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Help with backhand.

Published: 29 Aug 2009 - 12:24 by brad

Updated: 06 Sep 2009 - 07:30

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I've been playing for 6 weeks now and have won 5 out of my six games so I'm going pretty good. There's one thing that's making me lose a lot of points which is my backhand. I try not to let it get on my left side as much as possible but when it does I usually can't hit or I sought of hit it downwards and it spins and falls down before the wall. The only way I can hit it backhand is hold the racquet with two hands and flick it up but it's only a soft hit and the opponent can then smash it back. Any advice on how to practice or get better would be appreciated.

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From rippa rit - 06 Sep 2009 - 07:30

Brad - so with this double handed shot it is highly likely it is a "carry" and not a hit.  Before continuing with the two handed flick, as it will become a habit, make sure you are actually hitting the ball - a "carry" means "hand out", point to the opponent.

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From hamburglar - 03 Sep 2009 - 21:36

Imagine you are throwing a frisbee, or actually go out and throw one. it's a very similar motion, both forehand and backhand sides.

Start all motion with your torso, not your arm, your arm should whip through and you can finish with a little follow through snapping the racquet across your body with a cocked wrist

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From rippa rit - 01 Sep 2009 - 20:04   -   Updated: 02 Sep 2009 - 07:16

Well, what can I say!!  It is not expensive to have a couple of e-coaching lessons; just take 2 mins of play and upload the file is all it takes.  That would take a lot of guess work out of the advice given.

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From sloejp - 01 Sep 2009 - 14:14

i would say that learning the backhand is like learning how to ski as an adult. you get a lot of different advice, much of which doesn't immediately make sense, but you just have to keep on doing it until it clicks. if you're still on the two-handed flip (i was once too), then  you'd probably do better to book some court time and just hit backhand rails. find a player at your club who's really good and ask them to watch your backhand and give you tips on your form. that may be the quickest way to improve.

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From rippa rit - 30 Aug 2009 - 09:43   -   Updated: 30 Aug 2009 - 09:51

Brad - the Relevant Content tab (see top lefthand column when logged in) will give you some ideas for your backhand.  See the Squash Library in the browser which has submenus and pics to help you with your backhand. 

Just a clue on the learning of squash technique.  You cannot successfully "run around" your backhand or forehand stroke when playing squash.  What?

  • Hit the ball and move towards the centre of the court (that applies to both sides).
  • Keep away from the walls, give yourself plenty of room to swing.
  • Browse the Gold video library (see the tabs in the browser).
  • The only way to improve your backhand is to keep playing the shot as your opponent will usually spot the weakness and capitalise on it.

Good luck. 

PS - In the Squash Library, after each topic there is a "Discuss this Page" tab, the content of which then forms part of the Library Discussion (see at the bottom of the Members Forum topics); and there is quite a lot of discussion on The Swing. 

 

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