Pros and cons of backhand serve in squash

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Squash is commonly known in the United States as the various types of winter squashes like Big Max pumpkins, ambercup, hubbard and buttercup squashes which are only gathered when fully ripe. Back then, the crop was kept for extended periods in the basement for purposes of guaranteeing food supply during the cold months, hence the name winter squash. While no doubt a nutritious vegetable, eating squash in reasonable amounts is still recommended for a number of reasons.

Continue reading and discover more about the pros and cons of squash and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends moderate use of this vegetable.

Squash Benefits:

Squash is, first and foremost, a rich source of carbohydrates, with half a cup of cooked squash consisting roughly 38 calories. The same half-cup serving of squash has a glycemic index (GI) of 75 as well. At first glance, squash appears to be an unsuitable food for those who need to carefully control their blood glucose levels, like...

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Backpacking is a great way to embark on a grand travelling adventure. For the uninitiated, backpacking is an activity where you travel from place to place carrying everything you need in one backpack. There are no other luggage to slow you down and no big tents. All you have are the things in your pack, the clothes you wear, and contents of your pockets.

Of course this can deal a lot of different benefits as well as a myriad of disadvantages. For people looking into the activity here is a quick but in-depth look at several main pros and cons of backpacking.

Pros of Backpacking

1. You’ll Experience the Places You Visit – you’re not just going to find yourself staring at the hot tourist spots; you’ll live and experience everything there is in the place. Backpackers aren’t restricted by tour dates and schedules. You can literally go and do what you want.

2. Boost Social Skills – backpackers develop great social skills since they have no one to really guide...

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Serve Basics

There are two basic serve types:

The hard or power serve The lob serve

The use of wall targets is essential in developing a consistent serve. See below for details.

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Stance and Ball Toss

Feet Position and ball toss determine the direction of the swing and hit. The diagram shows the feet positioning from both the right and left service boxes. Ball toss height affects the ability to hit the ball high onto the front wall.

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Left box service position

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Lob Serve

Target point - 50 cm from the "outline" on the front wall. Aim to hit the side wall high and behind the back of the service box. The serve should land within a metre of the back wall.

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Free trade involves trading that takes place across national borders. Throughout history, governments have imposed taxes, tariffs, and other regulations on international trading in order to promote business within their own borders. Over the past several centuries, however, more and more of these regulations have been lifted, creating what we call free trade. Some people support lifting these regulations while others oppose it. Here are some of the pros and cons of free trade:

1. Lower Prices
Most people argue that free trade is in the long run good for the economy. The cost of goods and services decrease as businesses no longer have to pay taxes and tariffs in order to import or export their products. People also believe that this leads to more efficient production methods, which in turn lead to an increase in technology.

2. National Security
Many people believe that free trade makes the world a safer place. The less obstacles there are to international...

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Video Games: Good or Bad?

Introduction

Furry, harmless hedgehog? Or crazy suicidal Rodent? Average, everyday
plumber? Or, cruel, tortoise squashing pipe cleaner? Many teachers,
psychologists, game manufacturers, parents, and of course children
have debated this for many years - are video games affecting our
children in a positive or negative way? This is what I'll try to
uncover in this report.

You can find video games everywhere nowadays; they are in nearly every
child's home in one way or another, you can find them on mobiles,
arcades, Digital TV, portable games consoles and of course normal
games consoles. So, is this a good thing or not?

The history of video games dates back to the 1970's, where a man named
Nolan Bushnell developed an arcade video game called 'Computer Space'.
It had many technological innovations, but the game play was confusing
and the game didn't hit big in the...

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Squash is a complex game that involves quick reactions and strategic thinking. The angle of every shot off any wall will determine where the ball will land and how difficult it will be for the player to return. If you want to improve your game, you should start with your serve. The serve in squash can be the difference between winning and losing a point. Here are three types of squash serves you can use to give yourself an advantage.

Lob Serve

The objective of the lob serve is to make the ball land in the back corner of the squash court, close to both the glass and side walls. Aim for a spot just below the out line on the front wall. Try to hit your serve at an angle that will cause the ball to hit the side wall inside of your opponent’s quarter of the court. This is hard for your opponent to return for a few reasons. It forces them to try to volley the ball before it hits the side wall off your serve. If they cannot volley it, they have to try to hit the ball out of the back...

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Many players feel that their backhand is weaker than they would like it.

In this video, I will demonstrate the 5 most common backhand mistakes and explain how to correct...

