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These articles are for players who have recently started squash, although even improvers and recreational players may benefit from reading some them.

It might sound like a silly question because you can see the T just by looking at the court, right? Well, yes, you can see a T, but it’s not really that simple.

Where Exactly Is The T In Squash?

To be able to reach your opponent’s shot quickly and effectively you need to position yourself in the right place. That’s on the join between the short line and half-court line, right? Wrong. I want you to think about the T being eqi-time distant from all corners, considering the direction you are facing and how long the ball would take to get there. To clarify, the T is not the exact centre of the court based purely on measurement i.e. half the distance from each side wall and half the distance from the front wall to the back wall. It’s the place where getting to the front corners and to the back corners in the time it would take the ball to get there. Let’s look at the three most common T positions and when you should be there. One thing to mention before we look at these position, if you watch a professional squash match, you will almost certainly see them stand a little further forward than amateur players. That’s because they play more volleys than most amateurs because they have faster reactions. In addition, the exact position is partly related to your playing style, so a person how doesn’t volley very much might hang back more than a person who loves to volley. It’s an interesting question as to whether the T position defines the playing style or vice versa. The red area is where you opponent is playing the ball from. You will notice that the blue area is an ellipse because it is okay to move slightly to the side that the ball is being played from. Lastly, this is not an exact science, it’s just a guide and you must adapt the principles to suit the situation. Position One You would stand in this position if the ball and your opponent are in the back corners. You are closer to the back because even though…

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…

Solo practice is one of the best things you can do to improve your squash. It mostly works on your skill, but with the right planning can also work on your fitness.

Sharing A Squash Court For Solo Drilling

Most squash players believe that solo practice is something you do because your partner is late or has cancelled. For most, it’s a boring at worst and not fun at best. I fully understand that point of view, but with a small change in your approach to solo practice, it can be one of the most challenging parts of your training. Do It Regularly The first thing to understand is that you must commit to performing solo practice for at least 6 sessions, and those sessions should really be once-per-week to fully benefit. Any less than 6 sessions and you might not have had time to improve and if it is not once-per-week or about once every ten days then the space between each session is too much. Strengths Versus Weaknesses Work mostly on your weaknesses not your strengths. Too many people perform drills that they are good at and enjoy, and that’s fine as long as you spend more time working on the things that you need to do. A good example is the figure of eight. It’s a drill that is fun to do and can be impressive to watch if you are new to squash. But unless you need to work on your volley timing, there might be other drills that are more useful for you. Here’s me trying to get down low! Never Do Any Drill For More Than 5 Minutes Too often, I’ve seen people advocate doing drills for 10 or even 20 minutes. It’s too long. It will actually have a negative effect on your skill acquisition. What will happen is that you will get tired and your technique will falter and you will essentially be teaching your body to do the drill the wrong way. It’s much better to do something for less time, more often, ideally with a sleep in between. Keep Switching Drills As mentioned above, don’t do any drill for…

It’s a natural question. It’s hard to do at first and seems to make watching the ball after you hit it really hard. So why even do it? Read on to find out more.

Why Do I have To Watch The Ball Hit My Strings?

Let me start by explaining the process of what to watch and then I will explain the benefits. When the ball is coming towards you, you should keep watching it until the moment it hits your racket. At that moment, keep your head still, don’t try to follow the ball after it leaves your racket. When you keep your head still, you will see the blur of the racket head and the blur of the ball, but the blur of the ball will stop at the point of contact. Keep you head still for a moment longer and then look up to where the ball went. Remember, you can’t watch the ball hit your strings and immediately move your head to follow it. Not only is it impossible, but it will give you a headache pretty quickly. Your first thought might be, “but don’t I need to see it hit the front wall? How will I know where it has gone otherwise?”. No, you don’t need to watch the ball hit the front wall. Look at the photo below. In it, you can see Gregory Gaultier watching the ball hit his strings. After you have hit the ball you can then direct your attention to your opponent. You will get more information about where they intend to hit the ball from watching their body and timing than you will from staring at the ball. Once they hit the ball, you can then direct your attention at that. What Are The Benefits Of Watching The Ball Hit My Strings? The first benefit is better contact. You will hit the ball with more control and accuracy. It’s hard to believe until you try it. For some it’s easy to do, for others it takes a little more work. But it is simply a matter of developing the habit. The need to look up to see where the ball is going is less…

The pandemic has been the catalyst for squash to fight its way out of the dark and dingy corners of sports centres or private, often elite, clubs and into the sunshine (and rain!)

Squash Plus

One of squash’s problems is that many courts are never seen by potential players. They are often in private clubs, that are either very expensive or in not well-maintained. In the public sector, i.e. sports centres, squash courts are nearly always in the corner of the building you never walk past them to get somewhere else. It means people don’t see them. Just think about tennis for a moment. When Lawn Tennis was first created, it was because a King of France wanted to play Real Tennis outside. At least that’s how the story goes! The point is that once something is visible to more people, more people want to try it. At least that’s how the theory goes! Not only that, but many outdoor tennis courts are free to use. So if those two principles could be used in squash, that would help, right? yeah, probably. Squash+ is a company that was specifically created with the intention of building and promoting outdoor squash courts. They are focusing on two approaches. The first is almost an “off-the-shelf” solution. The image above comes from a padel club in Cáceres, Spain. Where they are continually developing new materials and construction techniques to ensure that this type of court is as effective as possible. That includes cost, maintenance and the ability to even move it. The second approach is for custom designed courts and surroundings. The image above is a render of a proposed facility with two courts. This type of specifically designed facility would obviously be more expensive than the other approach, but clearly has advantages. What’s crucial is that more people get to see squash in locations that they wouldn’t normally. Professional tournaments have been erecting squash courts in all sorts of unusual locations; train stations, airports, tops of skyscrapers and possibly the most icon, near the Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt. I am sure we all wish Squash+ success and can…