Squash is a fast-paced game that is played in a bounded room, and that is called a squash court. It is a one-on-one game and is very comparable to tennis in the way that you strike a ball with a racquet, but obviously, both of them have their specific qualities and techniques. To become a better squash champion, you will need to learn the basics of the game by working on your grip, footwork, and ball control. You will also need to practice using different kinds of shot techniques, like the straight drive, lob, and drop shot, to out-maneuver your opponent on the floor. You can expand your procedure and selection of shots by practising repeatedly. With enough hard work and enthusiasm, anyone can become a champion of squash.
Mastering the Fundamentals
Hold the racquet resolutely as if you are shaking hands with someone
Place your leading hand in the middle of your racquet’s grip tape with your palm which is facing the direction that you are swinging it. Wrap your thumb over the top and point your index finger towards the top of the racquet. Fold your bottom three fingers around the end of the handle.
Do not grip your racquet too hard otherwise, you will strive to control it while you are rolling it.
If your grip is not strong enough, you will lose control of your swing.
Serve the ball by wavering through it from the serving box
Serving is an important element of understanding the game of squash. You must start with your back foot in the serving box and your front foot placed in the frontcourt. Toss the ball out and away from you at your shoulder length with your less dominant hand. As the ball is just about to start falling in mid of the air, you should then swing your racquet hard to strike the ball against the wall towards your opponent.
The serving boxes are the two smaller squares that sit flush against the wall, which is in the middle of the court.
Keep a stretchy posture in between both, the returns, and the serves
Squash involves a lot of horizontal and vertical movement across the floor of the court, so you will need to be able to move quickly in a range of different directions.
You must stay geared up by keeping your knees bent to some extent, with your feet placed directly under your shoulders. Hold your racquet in both of your hands while you are waiting for the ball to bounce off of the wall in case you need to shift your hands to reach it.
Get used to using the open and closed patterns of movement
In the game of squash, open movement belongs to any adjacent movement where you can shamble your feet from side to side without crossing your left and right feet. Closed movement belongs to any lateral movement where you can turn around your hips to run across the floor, crossing your feet in the process. Don’t be dependent on one kind of movement on the floor and get used to using both forms of movement while playing by practicing your footwork.
Open movement usually takes longer to cover the distance on the floor, but it allows you to chase the ball more precisely.
Closed movement is faster but will often lead to imprecise strokes since you have to readjust your hips to strike the ball after moving.
Lift your racquet while moving to stay prepared
While you are moving to the ball’s location, lift your racquet in your playing hand so that you cut down the amount of time required to effectively hit the ball. This will also allow your body’s energy to help you strike through the ball as hard as it possibly can.
Using Different Strokes
Controlling the straight drive for typical shots and returns
The straight drive, also known as the long shot, is usually the most typical shot in squash. In order to perform a straight drive, swing your racquet in the same direction as that to the ball as it comes towards you and follows through it in the same direction that it came from. This will result in the ball moving as quickly as possible at the same height that it initially jumped from. The straight drive is important for returning the ball and pushing it quickly to different parts of the floor.
Lengthen your arm out towards the wall as you follow through, bending your back knee to a 90-degree angle as you swing.
Be Dependent on the drop shot to score after your opponent moves alongside
A drop shot is any shot where you hit the ball gently against the back wall to buy time for it to bounce twice in front of your challenger, that gives you a point. In order to perform a drop shot, all you have to do is the angle the racquet towards the bottom of the back wall and hit it smoother than you normally would. Play drop shots after your challenger have moved sideways across the floor since they will have to relocate their feet to move forward.
Try to hit your drop shots as low on the back wall as it is possible. This will give your challenger less time to reach the ball as it begins to fall.
Make Use Of a lob shot if your opponent is playing forward
A lob shot is when you play the ball upright off of the back wall to curve it towards the back of the court. In order to perform a lob shot, keep your racquet lower to the ground and swing upwards through the ball as you hit it. This will send the ball flying through the air towards the backside of the court. Do this step while your opponent is playing in the front half of the court to force them to run backward and shoot the ball behind them, giving you the benefit.
A lob shot is not essentially a soft shot. You need to hit the ball pretty hard to send it to the opposing end of the court.
Use a cross-court shot to dodge your opponent
A cross-court shot states to any shot that sends the ball towards the corner extremely away from your opponent. A cross-court shot forces your opponent to move their feet, which will keep them from securing control of their shot as they arrive. Use cross-court shots to keep control of the floor and try to tire your challenger.
You can fake your opponent out by pretending to line up a regular straight drive and then changing the angle of your racquet at the last possible moment.
Beating Your Opponent
Try to change your return position based on your opponent’s strength to trick him
If your opponent is continuously hitting the ball as hard as it is possible, you will want to move beyond back from the T-line.
If your opponent constantly under-hits the ball or has a feebler stroke, try moving up towards the service box to catch the ball before it jumps twice.
Swap between corners to lessen your opponent’s options
Striking the back wall near the corners will make the ball bounce off of the head-to-head wall while it is returning, which will make it harder to guess where it will land for your opponent.
The irregular strike between corners will increase the level of exertion for your challenger because they will have to move crosswise across the court while expecting the ball’s landing. While playing cross-court corner shots, swipe hard so that your opponent cannot reply with a volley.
A volley is an over-all term for any hard shot that attacks your opponent’s control of the floor by forcing them to move.
Play in front of your opponent whenever and wherever possible
If your opponent returns the ball from a side or corner of the court, step in front of them towards the middle of the court. This will give you control of the largest section of the floor.
If your challenger stays behind you after they return the next shot, you will have a clear field of vision to track the ball while your opponent will not, since you will be standing in front of them.
Switch between returning the ball to the side and back wall
In the game of squash, you are allowed to hit the side wall before your ball hits the back wall unlike in tennis. Switching from hitting the ball directly against the back wall and the side walls will throw your opponent off and make it hard for them to forecast where you are sending the ball.
Hitting the side wall first will also lessen the ball’s overall speed on the return, so try to do this trick when your opponent is playing towards the back of the court.
Practising Your Skills
Alternating between serving boxes to master the service on both the sides
If you win uninterrupted points while you serve, you have to swap between serving boxes. You should practice serving from both sides so that you are comfortable switching positions on the floor.
Face the same direction on each side of the court, even if it means that you are fluctuating towards the wall on the opposite side.
Try spinning through the ball at an angle to make it roll
If you move your racquet horizontally and downward while striking the ball, you will put a spin on it. The rolling ball will obviously change its directions once it hits the back wall, causing your opponent to misunderstand the location that the ball will hit. This is known as a corkscrew shot and can take a long time to master.
You must practice the corkscrew shot by changing the angle and direction of your swing while serving or returning the ball.
Practice hitting the ball against the same section of the back wall
In order to warm up or get better at controlling the ball, stand in one section of the floor and hit the ball against the same section of the back wall over and over again. The goal for the ball to return to your position every single time to build stability in your stroke. This technique will help you get used to controlling the position of the ball on the floor.
Study the game by watching skilled players
You must watch professional matches in person or online and pay attention to what each player does to try and outmaneuver their opponent. Try to integrate their mechanism and strokes into your game to improve your skills as you grow as a player.
With a lot of practice, the player that you are looking up to can be your challenger one day.