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How to play an opponent who boasts

Published: 04 Feb 2012 - 13:13 by doubledot

Updated: 11 Feb 2012 - 13:13

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Does anyone have any tips to negate an opponent from hitting boasts quite frequently during a rally.   Usually at a hard pace and just above the tin making them either winners or extremely hard to get too.   This particular opponent is very tall with great reach but a deceptive wrist action where he holds most shots and either hits a rail or tight boast???   Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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From raystrach - 11 Feb 2012 - 13:13

hi doubledot

the replies below should be useful, but a point from years of coaching and playing:

move forward in the court closer to the T.

depending on your standard of play and playing conditions this will have an effect (the colder the temperature and the better player you are, the greater the positive effect)

very good players have little trouble getting balls back that have gone past them, however, if the playing conditions are relatively colder, a good boast is more effective, meaning that you must get closer to the front of the court to have time to retrieve the ball effectively

of course, all this means nothing if your shots are landing half court which means you cannot get in front in the first place.

this is often the case when you try to hit the ball too hard and it lands half court. this fives the double negative whammy of giving your opponent a wide choice of shot, but not giving you much time to get back into position.

if this is the case, aim higher on the front wall to get the ball deeper

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From rippa rit - 05 Feb 2012 - 08:29

When one is being caught with any shot by the opponent it is time to change strategy, go back to the basics.  Go to our Squash Library and read the Ten Fundamentals, and if you are not following those basic concepts, it is likely the opponent is exploiting your weakness.

True, tall players do not like bending down at the front and it is necessary to make them twist and turn and keep them off balance.  However, if your shots are not tight and deep, and you are still back-pedalling and not in position, you lack time and get caught out.

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From sloejp - 04 Feb 2012 - 16:08

get a hitting partner and do some boast-drive-boast drills. this should help improve your timing and movement as you try to return a well-hit the boast. if you opponent plays the shot often, you should be able to anticipate it better.

you should also consider playing more drops and attacking boasts to draw your opponent to the front court. this will take the boast shot away from your opponent. also, if this person is very tall, they may not enjoy geting down to reach low front court shots.

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