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Forehand/Backhand
Incomplete swing. Still working on consistent contact and direction. Avoids backhand; grip and footwork problems on backhand.

Fitness/Movement
N/A

Serve/Return
Learning how and where to stand, cannot hit the return consistently to the service line.

Volley
Has trouble with contact on the volley.

Special Shots
None

Playing Style
Does not understand depth, positioning. Cannot get balls out of corners.

Tournament Experience
None

Forehand/Backhand
Form developing. Can handle moderate paced shots. Still has grip and preparation problems.

Fitness/Movement
Typically not fit to play tournament squash; has trouble staying away from the walls; very little anticipation of opponents shot.

Serve/Return
Can hit the serve/cannot return deep with consistency

Volley
Can make contact on the volley, cannot control the ball.

Special Shots
Starting to...

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By Martin Gilliard

The following squash tips and tactics should give you some new things think about or to try in your next big match.

If you haven’t already then try introducing one or two new tips to your game each week and begin to see your game improve!

1. Drink

And I don’t mean alcoholic – save that for after the game! Try drinking a couple of pints of water (if you can manage it) two to three hours before you play. This is a sure way to ensure that you’re well hydrated when your match begins. Being fully hydrated means your body won’t get tired quite as quickly and helps reduce the risk of muscle related injuries.

2. Stretch

Always stretch thoroughly before going on court. Squash involves a lot of lunging and reaching and therefore it is important that your muscles are fully warmed up.

3. Warm the ball up

This is essential as the game is practically un-playable without a warm ball but warming the ball...

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By: Sarah Knowles BA, MA - Updated: 17 Oct 2012|*Discuss

We all know that being physically active is incredibly important for children, and thankfully most kids love to be involved in sports. Some children gravitate towards group sporting activities, while others prefer more independent types of sports such as skating and martial arts. Whatever your children's interests are, there is plenty of choice to keep them active over the summer.

Pros and Cons of Team Sports

Children between the age of four and seven are just starting to decide for themselves what types of sports they prefer. With this in mind, some parents believe that children of this age are too young for organised sports, where the emphasis often is on competition and winning.

Children in the early years should play sport simply for the love and fun of the game, they say, and concentrate on learning team skills and sportsmanship. There is ample time for them to hone their sporting capabilities later,...

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Today I'm going to talk about how to hit the ball harder on your backhand. This is an area that limits mot players. I have some simple techniques to help you generate more pace. I have separated this topic into 6 subcategories for easier reference.

The Swing: 1) Racquet Prep/Torque: There are a lot of important points on the backhand swing. The first for me is getting the racquet prepared early enough so you can move forward (toward the front wall) to contact the ball. The backswing needs to have more than just your racquet prepared, you also need to rotate your shoulder so you have your power set and a lot of torque in your body. Most people don't have enough torque or do this too late. To improve your torque, try focusing on dipping and rotating inwards your leading shoulder. SquashSkills describes this nicely with good pictures here http://squashskills.com/blog/31/2005-the-backhand-diamond. While creating this torque in your swing it is important to keep your head still....

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A few weeks ago, I and the other exchange students returned to U of T Law to a strange new set of buildings. The application deadline for an exchange abroad next year was a little while ago so, naturally, some of us were asked questions about our experiences on exchange. For those of you who weren’t fortunate enough to know anyone who went on exchange or those considering going on exchange the year after next, here are some of the pros and cons. I’ve asked friends who went on exchange to send me pros and cons about their experience, which I’ve included below. The list is not comprehensive but includes what I think are generally the most popular exchanges.

Before I give the specifics of each person’s experience, let me just say a few general things. First, a lot of people wonder if they should go on exchange at all. As I see it, the pros are pretty obvious: experience a different culture, open your mind to different points of view and circumstances, make new friends, better...

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Working from home, in some cases, can make you feel like you are on a holiday to Maui while, in others, it can actually burden you with more stress on account of nagging family, children or spouses. Rather than a culture or a fad, working from home has actually become more of a way of life in modern times. For some, the possibility of lounging comfortably on the sofa with work, snacking away on delicious food with the sounds of their favorite tunes in the background, is rarely accessible. Others who have a choice to work from home would sometimes love to get away from the din of everyday office life and avoid the constant ring of the dreaded alarm clock or the irritating traffic bottlenecks in the morning. The 21st century has brought with it, a change in work cultures, ethics and choices. Employees can now comfortably retire at whatever time they please at night and still, manage to complete all their work in the morning, while sitting in front of the television set. However, it...

