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Key Strategy to Winning in Squash

August 10, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 162

The key strategies to winning a squash match are: 1. To first recognize what sort of opportunity you have or do not have. To do this you will have to look to see where your opponent is standing on the squash court and if they are balanced or not. If they look off-balance this is the time to play an attacking or forcing shot. If they are leaning forward and balanced then you must rally or force your opponent to the back of the court, making sure the ball you choose to hit goes BY them. Attempting to hit the squash ball to the back of the court and your opponent cutting the ball off simply means THEY have NOT MOVED much, and YOU will probably HAVE TO MOVE a great deal and possibly very quickly as they will be volleying the ball.

2. I actually like to explain the strategies like this. I want to play the ball from the middle of the court and make my opponent play from the four corners. I also want to always execute the sort of shot that allows me to recover to the "T" and get balanced before my opponent strikes the ball. This is a very subtle concept and I like to think of it as "covering my rear end" It works like this in squash, if I am close to the "T" or center I can afford to hit the ball hard and attempt top attack. Once I am a couple of steps away from the "T": I have to be much more circumspect about the squash shot that I choose and it's execution. I need the shot to buy me time and allow me to recover, if it does not do this then all it means is I will be running faster than I want and definitely getting the worse end of the rally.

Imagine you are playing squash and standing on the "T." You are wearing shorts with no underwear! Now if you hit the ball from "T" area all is fine, but as you have to play the ball from further away from the "T" your shorts start to fall! When you are running hard into the corner to retrieve a ball your shorts are around your ankles and you are seriously "Mooning" the crowd! Recognizing this predicament will cause you to play a slow defensive shot that absolutely will get you enough time to get back to the "T" recover, and pull your shorts up!

If you only remember this one strategy when you play you will always be playing your opponent and the situation not the "correct" shot, this will lead you to play effective, winning squash.

As the only level 5 Squash coach in Canada and having played for, captained and been National Coach to both the British and Canadian National Women's Squash Teams. Barbara is a leading authority on the game of squash in general and the mental side in particular. This expertise is shared on her website and in her articles. To contact Barbara or to access her publications go to http://www.racketdrills.com.

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