Squash Skills

Efficient Footwork can POWER your Squash Game

Squash Footwork – if efficient it can make for a much easier game of squash! How many of us have run around the court, off balance, lunging for the ball never feeling balanced or in control? Most of us you say — all of us at some point (usually a losing point). Squash Footwork Tip #1 Let’s start out with a court perspective tip. Draw an imaginary line around the court floors one meter (3 feet) from each wall. Now look at how much smaller the court becomes. Our feet should never go inside this one meter area. Ideally the ball is always landing within this one meter zone. You have not moved your feet just yet, but your footwork will be less strenuous now visualizing the one meter line. Time to move your feet! Squash Footwork Tip #2 For the doubles players: going to the ball is a given…

4 Steps to a Better Squash Backswing

When you step into the squash court with your opponent, they will naturally want to stay away from a strong part of your game. They will play to your weaknesses, not your strengths. While your squash backswing may not be a weakness, it often is where the majority of your shots are made when playing singles squash. Backswing Technique Technique serves strategy and should be adapted to support a strategic approach that will put you in the best position to win. Having said that, how you do your squash backswing is important. A good backswing can be the difference between being able to play the ball quickly and accurately or having to take extra time to play the ball or to play a bad shot. A squash match is most often won by the person who can maintain dominance at the “T” and is able to attack to the…

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 in squash 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…

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