THE BACKHAND BOAST             bkhnd bst


Played off the back wall


Click here to see how the shot is played. It is fundamental to bend the knees well, in order to attain good balance. Note how the player's position could allow him to drive down the wall if he wishes to do so. Bending the knees also allows the player to wait until the ball comes out of the back corner and reach the desired height, for a perfect point of impact. If the player hits the ball at knee height and sends it parallel to the floor, he should achieve a shot that goes just above the tin. When practising the boast, make sure you make a smooth, quick exit from the back corner, only after the ball has been struck. Do not move out too early and ruin your shot, or hang back and remain vulnerable to a counter-drop.







Racket preparation is the priority when taking-off  from the T.



The direction of entry is always distant from the side-wall and gives no clues to the opponent







In fact, from this position, the player should be able to drive down the wall if he wishes to do so.



Striking the ball at knee height and sending it parallel to the floor is always a good idea.







The ball must be guided in the right direction



…before transferring bodyweight towards the T.







Played before the back wall     bkhnd bst bfr bk wll


This is a much more difficult shot to play, for various reasons. View the video clip of the shot first. The first part of the clip demonstrates how the shot should be initially practised from a still position. The timing of this shot is a little more difficult than when played off the back wall. Often this shot is played when the ball is still high. The precious knee height rule often cannot be applied. Do not be tempted to send the ball downwards though. This common error will send the ball into the tin. Again, the ball should be hit parallel to the ground, but softly. The impact on the sidewall will take away the balls speed and send it lower, just above the tin.


The second part of the video clip above, demonstrates how the player moves from the T to play the shot. Note how he turns his shoulder well as he executes the follow-through. This is most important, as not to snatch at the ball, and guarantees good weight transfer to move smoothly back to the T. When  practising this shot, work on your balance before swinging at the ball. Remember, you must be able to hold your position almost effortlessly.


The Backhand Boast Played off the Other Foot      bkhnd bst off othr ft


Quick entry and exit, plus good balance are very important when playing the boast before the back wall. The video clip viewed here, shows how the shot is played. This shot is best executed when the player can move onto the ball, passing in front of an opponent who is making a slow exit from the back corner. Or, when played quickly, catching the adversary off guard. The use of the other foot facilitates quick execution of the shot. (The video clip of the same shot on the forehand side clearly shows how quick entry and exit is possible)


The Backhand Boast Played into the Nick           bbpinn


As explained before, this shot should be played at a sharper angle against the sidewall. The  position to do so, dictates the shot. So, the player must be ready to make an even quicker exit from the back corner and be on the T, well before the opponent is on the ball.





The boast in the nick can be played as a calculated risk shot when a player is forced to use the sidewall at the back corner. If he does hit the nick, then a desperately defensive position has been inverted to his advantage.