How can I practice to get my squash shots closer to the wall?

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Choosing not to choose

One of the deepest understanding you need to have to become really good in squash is movement into the court.


The best analogy to explain the deep concept

that you need to use in order to move perfectly in the squash court is in

how to recover a 3 wall boast

(a shot that bounces in order from a side wall to the front wall and then bounces of the other side wall).

This really simple example contains in it a deep meaning that i recommend you to try to understand. The best way to understand it is that after you read the article you go try it.

So how do you move if your opponent makes a boast?


The classical newbie mistakes

(which show us a natural process in human nature that is to save energy and always try to get the hugest outcome with the least effort) is to rush cross ways moving fast toward the side wall, which is a waste of energy since they'll have to make a step back in order to...

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Today I'm going to talk about one of the more challenging skills for most squash players, digging the ball out of the back corner. For quite awhile when you start playing, any shot that makes it to the back wall wins the point. On top of the mechanics being an issue, the ball also doesn't get warm and bouncy enough to come off the back wall. Getting shots after they hit the back wall is a slow progression, but a skill that is very satisfying.

As you get to a higher standard, (for example, watch the pros this week at the Tournament Of Champions) you will rarely see a player have to boast. They will boast when they want to. At a high standard if you are limited to 1 option your opponent will be all over your shot. How do top players manage to get any shot out of the back corner and back down the wall? It's a long list, which is where I'm going to start.

Today I'm going to talk about how to hit a drive when the back corner is interfering with your normal swing. If you...

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There is a plethora of different shots that a player can use in squash, for a range of situations with different results.


Straight Dive

This is the most basic of all squash shots, and is frequently known as the good length shot. It involves hitting the ball parallel and close to the side wall, so that it travels to the back wall of the court, hence making it travel a good length.

This shot is executed by hitting the ball when it is at the highest point, and players should get to the ball early. Extend the arm holding the racquet completely, with the front knee bent at around 90 degrees, before bringing the racquet forwards and upwards.

Boast

This shot is done when the ball hits either one of the side walls before hitting the front wall. It can be categorised as both an offensive and defensive move. If the opponent is behind you, it is best to execute an attacking boast, whereas the defensive boast shot...

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What are the three shots that a good player must perfect?

I asked the question to some of my squash buddies. Most of them paused to think. The top three answers that I got were: length, serve, and return of serve. The answers got me thinking – Squash is about strategy!

Tennis is more about the repertoire of shots that you have.

So, I asked the same question to my tennis buddies.

Without hesitation they rattled off the first two – serve, and return of serve. The third one I got was the return of the return of serve, or, the third shot. If you are saying to yourself “the third shot?” check out this short video of Djokovic’s return of serve that leaves Federer stranded. Perhaps, this one is part fluke and part bravado. But, it’s a fact that most tennis players have a weak second serve. If you don’t have a good third shot, you may be in trouble.

Hitting length in squash is more than a shot, it’s a strategy. Keeping the ball close to the wall while...

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As far as I know, there are no specific drills that will help you improve the "lens-shots" (I think they're called that in English). It'll come naturally as you spend more and more hours on the court. However, some exercises can help you more than others.

(1) Boast-straights One player plays in front of the T, and the other one behind it. Of course, both must always try to get back to the T after making a shot. The back-court player makes boasts (shots against the side wall from the back corner, aimed at the opposite side front corner) and the front-court player returns the ball with a straight lens. This is a good exercise for developing your straight shots from the front wall to the rear. It can also be done with 3 players (usually brings a better rythm as well) by having one player in the front and two in the rear (one on each side).

(2) "The German" Can be played by any number of players, but only two will be active. The players line up as usual for the serve, but...

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Drive it back tighter into the back corner for you to dig out

You can clearly see that by playing tight and to good length, you remove all the above shots from your opponent's choices. This is why the pro games are full of these never-ending rallies up and down the side-wall.

