THE BOAST PLAYED AT THE FRONT COURT

 

This shot could be quite tricky. If the player gets the angle wrong, or sends the ball a few centimetres too high, the opponent on the receiving end will be handed a great opportunity on a plate. play video  He may even be awarded a stroke in some cases.  play video  Overuse of  this shot, will render it easily read by the opposition who will move in swiftly to take advantage of the empty court space. A situation very similar to that described in the section on the cross-court drop may occur. To see the video and explanation on that, click here.  Therefore, it is vital to send the ball well into the opposite front corner to drag the adversary forward. At the same time, the striker must execute the shot from a position, which allows quick access to the T.  play video

 

 

 

The player in the dark shorts plays the boast from a position not too far from the T.

 

 

The shot is angled against the wall perfectly to take the opponent deep into the front corner.

 

 

 

This time the player executes the boast from a position closer to the front wall. Returning to the T will take more time and effort.

 

 

The angle of the shot was too wide and the ball does not force the opponent far enough from the T.

 

It is therefore, safest to execute this shot from the area of the court shown in the first photo sequences, and become very competent at it before attempting it during a game. Some trickery and deception would also help greatly. To see how that is done, click here. To learn when at best this shot should be played, go to the tactics section.

 

The Forehand Boast played at the front court (using the “correct” foot forward)  cff

 

The most important factors to have in mind when playing this shot, is that the player's position onto the ball should allow him to drive to the back court if desired, and that the resulting shot should send the ball all the way to the other side, making it's second bounce in the nick. How can he achieve that? This can be explained by first viewing this video clip.

 

The shot has been filmed from different angles and distances to render the idea. It is evident how the player moves in with a strong back-swing that would permit him to play any hard shot to the back of the court. He also maintains a good distance from the ball. Otherwise, his efforts to hide his intentions would be in vain. He then delays the shot (but not too much) to let the ball slightly past his body. With the use of the wrist, the racket head is allowed to drop just before impact, thus, sending the ball against the sidewall. Contrary to the boast played from the backcourt, here the ball must be hit against the sidewall, rather than made to deflect off it. The objective here is to make the ball float across the front wall.

 

 

 

Aggressive entry makes the shot look like a hard drive.

 

 

Until the last moment the opponent is kept guessing.

 

 

 

 

Slightly delaying impact and dropping the wrist produces the desired angle against the sidewall.

 

 

 

 

 

The Forehand Boast played at the front court (using the other foot forward) boff

 

As we have been accustomed so far, all shots could possibly be played with the other foot forward. In this case, a player who finds himself with the right foot forward, but with a good tactical opportunity, should still be able to make the shot with precision. The use of the right foot may also help players move in quickly, and then recover their position at the T immediately. It is probably evident from this video clip that the player is able to get the angle on the shot without having to delay impact. He does so by placing the foot beyond the ball. Note however, that this last detail is also easily done when using the "correct" foot.

 

The Backhand Boast played at the front court   (using the correct foot)    bbatfc

 

The same technique is used on the backhand. The racket head is delayed, in order to get the angle towards the sidewall. The video clip illustrates the shot. In the first part of the clip, the player moves in aggressively onto the ball. Delays the shot. Then, angles the ball against the sidewall. The second part provides an important tip, though. When the ball is close to the sidewall, the shot is still possible if a short follow-through is used.

 

 

 

                    Entry must always be aggressive to keep the opponent on his heels

 

 

 

The arm moves in fast but the racket head is held back

 

 

The ball must land on the front wall at least half way across, and as low as possible to make its second bounce in the nick.

 

 

 

The Backhand Boast played at the front court   (using the other foot)

 

In this case, no real advantage can be attained unless the opponent is out-positioned and the player, unable to get his footwork exactly right, finds himself with the left foot forward. On some rare occasions he may also use this leg to rest the other one. Anyhow, the impression you will get from the video is that this shot is not particularly offensive. The player's entry does not permit him to hit hard to the backcourt.

 

THE TRICKLE BOAST

 

From the name, you can probably imagine what this boast is like. For clarity, you can see this shot on video if you click here.

 

This shot should never be played when you find yourself deep inside the front corner. Note from where, the player in the video, executes this shot. If played from too far up the frontcourt, a stroke situation may be the outcome.

 

When playing this shot, the racket movement is quite rapid. The player on the receiving end may not always be ready to move forward as he may be deceived. The change of direction of the ball may also disturb his footwork.

 

On the forehand, this shot is best played with the other foot forward. If you compare these two clips       a)  and  b)    you will notice that when using the other foot in clip b), the player maintains a greater distance from the ball during and after the shot.

 

The same advantage cannot be attained on the backhand. It is best to use the proper foot to play this shot. See how the shot is carried out on the backhand in these two clips. a) and b)

 

 

To find out when it is best to attempt this shot, go to the section on tactics. Click here