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Discovery of the day

Published: 13 Apr 2005 - 02:48 by drop-shot

Updated: 24 Sep 2008 - 10:23

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Hello my dear squash freaks. Well, life is full of surprises and shocking moments of truth. Just imagine yourself... I do play squash everyday from april 2004 and I thought I do know what i am doing there, but JUST TODAY I did realise something. Let me call it Discovery of the day... Please, anyway, do not call me names as "as****" or anthing as i do admit - i did not see that before. And since now my game will improve dramatically.
"When you hit loose crosscourt or straight drive or drop or lob, the position of your body should be the same." Geez, such a simple rule... but true, not? Maybe I am wrong, but simply imagine how do you prepare to these shots. Low on legs, having the ball between you and the side wall, pushing your chest to the front and using the arm, not wrist.... i hope i am clear on this... Though I do not know if I unveil any secret for you.

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From drop-shot - 13 Apr 2005 - 23:25

Ahhhhh, now I do understand, i printed it out. Well, Rita, this is the part of my daily practice what you are referring to. Fast one in all earnest. Everytime I have to come back to T while my coach is walking from side wall to side wall feeding me with boast. While he hits crosscourt i have to reply with straight drive, but when I see the straight drive from him I have to reply with cross court. And it means that my eyes have to follow the ball every second and I feel like I am a canary a bit. I hope you still follow my description as it is not easy to put down in a proper sentence... Actually the mentioned practice takes us 20-30 minutes everyday.

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From drop-shot - 13 Apr 2005 - 23:08

Rita, actually you caught me printing out the diagrams of these :-)))) really. And FOOTWORK is the first priority, obviously

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From rippa rit - 13 Apr 2005 - 19:53

Slavi - Still remember what Ray said, but, are you considering the position you actually strike the ball (in relation to your feet), as the ball approaches? It is this striking position that helps aim for the target on the front wall. Have a study of the diagrams (with footwork) in the Routines Section and you will see what I am referring to. There is a good pair routine, ie. Person B at the back boasts all shots, Person A in the front hits one straight drive, B boasts, and A hits one cross court, B boasts. Strive to get all the drives past the service box.
Does this help?

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From drop-shot - 13 Apr 2005 - 19:49

Just small add-on to this messge. Jonathon Power mentioned on his "instructional DVD" that even he does not know what he wants to hit during the game, so for sure his opponent cannot read it neither. Well, I found it really funny... and false.

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From drop-shot - 13 Apr 2005 - 18:45

Wow, Thanks G.O.D, I was correct and clear :-))))
You are right about being deceptive, because what I was trying to do today was "position your body as to straight drive and hit loose c-court"... soon it will work. And truth - in a tough, speed game it is not that easy, but that's why we do practice ;) and do not forget you are talking to utterly stubborn guy...

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From raystrach - 13 Apr 2005 - 08:56

Thanks for your post slavi

what you have said is correct. if you have time to make the best position you should do so. Positioning correctly also helps you to become more deceptive.

Unfortunately, in a tough match you do not always have the time to position correctly, so you must practice your technique in a range of circumstances. In time, you can play a range of shots from each position, remembering the basics. (eg. balance, distance from the ball and open face racket) This takes time, effort and "perfect" practice (all the while maintaining your "correct" technique). I am sure you are up to the challenge.

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