What are importance technical differences between a squash forehand and a tennis forehand?


I am nearsighted, such that everything would be opaque without glasses and I can not play squash, practically.

I've lived with the glasses over 20 years in daily life without any problem, but now they are considerable bottleneck within playing squash, because:

As a matter of safety: People assert that any probable smashing hit from the ball to the glasses could be really dangerous for me... So, I better not not think about playing squash with glasses...

As a matter of performance: The glasses will slip on my face... Therefore, I can not have the desired agility, noticeably.

I've studied something about potential options for this problem:

The contact lenses: They are highly-criticized by some experts and probably are not the right solution.

Goggles: They sound to be able to handle the issue, in view of the security, but they are not, supposedly, usable to fix my eyesight problem (as glasses do)... I've found no evidence for medical...

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Serve strategies are used to gain advantage over an opponent. A lob will hit the front wall high and central, and will take the ball over head to the back of the opponents half.

If a player returns this type of serve easily then a change of serve tactic may be used. Eg, A smash or power serve. This is when the server serves the ball with a powerful smashing action. It is aimed to hit just above the service line at center or off center. The ball will come very fast and lower down at a steeper angle. Depending where it strikes the wall, it may come directly at the opponent or to their left.

Another type is to hit front wall at an angle, causing the ball to then deflect off the side wall towards the opponent. This forces the opponent to change or alter stance to return the serve, giving a possible advantage.

There are other variations, but it is always a good idea to vary your serves so as not to become...

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In a tennis, when people talk about their forehand and backhand strokes, they are usually referring to their groundstrokes. These are the main strokes used during baseline rallies. The main difference between the strokes is visible, while other differences are more subtle and are related to your style of play. Some of the other differences that are not as obvious or noticeable are how you hold your racket, how you stand when preparing to hit the ball and the muscles used when executing the strokes.

Ball Contact

The most noticeable difference between the forehand and backhand groundstroke is the side of the body where you make contact with the ball. With forehand groundstrokes, the ball is struck off to the player's dominant side. For example, if you are right-hand dominant, you contact the ball off to the right side of your body when hitting a forehand. If you are left-hand dominant, you contact the ball off to the left side of your body. With backhand...

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The forehand in tennis and other racket sports such as table tennis, squash and badminton is a shot made by swinging the racket across one's body with the hand moving palm-first. In tennis, except in the context of the phrase forehand volley, the term refers to a type of groundstroke—a stroke in which the ball has bounced before it is struck. It contrasts with the backhand, the other type of groundstroke. For a right-handed player, the forehand is a stroke that begins on the right side of his body, continues across his body as contact is made with the ball, and ends on the left side of his body. It is considered the easiest shot to master, perhaps because it is the most natural stroke. Beginners and advanced players often have better forehands than any other shots and use it as a weapon.

Most forehands are hit with topspin because it helps keep the ball from landing outside the court. On some occasions, such as an approach shot, a player can opt to hit with backspin, which...

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The forehand drive is always the first of the four basic strokes that I teach. It is also Day 4 of my How to Play Table Tennis in 10 Days course (following grip, stance and footwork).

Once mastered, the forehand drive will become one of your most used table tennis shots. It forms the basis for more advanced strokes such as the block, the loop and the counter loop, so it’s really important to develop a strong and consistent stroke.

This post will highlight the correct technique for playing a forehand drive in table tennis. I will use my own knowledge as a table tennis coach and a video featuring Head Table Tennis Coach at Greenhouse Charity, Jason Sugrue.

What Is The Forehand Drive?

The forehand drive is one of the four basic table tennis strokes. The other three are the backhand drive, backhand push and forehand push. The forehand drive is an attacking stroke played with a small amount of topspin. It is a drive shot and not a topspin loop! The forehand...
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Tennis is more left and right movement while Badminton is moving all around, left right frontward and backward. Tennis is slower in both movement of the player and ball speed. A badminton smash was recorded at over 200mph while a tennis serve was recorded at around 160 mph. Badminton is more about lean, fast twitching muscles. Tennis is about bulkier, slower muscles. They both pretty much use all the same muscles which are practically all of them, trapezius, biceps, triceps, deltoids, quadriceps, calves, lower back, upper back, abs, obliques.

It would be easier to get some of the basics of tennis but probably not the finer, advanced aspects.

an excerpt from a website:

Tennis vs. Badminton
Statistics Don't Lie
The speed and the stamina required for badminton are far greater
than for any other racket sport. At the 1985 All England
(Tennis) Championships, Boris Becker defeated Kevin Curren 6-3,
6-7, 7-6, 6-4. At the 1985 World Badminton...

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Level your back swing.

Keep your racket head about level to your head as your non-dominant hand leaves the throat of your racquet. Ensure that you fully turn your shoulder and that you don’t bring the racquet back too low or too high. Cock your wrist to ensure smooth, circular, and consistent movement as you take your racquet back.




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Your forehand may become erratic if your backswing is inconsistent. Don’t take a longer backswing to produce extra power. Be consistent especially when under...
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The forehand ranks closely behind the serve in importance in the sport of tennis. Yet, while the serve has been the focus of a litany of research reviews, the literature describing forehand stroke production has not been reviewed as extensively. The purposes of this article are therefore to review the research describing the mechanics of the forehand and then to appraise that research alongside the coach-led development of the stroke. The consensus of this research supports the importance of axial rotation of the pelvis, trunk, shoulder horizontal adduction and internal rotation as the primary contributors to the development of racket speed in the forehand. The relationship between grip style and racket velocity is similarly well established. However, it is also clear that there remains considerable scope for future research to longitudinally examine the inter-relationships between different teaching methodologies, equipment scaling and forehand mechanics. Key PointsSports...

