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Opponent keeps volleying the Serve?

Published: 16 Oct 2008 - 15:07 by rippa rit

Updated: 23 Mar 2009 - 14:09

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When serving try to get the ball over the opponent's head and force them to take the ball really high overhead, or off the back wall.  This usually makes for a weaker return of serve.  How?

  • Use a Lob Serve.
  • When serving throw the ball toss higher so the swing will come under the serve/ball and lift it up higher on the front wall.
  • Open the racket face in serving to get the lift on the ball.

Refer to the Squash Library Serve Basics for more help with the serve. Take particular note of the placement of the feet and angle of the swing onto the front wall for better placement.


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From rippa rit - 23 Mar 2009 - 14:06   -   Updated: 23 Mar 2009 - 14:09

dougm - see the Relevant Content tab on the lefthand side, click on the tab Troubleshooting/Return of Serve and that gives lots of pointers on the return of serve.  On returning the really high and tight lob serves be sure to stand forward in the service box, keep away from the walls, and reach side on to strike the ball; be sure to hit the ball before it strikes the wall, so that means a nice high reach, and the return does not have to be hard (as your racket could be in danger of cracking the wall).  The three most likely choices of returns would be a drop into the front corner (not much swing necessary), a cross court nick (not much swing and a very open cutting face on the racket), a cross court lob.

When waiting for the serve, move about in the service box too and that might put off the server and cause an error. The ball will also get cooler if the server just keeps serving lobs and there is no hard hitting/rallies, which could eventually cause the serve to lose height.  In any case watch the angle of the serve carefully, and if you cannot hit it before it strikes the side wall, it might be possible to take the ball as it rebounds off the side wall (before it hits the floor).

Try not to panic as the ball gets tight into the wall and corner.

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From dougm - 20 Mar 2009 - 18:07

I've come up against an opponent occasionally who has a horrible forehand lob serve. It loops in high, tight to the side wall so that the ball almost has to be scraped off of it. And let it get behind you and you're finished because it's not coming back out from the back wall!

The good thing is that in some matches he just doesn't manage to get the pace right on it and it becomes a relatively simple job to volley it either down the wall or high across court (or he puts it out all together). And also, for some reason, when serving from the left he struggles to get the right angle, so again it can be volleyed reasonably easily. Which I guess is my point: if you can hit a lob service consistently well then it can be a truely miserable experience for your opponent. Get it wrong though and your opponent will cream your serves :)

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