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Squash Backhand Serve

The squash backhand serve is an effective serve if done correctly. The backhand swing enables you to spin the ball faster than you would on a forehand. With enough spin, a backhand serve creates unpredictable angles as the ball bounces off from the walls. Hitting a backhand serve Direct the ball near the opposite corner of the front wall. An unpredictable angle can be made with enough spin on the ball to confuse your opponent and will bring the trajectory closer to the side wall. Serve the ball with a backhand swing to spin the ball and direct it towards the opposite corner of the front wall. Have the ball clip the side wall to make the shot even more effective. Position your feet wide apart with your racquet at backhand position at the opposite side of your racquet hand. Gently toss the ball at an arm’s length with the…

Squash Body Serve

The body serve in squash is made to catch your opponent off guard. It directs the ball towards the body of your opponent at high speed giving them less time to react. This serve is considered to be discourteous or unsportsmanlike by some players but is completely legal on the game. Making a body serve The body serve is performed with a forehand for better racquet control. The ball bounces off the front wall and directly towards the upper body of your opponent at high speed. It works best for if your opponent is stationary and will force them to make a weak return. Direct the ball towards the upper body of your opponent. Depending on the speed your serve is delivered, your opponent will have less time to react. Thus, forcing them to volley a weaker return. Project the ball near the center of the front wall as high…

Squash Smash Serve

Similar to the lob serve, the smash serve is an overhand serve that helps you take over the ‘T’ position when done correctly. This serve takes racquet control, timing and precise ball placement. Projecting a smash serve The goal of a smash serve is to get you valuable time to get yourself on the ‘T’ position. The speed of the ball is crucial in making the serve. Serving the ball too fast and you can miss your chance and too slow can result in having an easy volley for your opponent. This serve aims for the near center of the front wall just above the serve line making it as low as possible. Make sure to bounce it off from the side wall just above the short line. This gives the ball longer air time to keep your opponent guessing as you take advantage of the time to get to…

Squash Warm Up Exercises

SQUASH WARM-UP EXERCISES During an intense game such as squash, the body exerts great efforts to perform twists, sudden turns and deliver force on the court. Forcing all of the muscles to perform at its best at a very fast pace can wear on your body. Warm-up exercises are strongly recommended when doing any strenuous activity to help condition the muscles before playing the game. Below are some of the important squash warm-up exercises. STRETCHES Quad Stretch Find a wall or something you can hold onto to keep your balance. Hold onto the wall and lift your ankle towards your butt with your opposite hand. Keep your standing leg straight as you bring your head as close to the ground as you could while keeping your torso straight. Hamstring Stretch Step one foot forward and place both of your hands on your thigh. Bring your head as close to the…

Squash Solo Practice

Learning to control the ball, footwork and spatial awareness is essential in playing squash. Improving these fundamentals increases your skill level and gives you an upper hand in a competitive game against your opponent. These squash solo practice exercises will help you improve by practicing against yourself. Below are some of the squash solo practice which is important to learn. STRAIGHT DRIVES Position yourself next to the wall doing straight drives. Aim to: Project the ball as parallel and close to the wall as possible. Move forward and backward working on your forehand swing. Switch to the opposite side wall. Move forward and backward working on your backhand swing. STRAIGHT & CROSSCOURT DRIVES Do a straight drive followed by a crosscourt drive catching the ball on the opposite side wall. Aim to: Bounce the ball on the side wall with each crosscourt drive. A transition between backhand and forehand racquet…

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