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July 2022

I created a series of videos called “PhotoCoaching”, where I use photographs of professional or very advanced players and use them to explain technique for club players.
In this article, we will look at getting the ball out of the forehand corner using the correct squash technique.

PhotoCoaching: Back Corners - Forehand

Here are two photographs of a player using the correct forehand technique to get the ball out of the forehand back corner. There is a Silent Squash video at the end of the article if you prefer to watch. There is also a backhand article for you to view. PHOTOGRAPH 1 Now let’s look at the forehand. This player is left-handed, but that is not important for this demonstration.This is almost the last part of the swing. Just like the backhand, the racket head is behind the wrist and dropping down low.It will get parallel or almost parallel to the floor. Notice the gap between his index finger and his other fingers. I discussed this in both my grip videos: The Grip (18 minutes) and How to Hold and Grip a Squash Racket Squash For Beginners [009] (7 minutes) Just like the first photo from yesterday’s Backhand article, this player is stretching to reach the ball, therefore his non-racket hand is out-stretched to provide balance. This player seems perfectly placed to maximize his options and limit his opponent’s options. PHOTOGRAPH 2 This photo is slightly later in the swing.The player is micro-seconds away from hitting the ball. The player’s racket is now parallel with the floor – just like in the backhand! His racket face is open, in fact it is facing the ceiling. His wrist is cocked, almost 90 degrees to his forearm and is ready to rotate the racket head towards the ball. This position allows the smallest area of swing with the maximum amount of movement. FOREHAND SUMMARY Get you racket head behind your wrist Rotate you forearm. Do NOT “flick” your wrist. In this Silent Squash video, you will learn how to get the ball out of the back corner. There is NO SOUND in this video. https://youtu.be/PV1-hHMv-2M

I created a series of videos called “PhotoCoaching”, where I use photographs of professional or very advanced players and use them to explain technique for club players.
In this article, we will look at getting the ball out of the backhand corner using the correct squash technique.

PhotoCoaching: Back Corners

Here are two photographs of a player using the correct backhand technique to get the ball out of the backhand back corner. There is a Silent Squash video at the end of the article if you prefer to watch. There is also a forehand article for you to view. PHOTOGRAPH 1: We are going to start with the backhand.To get the ball out of the back corners and straight along the wall… Your racket needs to come from a low position.Previous to this part of the swing, it can have been much higher, but at some point it MUST come low. Notice that the side of the strings that will make contact with the ball are facing upwards.In fact, they are facing the ceiling and if we were able to pause time, you could place a ball on the strings and it would not fall off. This racket position is called an “open face”. Notice that it is not “broken” or bent.You can’t have an open racket face with a bent wrist. He is about to use his forearm to rotate his racket around and make contact with the ball. One last thing. Where is his left arm?It looks like he doesn’t have one. It is completely behind him. Almost certainly out-stretched.It is helping him balance himself.If you right arm is out stretched, then so should your left arm. Not only is it helping him balance, it is completely out of the way of his swing. PHOTOGRAPH 2 Now let’s look at the second photograph. As you can see, the player is much closer to the ball.His feet are closer together But the swing elements are still the same. The racket has dropped to almost parallel to the floor.Again if we could stop time, there would be a point in the swing where we would almost certainly be able to place a ball on the strings and it would not…

No, the ball doesn’t have to bounce in Squash. In fact, it is NOT allowed to bounce when you serve it. All other times, you can volley it if you want to.

Does The ball Have To Bounce In Squash?

Does The ball Have To Bounce In Squash?

When you first start playing squash, you might hear lots of rules that other people tell you and many times it’s just players repeating what other players have told them. In the UK we call this “Chinese Whispers➚”, which is possibly racist. The point is that many people believe some strange “squash rules” that are very far from the truth. Having to let the ball bounce is one of those! As I said in the introduction, NO!, the ball doesn’t have to bounce in squash. You can hit it before it bounces any time after it has hit the front wall. Remember, after your opponent has hit it, it MUST hit the front wall before you can hit it. That might sound strange, but I have been asked whether players can hit their opponents shots before it hits the front wall! The Serve And Service Return You MUST volley the ball when you serve – a volley is a shot that is hit before it touches the ground, hence the name Volleyball! You are not allowed to bounce the ball and then hit your serve. You must throw the ball up and then hit it. I mean, you can bounce the ball just before you serve as a mental preparation routine, just like tennis players do. After the serve, whether you volley or let it bounce is up to you. HOWEVER, I strong recommend volleying service returns with a short block, aiming high on the front wall and hitting it into the same corner as you are standing. This will make the serve move more than if you hit a crosscourt shot. Most new players don’t hit straight because they don’t have confidence in their volleys and the best way to improve them is to practice them!. Remember: Short, block swing and aim high on the front wall. Why Let It Bounce? Well, some shots are hit too hard and…