You see an opponent drive Djokovic way off the deuce court; but somehow, he slides (on a hard court!), splits, and hits an offensive “squash shot” back cross court. Can senior hackers do something like that?
The Old is New
Back 50 years ago, when most pro players used the Continental grip for their forehand, the “squash shot” was just a normal stroke. But when most players switched to the Eastern or Western forehand grip, that shot seemed to go away; and, now it is back.
When To Hit It
According to well-known Naples pro Spike Gonzales (a former semi-pro squash player!), “When having to retrieve a groundstroke on a ball that has slightly passed you, switching to a continental grip allows you to reach behind or around the ball for contact. This contact allows you to “angle” the ball back into the court or to even get the ball cross-court to take the angle away from your opponent.”
How To Hit It
Spike continues, “To optimally hit the ball with a heavy underspin, you can further create a squash shot by taking a high backswing and coming down into the back of the ball, almost as if you’re “throwing” the racquet into the ground. This underspin can create depth to your shot to an opponent who is still in the back court, or makes for a much more challenging volley if your opponent has gotten to the net.”
“Unfortunately for us old guys we cannot retrieve the ball off a back wall, as we did in squash!”
How about YOU… can you/do you hit the squash shot?
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