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Die in back corner

Published: 24 Nov 2013 - 02:28 by kalaz

Updated: 25 Nov 2013 - 13:33

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Hi All, I am sort of intermediate amateur. I notice that so many rallies for me are lost in the following scenario:

  1. I dominate the T, have my oponent behind me
  2. I hit several lengths straight or cross
  3. From a not very good position in back, my oponent hits a good length
  4. I am forced to play a boast or very bad dig shot 
  5. They end the rally

Ironically, this scenario is more problematic with weaker players, who are unable to hit hard length which will bounc off the back wall.

What are possible things I can try to help  my game? I am currently trying the following

  1. Stand a little more in the back - 30cm behind the T when my oponent is forced to go to the back. I usually step up the T too much and I found that penetrating length causes the above described scenario when being too much in front.
  2. Take more volleys - this is what my coach suggested, he says that I am not taking enough balls from the volley and that causes me to dig in the back corners
  3. Watch my oponent more, so that I can anticipate and take faster step towards the penetrating length and possibly take it by half-volley, before it even gets to the back wall.


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From rippa rit - 25 Nov 2013 - 13:16   -   Updated: 25 Nov 2013 - 13:33

Here is the trouble shooting link that will have some useful hints for you.

In my head I can see you perched at the T like a Tiger hoping to stick your racket out and hit the ball, and tennis players do that well.  I am assuming you are hitting length with your volley with your opponent standing behind you? Well, if the opponent hits a tight ball from the back it is hard to volley it with any placement though a volley boast or volley drop would be a good variation if you could anticipate early enough.

Watch the ball is important, not out of the corner of your eye but moving into a good position to view the opponent's racket, footwork, swing to give you some clues about the typee of return to expect. We do have some diagrams on the site which I will look for now and also add a few key words that will appear in the tab on the left "Relevant Content".

Footwork approaching the backhand back corner

Back corner pain relief

Take a look at the squash videos listed under Squashgame Gold in the browser.


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