adz - well, I can say if I kept doing this wrist/forearm twist shot regularly I would have a ganglion by now.  I do not have a very flexible/rubber wrist joint.

Actually my point was to show a good description of a racket face at right angles to the side wall which then enables the shot to rebound in a straight line parallel to the side wall, and without this contorsion happening on this shot the down the line stroke would have been impossible.

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From weiran - 24 Apr 2008 - 03:18

 If you watch Pro matches you seem them do it too, sometimes facing the back wall and hitting a down the line backhand, with length too!

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From Adz - 23 Apr 2008 - 22:51

I don't think his wrist is that rubbery! If you look at his forearm position, it has taken most of the twist, and his wrist is bent upwards to complete the rest of the shot.

If no one else can do this easily then I take it I'm a freak of nature along with this guy??


Scary stuff!!



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Thanks a million, rippa rit! I'm going to the club now, actually

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