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Derrick Donegan , thought...

on the 24-May-2012 04:38:19 AM

Dear Alois Good evening, i have been working on my forehand drive and i like to clear up some technicalities, when jeff demonstrates a forehand drive is the starting position for the drive, does he start above the table at net height so he is taking the ball at the peak, the reason i ask this is because when i practice my drives the ball is not going to where i want it to go, when practicing my topspin i am happy and my start position is at waist to above the table.

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 24-May-2012 09:26:19 PM

Hi Derrick, the start for the forehand should be around waist height or table height.

Rahul Maharaj , thought...

on the 28-May-2012 11:11:35 PM

Awesome video, this is very thorough and informative, well done PingSkills team. This was the video I was looking for because I can never get forehand right, backhand was good but forehand always seem to get...

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The shoulders turning in relation to your hips is the torso movement, and if you aren't seeing it, then you aren't watching closely enough.

You shorten your abdominals through the swing bringing your shoulders into alignment with your hips, then release after contact. This is a bigger muscle group than the tiny ones in your shoulders, and generates most of the power of the swing. Your point of contact should be at the shortest contraction of that muscle group, so in front of your right shoulder and right hip, on both sides.

To get this to work you need to turn both shoulders when you raise your racquet, bring your elbow to around shoulder height, then swing with your shoulders, while bringing your racquet to the ball.

To do it properly, you need to get your back foot (the one furthest from the front wall) a long way from the ball, and behind the contact point by a little more than a shoulders width, raise your racquet to the start of your swing, step your front...

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Unfortunately, I've played too little tennis to give you an expert answer, but I'll give it a go anyway.

The two main differences that I can think of are these:

(1) The distance to the ball In squash, you generally want to stand closer to the ball when hitting it, to give maximum strength to your swing. In tennis, you need to be able to spin/curl the ball as well, which means that you'll have to stand a little bit further away from the ball.

(2) The height of the ball when hitting it. Obviously, this is quite closely related to the first point, but it's still worth pointing out as it's a common error made by beginners. In tennis, you want to hit the ball when it's higher up, in order to be able to play the ball harder. In squash, the problem of getting the ball to dive after passing the net is non-existent, whereas the player can focus more on pure power in the swing.

Basically, what you want to do in squash is to hit the ball close to your feet, with...

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No, your elbow should absolutely not be locked when you make contact with the ball. Your arm should be nearly straight but with a slight bend at the point of contact, never completely locked. This will allow for your arm to move fluidly through the stroke and will enable you to brush up on the ball, creating topspin. You can see in this video that Federer's arm is almost straight, but his elbow is not locked when he makes contact with the ball, which allows his arm to turn over after contact (this motion makes the racquet move up as well as through the ball, creating topspin).

The pain you are feeling is most likely tennis elbow, which is a strain in the tendons in your elbow from overuse. In other words, your body simply isn't used to hitting balls that are coming at you with such high speeds, causing strain. Locking your elbow, however, brings your joint against your bones, so when you hit the ball, instead of relying on your muscles and tendons for structural support, the...

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In tennis, a grip is a way of holding the racquet in order to hit shots during a match. The three most commonly used conventional grips are: the Continental (or "Chopper"), the Eastern and the Western. Most players change grips during a match depending on what shot they are hitting.

The octagonal handle[edit]

Numbering of bevels on a tennis racket grip

In order to understand the grips, it is important to know that the handle of a racquet always consists of 8 sides or, in other words, has an octagonal shape. A square shape would hurt the hand, while a round shape would not give enough friction to gain a firm grip. The eight sides of the handle are called bevels. We can number the bevels from 1 to 8 as follows: if the blade of the racquet is perpendicular to the ground, the bevel facing up is bevel #1. Rotating the racquet counter-clockwise (for a right handed player, clockwise for a left handed player), the next bevel facing up is bevel #2, if you are...

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What an ignorant statement. How the heck do u know I don't have squash shoes? Yeah rave all you want about squash shoes. You just want to win an argument, that's all. LOL sure, all the professional shoe designer just purposely make squash shoes the best in the world while ignoring the huge market of Tennis players who pays top money for a pair of good shoes. Oh yeah, let's make some crappy shoes for tennis players but oh no, squash is so important we save the best designs for them...

That makes perfect sense.

NO, just the material on the outsole alone is not making your case on support and cushioning. That's just the traction and wear factor based on the surface.

Now are you going suggest playing tennis with a squash racket as well? I'd love to see that. Oh wait, may be some badminton gear would be better...

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The forehand push is the third basic table tennis stroke to master and it’s probably the most difficult of the four. A push is more of a defensive shot than the drive and the aim is to play down the back and underneath the ball to create some backspin.

Later on, the forehand push can be developed into a forehand touch, dig or chop. It is also useful when serving as many basic “chop” serves are built upon the principles learnt for the forehand push.

As with the forehand drive, the forehand push will require a small amount of rotation with the hips, torso and shoulders. It can feel like quite an unnatural shot to play at first but stick with it and you’ll develop the feeling you need to execute it consistently.

This post will highlight the correct technique for playing a forehand push in table tennis. I will use my own knowledge as a table tennis coach and a video featuring Alois and Jeff from PingSkills.

What Is The Forehand Push?

The forehand push...
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