The Reverse Boast
The Reverse Boast is a Boast where the ball is hit into the furthest away side wall before hitting the front wall. This is in contrast to a normal Boast, which hits the side wall closest to the player.
The Reverse Boast is a very offensive shot and can be risky if played badly but if used sparingly, it can be a very deceptive and effective winning shot.
It should be played low to make it tough to reach but much like the other Boasts, it can be played effectively at speed or very slowly. With the Reverse Boast, you have a little bit more room to play with the angles though as you can go for a very wide or a more narrow angle and still play an effective shot. Be mindful of your opponents positioning though when you attempt this shot as it will go right across the court.
Hit a devastating Reverse Boast shot in four quick steps:
- Make sure you have plenty of space – As this shot is almost going sideways, you need a bit more space than usual to make it happen.
- Hit the ball in front of you – With the Reverse Boast, you need to make sure the ball is in front of you when you hit it. Otherwise, you will struggle to get round the ball enough to make it go towards the furthest away side wall.
- Rotate towards the far side wall – Lots of people struggle to get the ball to hit the far side wall initially, so make sure when you play the shot that you allow your body to rotate naturally and your arm to go towards the desired spot as if you were throwing the ball into the side wall.
- Angle – Similar to the Trickle Boast, you should typically aim for the ball to hit the far side wall close to the corner so that it will stay between the side wall and the middle of the court. This way it bounces twice before the far side wall.
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