heart I'm a humble guy, but it's my duty to teach you how to boast...
It happens to us all at some point in a match, the opposition
hits a great length and there's no alternative but to dig it out
of the corner. The only sensible option to get the ball to the
front wall is to play the boast. Do not fear; this need not be
a complete disaster, leaving you wide open to any easy kill.
played properly the boast can often turn into a good attacking
shot and although you may not hit the nick every time, it should
at least move your opponent across the full diagonal of the court.
common error in the execution of the boast is the use of the wrist
when playing the ball. The boast is essentially exactly the same
shot as the drive, with a firm wrist. The secret to a consistent
boast is feet positioning. The feet should be in a neutral position
with the toes pointing to the back corner, the shot played from
this stance will end close to the nick on the side wall in the
front court. The other important aspect of the shot is where the
ball is when struck. On the fore hand the contact with the ball
should happen level with the front foot and on the backhand contact
should occur in front of the front foot.
pictures below show the correct postioning of the racket, feet
and body as the shot is played. The upper photos show the starting
position from three different perspectives. The bottom 3 photos
display the equivalent positions at the point of contact. In each
picture note how my toes are pointing towards the back corner
and the shot if turned 45o anti-clockwise becomes a straight drive.
thanks to Richard King, a qualified squash coach.