Do Something Every Single Day To Improve Your Squash!

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These articles are suitable for players who just play squash occasionally and for fun. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t be ambitious, it just means your primary objective is to enjoy playing rather than being competitive.

Very few sports allow you to improve your skill on your own in the same way that squash does. yes, some sports, for example table tennis, makes it easy to fold the table and practice lone, but you have to change the table. In squash, you are supposed to hit the ball against the wall and have it come back to the court!

The Benefits Of Solo Practice In Squash

The benefits of practicing alone on a squash court are many and important. Firstly, it allows you to focus on your technique and swing without having to worry about winning a point. Of course, you need to know exactly how to swing and for that you should visit a coach if you can. Even if you don’t have good technique, practicing alone can improve your control, both of the ball AND the racket head. It is important to note though that using bad or dangerous technique when performing solo practice will not help you in the long term, so find a coach if you can! The next thing solo practice can do is make you fitter and stronger. You don’t simply have to stand around and hit the ball gently back to yourself. You can mix hard-hitting with some soft-hitting, you can mix standing and hitting with ghosting, which will improve your footwork too. Being able to concentrate and focus for more than a few moments is a very important ability that can be improved when doing solo practice. If you notice yourself starting to think about school, work, Tv shows, family commitments etc etc, just bring your mind back to the hitting. Nowadays we call this “Mindfulness” and in this context it means only thinking about the hitting. One way to improve your squash mindfulness is to listen to the sound of the swing and, the ball hitting the wall, floor and your racket. It can be very relaxing. In fact, I made a video essay about this exact topic called Solo Hitting is my Meditation Video Squash Coaching from the comfort of your sofa! Walking onto a court and not knowing what to do is one of the biggest reasons players don’t try solo hitting, but fear not! I have created plenty of videos and posters to give you a fixed-time mental, physical and technical workout when hitting…

Sometimes we have to stop playing squash. This could be due to work or family commitments, injuries or many other reasons. If we are lucky, we eventually come back to squash.

Playing Squash After Taking A long Break

Coming back to squash after a long break is a delicate time, especially if you haven’t been very active in the meantime. In addition, a lot depends on your age when you stopped, your current fitness level and your age now. But here are a few suggestions to help you start playing again without getting injured immediately! The first thing I suggest is to go on court alone for the first few times. Perform some solo hitting and a little ghosting (See What’s The Best Way To Improve Your Squash Footwork? for more details about ghosting). The reason I suggest this is because it allows you a chance to improve your timing without worrying about playing against somebody and also stops you from over-exerting yourself the first few times you play. In addition, you should also do some leg and core strengthening exercises for a few weeks before you start to play. This is something you should do regularly anyway to improve you fitness and mobility, but also to stop reduce the chance of injury. I also highly recommend learning about and performing a proper “Heat Up” before going on court, even if you go on court alone. This will help reduce the risk of injury AND help you play better squash. “Why can’t I just start to play?” you rightly may ask. Well, you probably already know the answer: once you get on court with another person, it can be very difficult to control your enthusiasm and effort. You could easily over-stretch for a ball or play for too long the first few times and suffer for it the following days. Video Squash Coaching from the comfort of your sofa! It’s not my intention to scare you or convince you not to play or even play another sport, it’s just that I know how easy it is to come back after a break and think to yourself “I’ll just…

Moving around the squash court efficiently and effectively is key to playing well. You can’t hit great shots if you can’t reach the ball! I would be lying if I said great footwork and fitness weren’t closely linked, but you *can* have great footwork without being super fit, it’s just very unusual.

What’s The Best Way To Improve Your Squash Footwork?

I often liken great squash footwork to dancing. Being light on your feet, able to move as if you were gliding and being able to adapt very quickly are key elements to a great dancer. So does that means that you have to be naturally talented? No, it can be learnt by most people, but let’s be honest, some people have no rhythm, and those people will probably never be great movers, either on a dance floor or a squash court! Back to the question though. Getting stronger by doing leg and core strengthen exercises will help, but what you really need to do is called “Ghosting”. Ghosting is like shadow boxing; it’s moving around the court WITHOUT a ball or opponent and just focusing on how you move. Just like any skill, you need to start slowly until it feels more natural and then increase the speed. Not too slowly though as it won’t be natural. Here are three objectives for you to focus on: Firstly, start each movement with a little jump, with your feet just wider than your shoulders. This is called the Split-Step and is used to ensure you move quickly in the right direction. Lastly, make the final step quite long. This will ensure you transfer your weight into the ball and give you more options when hitting the ball. BUT WAIT! What’s the third you ask? Well, the middle objective is to use medium length strides that allow you to reach somewhere quickly but also allow you to adjust so that your final step is the longer one. Make sure you move back to the T quite quickly, but DO NOT turn and run forwards – move backwards as this will give you the most adaptability when it comes to changing directions. Video Squash Coaching from the comfort of your sofa! Okay, so now we know WHAT to do, HOW do we do it?…

One aspect of squash that can be confusing to new players, and some who have been playing a while, is the different balls. The first thing to tell you is that it is NOT your fault – it is the fault of the ball manufacturers and the governing body of squash.

