on the dead run?

Lazarakis   Wed Mar 15, 2006 2:23 am GMT
"...Usually well balanced except when on the dead run."
(from http://www.us-squash.org/rbl.html)

What does "dead" mean here?
Lazarakis   Thu Mar 16, 2006 2:34 am GMT
Or, what does "on the dead run" mean?
Guest   Thu Mar 16, 2006 4:09 am GMT
Probably means the player is well balanced except when exerting himself to the maximum.
Guest   Thu Mar 16, 2006 4:11 am GMT
But if running is possible in Squash then I guess it could mean when running as fast as possible.
Guest   Thu Mar 16, 2006 5:07 am GMT
In tennis, hitting the ball on a "dead run" is when you are forced to instinctively return a shot in an ill-prepared and less than optimal position, usually due to your opponent volleying a fast one to a point on the court that you least expected.

"Dead run" is also a term used in sailing; meaning to sail against the wind.