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Rules question about turning

Published: 02 Jun 2012 - 18:21 by Michaelne

Updated: 04 Jun 2012 - 09:38

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I keep having an argument about a let I call when a serve goes around me in the backhand corner and I'm afraid my forehand boast will hit my opponent so I call a let.

I think this is a sure let, but my opponent thinks otherwise.

His argument is, that I miscalculate my bakhand return but could hit it, but choose to turn.

He says that this is unnececssary turning.

Who is right?


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From rippa rit - 04 Jun 2012 - 09:37   -   Updated: 04 Jun 2012 - 09:38

The Relevant Content tab has brought up so much discussion on "turning"...see top lefthand column.

There are many reasons, ie standing too close to the side wall to avoid the backhand stroke; standing close to  the wall and in the corner; unable to boast from  the back corner; weak on backhand return, weak volleyer, etc..

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From Michaelne - 02 Jun 2012 - 22:43

Thnx for your reply Mike, I should have also looked in the archives :-s. If there is a change to play the ball without turning, then I should:

When the Striker calls "let" the play stops. The decision to be made is:-

1. Could the return have been struck without "turning" ?


If NO, provided the opponent's return would have gone
up, YES LET.

2. If the Striker hits the opponent, POINT TO OPPONENT, except if the ball was heading towards the side wall (see the explanation below).

3. If the Striker hits a winning return, POINT to the Striker.

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From mike - 02 Jun 2012 - 22:34

Hard to say without seeing it. He's right that you can't unnecessarily turn for the purpose of getting a let, but it sounds as though you are struggling to hit it on the backhand?


You may need to adjust your position and be able to back away from the ball better to keep it on your BH side. This could help you avoid needing to boast too.

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