How To Choose The Right Squash Ball

Squash balls come in four types: Blue dot, Red dot, Yellow dot and Double Yellow dot. Each ball is described by its speed, so the blue dot is called fast, the red dot medium, the yellow dot slow and the double yellow is called super slow. Now, if you were new to a sport, would you choose a fast or super slow ball? I would choose the super slow ball. I’m new to playing squash, I want a slow ball to make easy to hit, right? Wrong. But as I said, it’s not your fault. Complete beginners should play with a blue dot. It is the most bouncy and if you can not hit it consistently it remains bouncy. As you get a little better, you should move onto the red dot. The red dot, like the blue dot remains bouncy even if you can’t hit it cleanly every time, but is less bouncy than the blue dot. Keep using the red dot, but occasionally try a yellow dot. If you can hit the ball cleanly and consistently the yellow dot will stay hot and bounce enough to make squash fun. But be aware that you need to get the yellow dot hot before it will be bouncy. To do this I suggest you hold the ball in you hand for a few minutes before you start to play. Just after you have got changed into your squash kit and as you are walking to the courts to “heat up” is the perfect time. Holding the ball in your hand, especially in the winter or in cold locations, can make the initial first few hits much easier, but you will still need to hit it cleanly to get the ball hot. I want to be clear about one point. Moving from blue to red to yellow to double yellow is not always linear. There might be times that you should…

Squash rackets come in two main head/frame shapes: tear drop and traditional. Each have their advantages and disadvantages and in this article, I’ll be talking about them.

Which Squash Racket Frame Shape is Better?

Tear drop frames generally don’t have any cross frame support, are generally a little lighter, have slightly larger sweetspots (elongated), have longer main (vertical) strings and produce more power due to those longer main strings and bigger sweetspot. I mentioned above that tear drop frames don’t have any cross-frame support, but some do. Specifically the Prince Power Ring frames. However, unlike other cross-frame pieces, the Power Ring actually hold the strings and are supposed to make the frame stronger. So tear drop rackets have a lot of power. In fact, for some players, depending on the racket, there might be too much power! how is that possible you ask. Well, having power is no use if you can’t control the ball. If the ball hits the strings and shoots off at slightly the wrong angle, even by a few millimetres, if could change a straight drive into a shot that hits the side wall first and comes back towards the player or even the middle of the court. A traditional frame has some sort of frame piece that goes across the frame to make the head, which has the strings inside, smaller. This means that a traditional frame as a smaller strung area. This in turn means a smaller sweetspot. However, the size of a rackets sweetspot is less important that its quality and consistency. In general, traditional racket have more control than Tear drop shaped rackets. I haven’t performed an analysis, but feel confident saying that most professional players, even if it is 60/40, play with traditional-shaped squash rackets. So does that mean you should? Heck, NO! Video Squash Coaching from the comfort of your sofa! What you need to do is play with as many different brands and models of rackets as possible, even if it is for just a few minutes. Over time, you will begin to understand what sort of racket feels most comfortable for you.…

A “Conditioned Game” in squash means limiting what shots players can play or by giving players specific “rules” or points of focus. During conditioned games, either one or both players can have “conditions” and they don’t have to be the same.

What Are Conditioned Games In Squash?

Conditioned games are used to improve certain aspects of a squash players’ skills, but they can also allow players of quite different standards to enjoy a competitive situation where both players have fun AND benefit from the time spent on court. Conditioned games focus players’ mind on execution NOT decisions, allowing them to practice in more real situations things they have learnt during coaching or learning sessions. All that sounds fine in theory, but let’s look as some real examples. The most common conditioned game is called “Length Only”. This requires both players to hit every shot past the short line – that’s the one on the floor of the court that goes from one side wall to the other. As with proper squash, if the ball bounces on this line it is out! During this “Length Only” conditioned game, it is important that both players move back to the T as in a real match. You can’t just stand around at the back. This type of game is generally not suitable for beginners as it requires the ability to hit the ball after it has hit the back wall, and most beginners can’t do that. Variations on this game could include the better player being only able to hit straight drives or volleys, whereas the other player can hit straight and crosscourt. Yet another variation is that each player is allowed one short shot per rally. This additional condition focuses the mind of the players to very carefully select which shot to go short on. Of ten this game is used as a warm up game during longer training sessions, but if taken seriously can constitute the main activity during a training session. Video Squash Coaching from the comfort of your sofa! Surely there must be more conditioned games? Yes, of course there are, but this articles isn’t an extensive list of them! By limiting what each playe4r can…

Like all sports, squash has terms and names related just to itself. Knowing those names won’t make you a better squash player, but will make it easier to understand what you see and read about squash.

What Are The Basic Shots In Squash Called?

In this short article I am going to explain the basic terms used when talking about squash shots. In the future, I will write another article that talks about more advanced terms. Serve & Service ReturnThe serve is the first shot in a rally and is hit by the server. The “Service Return” is hit by the “Receiver”. The “Server” won the last point, the “Receiver” lost it, except at the beginning of a match when the Server is chosen by a random event, most often by spinning a racket, but it could also be a coin toss, i.e. heads or tails.DriveThe drive is a shot played after the ball has bounced and is hit to the back of the court. The purpose of the drive is to put the opponent into the corners, and either get a winner or more likely force them to hit a weak shot, from which you will try to hit a spectacular winner!Straight DriveA “Straight Drive” goes into the same corner as the side you hit it on.Crosscourt DriveA “Crosscourt Drive”, sometimes written as Xcourt, goes across the court (see why?!) to the other corner.BoastsA boast is when the ball is hit against the side wall first and on purpose! I say on purpose because sometimes you try to hit a straight drive but it hits the side wall first and comes into the middle of the court. There are a few variations of the boast, but I will only talk about the three main types of boast in this article.Two-Wall BoastThe two-wall boast, also called the working boast, is generally played from the back or middle of the court and hits the side wall, then the front wall and should bounce twice BEFORE it hits the opposite side wall. Its purpose is to move the opponent forward and hopefully force a weak return. The second bounce should be as close to the opposite…