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Solo Drill

This drill is also called “The Butterfly”, but I prefer the name “infinity” as the shape the ball-path makes is more like the infinity symbol than an eight
(∞ vs 8), also the idea that you could do the drill for infinity if you were good enough!

The Figure Of Eight

This is one of the most common solo drills seen performed by professional squash players. In many ways it’s like the speed ball used by boxers. It doesn’t have any direct relation to what you do in a real match, but it does improve your timing, control, concentration and believe it or not, your core strength. Start With The Bounce Version The first version you should try is on the bounce. This allows you more time and space to make adjustments if your shot is not very accurate. Hit a forehand into the left corner (assuming you are right handed), aim the ball to hit the front wall quite close to the side wall, it will then come back towards you on your left side. You then hit a backhand into the right corner, aiming to hit the front wall near the side wall. It will then come back to your forehand side, and so on. Start with a rd dot or single yellow dot, it’s better to make sure the ball is quite warm before you start, but it’s not necessary. Don’t hit it hard to begin with or too low. You objective is to build a rhythm that feels comfortable for you. The temptation is to begin to hit harder and lower, try to resist that urge at first. Play the video below to see me performing the bounce version. Highlight: Figure of Eight with a bounce Move Onto The Volley Once you feel comfortable with the bounce version you can move onto the volley version, although you don’t have to have mastered it to try. It’s exactly the same, except you volley the ball. Volley means to hit the ball before it bounces (that’s why volleyball is called volleyball!). Volleys in squash are generally more difficult than shots that bounce because you have less time to prepare to get into the correct position, less time means a…

Here is a simple, yet beneficial solo drill for you to try.

Sharing A Squash Court For Solo Drilling

Starting about 2 metres away from the front wall and face the side wall and stand close to it. start to hit some volleys to yourself (forehands if you are right-handed, backhands if you are left-handed). Keep you writs firm and make the shoulder do the work. Hit about five and start to slowly move away from the sidewall but parallel with the front wall. When you get near the left sidewall wall, move a little further away from the front wall and then start to move forward again. All this time you should be volleying the ball. If you make a mistake, go back to the beginning. Your objective is to make it past the short line, so about mid court. Advanced players should be able to make it all the wall to the back wall. This is a touch exercise, both mentally and for your shoulders. Give yourself 5 minutes break by doing something else and then try it on the other side. Keep a not of how many volleys you do without a mistake.