Deception is Decieving (Part II)
Published: 07 Feb 2006 - 09:21 by theguru
Updated: 16 Dec 2006 - 08:24
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By way of reminder, you can re read Deception part 1 here
Now, proceeding as if I have never been away, please let me draw these threads together:
A shot hit at full pace with a closed faced racket will travel at great speed with little or no spin, it will rebound off the front wall and the floor in a certain way. The same shot but hit with a very open faced racket will travel more slowly but with much more spin which, in turn will change the rebound effect.
These two shots have the same action up until just before racket/ball impact. The first shot is best played to length (deep), the second shot best played short. Because of the delay between decision making and moving, if the two shots were hit accurately, both would probably be winners.
A thoughtful player would probably play the first shot a number of times before playing the short shot. The extra skillful player may follow up with a boast then a deep cross court from the same situation. Perhaps they may hit a lob with a fast swing but with a very open racket face. The choices are numerous and potentially confusing, especially for the player about to play the ball.
What shot will I play - I have only a split second to make the decision?!
But do not fear, mere mortals can achieve astounding results with only a basic understanding of vector physics. Just remember that the ball will be propelled by a combination of the angle of the racket and the direction of the swing. In addition:
- The more open the racket face the more the direction of the swing determines the direction of the hit
- The more closed the racket face the more the angle of the racket face determines the direction of the hit
- To hit the ball straight, the racket shaft will be parallel to the front wall at point of impact (except on the overhead volley)
- To hit a boast, the racket shaft will be angled with the handle end closest to the front wall
- To hit a cross court the racket shaft will be angled with the handle end closest to the back wall
- Speed of the ball is determined by a combination of the angle of the hit and the speed of the racket head on impact (I must repeat "ON IMPACT")
Now to develop some of the skills required to achieve the above combinations and permutations without sending what used to be called a telegram (for those who don't know what this is, please consult Google)...
- Without the aid of a ball, take a Squash racket in one's hand and, hold the racket in front (the elbow slightly tucked i nto the stomach) with the forearm parallel to the ground with the palm of the hand pointing upwards at about 45°
- Keeping the hand fairly still then
- move the elbow side to side across the body, (the hand/racket will swivel) - note the position of the racket head and the shaft of the racket
- Lift the elbow up to about shoulder height -look at the angle of racket face
- Now keep the elbow still (somewhat tucked in to the stomach)
- Move the hand across the body from side to side
- Now rotate (pronate/supinate) the forearm
Now sit down a take a nap.
- In your little dream associated with the nap, you could perhaps imagine playing a shot with the elbow forward and little or no pronation - correct - a boast
- or with the elbow back and more pronantion - yes, a cross court
- maybe a fast downswing, slowing immediately prior to impact and little pronation - well done, a drop
so many combinations, so little space
Now that the nap is over, take your racket, shoes, ball and eyewear to your local Squash courts and start experimenting and practising. Ten to fifteen years should do it. Or in the case of some SquashGame members, six months.
Remind oneself regularly of the basics
- Keep an open face where possible (and an open mind always)
- Hit the basic shot MOST of the the time with the variation some of the time - not the other way around
- Prepare early and similarly for most shots or alternately, have at least two viable options for each preparation position
- Keep it simple - the choice of more than one shot at any one time will always result in the ball going right up the middle or directly back at the striker, neither a good result
Once the above skills have been mastered, one can look into the science of body language to create even more havoc, with either oneself or one's opponent, or quite often, both. Remember, keep it subtle.
I know I have been deceptive when I surprise even myself, at the shot that i have just played.
Now, I think I will take a nap. How to add images to Members' Forum posts and replies here...
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