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Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are foods that have been altered to produce a desired effect meant to benefit people in some way. While they have been declared safe and must undergo testing before reaching the market, many people feel that there are serious drawbacks or even hazards to the products. Before declaring your stance, educate yourself on both sides of the issue.

Types of GMOs

GMOs are microorganisms, plants and animals that have had their genes altered. Usually they are modified either to further scientific research or to alter the food supply. Common genetic modifications include:

Adding antibacterial genes to plants Introducing genes that make organisms bigger or hardier Making new foods by mixing genes from existing ones Adding animal genes to plants and vice versa

Common foods that contain GMOs are sugar beets, rice, corn, dairy products and soybeans. Millions of farm animals are fed genetically modified feed. Products that...

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The spring harvest is upon us, and in many communities, it's the last call to sign up for a CSA for the full growing season. An acronym for Community Supported Agriculture, CSA commonly refers to a group whose members receive weekly shares of food from a certain farm (or groups of farms) in their region. Each member is supporting their local agriculture, essentially, not through a retailer or market but directly, and at pop-up community locations to serve the pickup times such as schools, parks, or friendly neighborhood bars.

Being in a CSA is a commitment, and you can't just swoop in to pick out your produce without signing up first. Fortunately, the number of CSAs has grown rapidly over the last few years, and in New York City alone, there are a total of 110 individual groups spanning several neighborhoods. According to Paula Lukats, the CSA in NYC Programmer at the nonprofit organization Just Food, that number has grown from just one CSA in 1995, when the program...

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Squash service types
Hammer serve
Description: Aim for the side-wall / floor nick at the end of the service box.

Execution: Hit hard just above service line

Pros: Useful when opponent is standing back in the corner

Cons: Useful only from right service box


Lob serve
Description: Aim high in the middle of the court so the ball hits the sidewall deep and high then hits the ground before hitting the back wall.

Execution: Use a low underhand swing

Pros: Very difficult to return as ball should cling high to the sidewall. Likely will result in the opponent playing a loose cross-court.

Cons: Easy with a warmer ball, requires utmost precision and stroke with a colder ball. If not hit accurately the serve can be left open and your opponent can attack it easily.

Body serve
Description: Aim for the opponent's body

Execution: Hit hard just above service line like a hammer serve, but much...

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After working through the serve module learners should be able to:

Know the basics techniques of a good serve Know the different approaches to serving Successfully perform a lob back corner serve

Introduction

Having a good serve is a key element to becoming a good squash player. In this module, we will work through the basic steps to performing a serve, examine the different serving styles, and learn the technique of a back corner lob serve.

Basics of a Good Serve

For this section of the module, learners are to follow the step-by-step instruction provided by about.com and professional squash player Jonathan Lam: Squash Serve: How to Hit a Good Squash Serve

(from squashclub.org)

Hammer Serve

Description: Aim for the side-wall / floor nick at the end of the service box.
Execution: Hit hard just above service line
Pros: Useful when opponent is standing back in the corner
Cons: Useful only from...

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The tennis grips you use have a big influence on your style of play. This is because the tennis grip is one of the factors that determines how much of spin you put and how much of pace you generate. One grip is not better than another. You should select a grip that helps your style of play. If you are an aggressive player, choose a grip that allows you to hit through the ball and put more pace (think Federer). If you are more of a consistent player, choose a grip that allows you to put more spin (think Nadal).

The tennis racket grip is divided into 8 bevels as shown in the diagram.

The type of grip depends on which bevel the Index Knuckle and Heel Pad rest.

All of the tennis grip diagrams below assume that you are right handed. If you are left handed just reverse the instructions.

Serve

Continental Grip

Use this for the serve, volley, overhead, and slice (all the pros do). The Index Knuckle and Heel Pad rest on bevel...

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El servicio en el squash es muy importante, ya que un buen saque te permite ganar el punto (saque As), o quedar en una...

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The two handed backhand is an effective shot in the tennis groundstroke game. This advanced tennis backhand technique analysis reveals the technique of the backhand shot.

Many players prefer to use the two handed backhand because it is easier to learn initially, but this stroke will require the same amount of practice and repetition before it can be mastered.

The top four professional players that use two handed backhand as their most important weapon in winning tennis matches are Andy Murray, Nikolay Davydenko, Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic and David Nalbandian.

Several players have this stroke as their most powerful weapon in the game of tennis. The good thing about this stroke is that you have the option to use the backhand slice in case the situation is too tight for you to use the two handed backhand.

Ready position

The ready position in the tennis two handed backhand is when you stand with your two feet pointing towards the net. Your two...

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