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Differences between vertical and horizontal swings

Published: 22 Jan 2010 - 08:06 by hissqu

Updated: 25 Jan 2010 - 15:18

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Hi,can anyone tell me the differences between the horizontal and vertical forehand and backhand squash swings and what the effect of the ball would be for certain shots and also what shots would be suited to play more effectively for the 2 types of swings?

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From rippa rit - 25 Jan 2010 - 15:18

Take a read of the tabs below "Library Discussion" and you will see a lot of info about the swing and "Open face" racket etc. which is something worth understanding.

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From hissqu - 22 Jan 2010 - 21:49

Hi,yes thanks I have viewed the video so the movement of the racquet head is different for both swings,for the vertical swing,the head moves downwards and for the horizontal it moves across?I guess its also important to cock your wrist in both swings.But power can be generated from the horizontal swing as the racquet face is flat?

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From rippa rit - 22 Jan 2010 - 08:28

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The Squashgame Gold Video Library (see tab above) has a video showing both these techniques for your close examination. 

You will notice the vertical swing happens automatically when a player is too close to the ball, stands too tall, does not bend their knees, does not move their feet into position; the vertical swing can resemble a golf swing and could generate more power, however, control may be lost.  John White often used a vertical swing and could hit the ball at about 170kph which is ok if you have an open space to wack the ball into.  If you want finite control the horizontal would be more effective.



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