The drop shot is played just above the tin with very little pace. When playing your drop shot you want to aim so that the first bounce is below the nick (i.e floor first) so that your ball will bounce into the side-wall and cling next to it. Your choice of either drop shot depends on where the ball is when you are about to play your shot.

If you are close to the sidewall then its best to play a drop that hits the floor first, bounces and kisses the side-wall then clings to it on its way down.

If you are in the middle of the court then you can aim for the nick and higher for a quick roll-out.

If you are in the back of the court then play a dying drop that wants to hit the nick on the...

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Solo Practice

It is a good idea to practice by yourself at least once a week, even if it is just for 15 minutes, to take the time to pay attention to the technique. Any bad habits that have been developed over time tend to creep back into the strokes, and this will keep re-enforcing the correct stroking. Monitor how accurate the shot is during this practise to guage if the shot is performing well. The key teaching points for the stroke will assist hone in the skill

Basic Swing Technique

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Video clip Solo Kill Drill

Looking at the technique for a kill shot

Take up a comfortable position, and feel balanced, so as to generate the power necessary in the swing.

Because this shot is usually done when the opponent has hit a defensive shot, there will be time to prepare for the footwork and swing, and usually this position holds the opponent behind until you have in fact executed the...

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If you are a beginner or an expert, here are 10 squash shot tips to improve your squash game immediately. Some of these will be easy to accomplish but some will need more practice and increase exposure to become effective. Remember, don't get discouraged. Squash is just as much mental as it is physical.

Got to find the right grip. The key to the best forehand is the grip. Your thumb should be following the edge of your racquet up towards the head. Keep your racquet aiming upward and keeping the face open until you are absolutely ready for impact. Keep your hand tight on the handle and followthrough. Find time to practice. It’s only by hitting the same shot again and again that you can master the shot. Hitting the shot many times in a row can help you "groove" in the shot. If you can't find someone to practice with, simply find a wall and attempt to hit the ball in the same spot. Start soft and pick up the pace to increase your abilities. Arrange matches with some...
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Squash drills

You must focus on deliberate practice with any squash drill. Deliberate practice means the drill should challenge you in one specific way. In addition, your accuracy in the drill needs to be measurable. You will never improve by just practicing your favourite shots over and over. You need to stimulate your brain with challenging tasks that force you to learn a new way of doing things. Only then will you improve in the game.

For example, if you are weak on slowing the pace of games down, then do a drill where you only focus on hitting the ball soft and high to get it deep. Measure to yourself how many are landing where they should. Once you are satisfied with the results, move on to another drill that challenges another weak aspect of your game.

The bread and butter drill for two persons is the boast and drive. See this sample clip from former world number #1 Johnathan Power's DVD

You can add the drop to the same drill:

If you...

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WATCH THE BALL
All professionals say "watch the ball". But, did you know that there is a certain way of watching the ball. During a rally your opponent will be either in front, behind, or parallel to you. There is only one way to watch in each of these circumstances.

When your opponent is in front of you, it is easy to see where and when your opponent is going to hit the ball. The secret is to stay as close to your opponent as possible, without crowding, as he or she is striking the ball.

This adds mental pressure to your opponent because by doing this your opponent knows you're ready, especially for a drop. If your opponent is in front, remember the drop is the most likely shot to be executed. And this means trouble. So get close to your opponent when he or she is in front of you.

When your opponent is next to you or behind you, try not to look directly at the ball. Use your peripheral vision. The reason to do this is that it may...

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Introduction

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It transforms standard squash courts into interactive training and game centres. Squash players can practice in totally new ways using programs developed in cooperation with professional coaches and players.

interactiveSquash training modules assess and coach; speed, accuracy, technique and conditioning with instant visual feedback and analysis. This world-first allows squash players to see their performance down to each individual shot. They gain valuable insights into their game, supported by personalised statistics. interactiveSquash is an immersive tool for coaches to engage budding squash talent.

The games are designed to get people moving and active like never before. New modes and rules give squash players the option to play solo or cooperatively in conquering a range of exciting content which put their skills, accuracy and...

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