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Drop volleys - firm wrist of not ?

Published: 09 Jan 2006 - 09:58 by Viper

Updated: 24 Sep 2008 - 11:50

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Noticed Palmer in particular at the Australian open using a very firm wrist when doing drop volleys, in fact he nearly always hit it like a "bunt" and rarely with and "open soft racket"


Is Palmer a one off with this approach or should we be hitting drop volleys like this.

I usually use an open soft racket and cut the ball, is this wrong ? 

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From raystrach - 09 Jan 2006 - 23:07

keep that face OPEN

when you can play like Palmer, do what you like!

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From drop-shot - 09 Jan 2006 - 19:37

I just wanted to answer to you, But Rita was much faster :-)

Playing squash is different from Badminton and therefore, firm your wrist, keep the grip properly and you will suddenly see the improvement of your shots :)

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From Viper - 09 Jan 2006 - 11:50   -   Updated: 09 Jan 2006 - 12:11

Yes, the most common attempt at an outright winner was the drop to the nick with a very firm wrist and a bunting action.

He won very few points at the back of the court or with a drive.

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From rippa rit - 09 Jan 2006 - 10:49

Viper - good to see you are looking closely at  what is going on with height and angles and questioning what is really happening, and why.  That awareness in itself will improve your game.
A firm wrist is a MUST for control.
  • You can punch or bunt the ball with the racket slightly open.  For the ball to drop low on the front wall, the swing must be downwards, wrist firm.
  • When the ball is, say, 1m higher than the "tin" flatish would be ok (a bit more risky if hitting downwards),provided the ball hits the nick). Sounds more like a flat tennis volley he is hitting but aiming to hit the nick.
  • The higher the ball at the time of contact the less open the racket needs to be, as there is plenty of height, and angle to the front corners.
  • If the ball was hit flat, I would think Palmers aim would be to hit a dead nick, like a kill (which is not really a volley drop).  Sounds like he was intercepting a hard and fast shot?
  •  Also there is a need to consider the speed at which the ball is travelling onto your racket.
  •  If the ball is travelling hard and fast, a firm wrist is absolutely imperative, and if the racket face was too open the ball would land too high on the front wall (the reason to soften the racket face and swing to execute a volley drop).
  • When you look at all the perimeters, it is geometry and bio-mechanics really.
Does what I have said make sense?

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