The "Squash Shot"

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  1. Rosewall

    Rosewall Rookie

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    Who came up with the "Squash Shot"? Earliest I can remember is the famous Federer forehand in the 2006 French Semis against Nalbandian. Even as recent as three years ago, I remember watching a match and the commentators made fun of Azarenka hitting a "granny shot." Now it seems every player has that wide forehand wrist hinge that is now an accepted defensive weapon.

    Did this shot exist before Federer?
     
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  2. bluetrain4

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    Low, biting slice on the backhand has been a useful tool for a long time.

    I have no idea why players, who are not stretched out wide and thus using the "squash shot" as a desperation shot, don't occasionally, purposely hit hard, slice forehands.
     
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  3. Rosewall

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    I think it has just been ingrained in teaching the forehand for as long as any of us can remember that you do not hinge the wrist. You only rotate it. If you are right-handed, the wrist rotates counter-clockwise for topspin, clockwise for the Laver/Emerson chop slice forehand. Connors' had an additional outside-in movement with the racquet that put a slight cut on the ball.

    None of those forehands were like the "wrist-hinge" or "squash shot." I can understand the bias against it. Anytime you hinge the wrist, just like golf, you are going to lose precision. And you don't want players getting lazy by slapping the ball around. But if you are stretched out wide, why not? The side-spin on the ball makes volleying very difficult. You have to exaggerate getting under the ball just to get it back over the net. Grigor Dimitrov has one of the best squash shots I have seen.
     
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  4. shakes1975

    shakes1975 Semi-Pro

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    To add to that, from my own experience, I can say that with the olden racquets that were relatively much heavier (pick-up and swing-weight) than what most pros use today, it was very, very difficult to hinge the wrist and hit the squash shot.
     
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  5. chandler bing

    chandler bing Rookie

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    McEnroe did this years ago. It's hardly a new thing.
     
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