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Visual Obstruction

Published: 06 Sep 2008 - 13:15 by dpiedra

Updated: 24 Sep 2008 - 17:38

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Can someone clarify this ..... how clear does my opponent's view of the ball have to be after I hit it? One chap I play with will call a let on any shot where his view to the ball (after I hit it) is obstructed by my body position. In many cases he will not be moving towards the ball, but calls the let at the exact point that he is obstructed.

Is this ligitimate? I should note that in most cases the obstruction to the ball usually occurs for a fraction of a second (through the early flight of the ball off my raquet. Once I hit it, in most cases I move away from it. However he claims that he could not see the ball from the time it left my racquet so he cannot see the ball.


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From mike - 07 Sep 2008 - 10:22

Your opponent is not entitled to see the ball from the time it leaves your racquet.

The rules say that the player is entitled to fair view of the ball on its return from the front wall. Between your racquet and the front wall you can block the view as much as you want. -- Line of thinking regarding lets. (note use of 'rebound from front wall') -- Rule 12.2.2 on this page

You can also refer to the rules FAQ. #88 in the general rules category.

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From rippa rit - 06 Sep 2008 - 14:46

dpiedra - see the Relevant Content tab in the lefthand column where there are many references for this rule intrepretation, eg Rule 12.


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