Five Squash Techniques Worth Knowing
There are any number of different squash techniques to be mastered to improve your game, the question often being, where to start. Where to start may not matter all that much if you are a beginner. If you've played the game for some time, you'll probably have a good feeling as to where your game could stand improvement. If you're still a beginner, anything that might help your game is worth looking into.
The Wrist - One of the first mistakes a beginning squash player makes is in assuming "it's all in the wrist". As is the case with tennis, and badminton, it's definitely not in the wrist, in fact the wrist doesn't really come into play all that much. Keeping the wrist straight isn't intuitively obvious, but is something that usually must be taught or observed. Keeping the wrist straight most of the time not only gives one's shots more power, but more accuracy as well. A floppy wrist makes for a sloppy game.
Avoid Unnecessary Movement - In almost every sport, a beginner does a lot of moving around than is often unnecessary. This wasted motion not only is the enemy of sound technique, but it brings on fatigue more quickly as well. Sometimes when watching a game of squash between two players who seem about evenly matched, you might notice that the eventual winner often seems to have played a more effortless game, while the loser, in spite of great technique, has simply appeared to have run out of gas. Without going into a great deal of detail at this point, a good tip is to continuously think about economy of motion, and make it a goal to learn to play the game so you move around a lot less than does your opponent. There are many techniques associated with this strategy, and it pays to learn them all.
Make And Keep Yourself Fit - If you are in great physical condition and play a controlled game where you avoid unnecessary movement, you have a great one-two punch going for you. Find a couple of drills that really will tax you physically to help build up your stamina, or just play a lot of squash and not just an occasional match. Running, jogging, bicycling, or working out on a Stair Master won't hurt either.
Learn And Practice A Good Serve - First, you have to define what a good serve is. Obviously it's one that stays within bounds; otherwise you've lost a point needlessly, so practicing an accurate serve is important. A hard serve in tennis accomplishes nothing if it goes of bounds, whether the opponent manages to return it or not. You do however want to learn a serve that is at least a little difficult for an opponent to return. If you can avoid making a mistake, by making an accurate serve, and force your opponent into making a mistake, by making a difficult serve, you'll have a lot going for you. In this respect, the high lob serve often serves a beginner best. Work on a good high lob serve. One that is reasonably accurate.
Learn To Hit With Power - As mentioned earlier, squash technique does not involve the wrist to any great extent. That must mean it involves only the arm, right? Wrong. The arm isn't all that much a part of the game either, at least as far as hitting the ball with power is concerned. Watch a quarterback throw a football, or a batter hit a baseball, or a basketball player make a jump shot. At first glance, the arms seem to be doing the work. Look closer, and you'll see it's all in the hips. That's where the power comes from and that's where the accuracy comes from. The upper part of the body moves forward, the upper part of the body swivels on the hips, better yet when the feet are firmly planted, the shoulder rotates, the elbow turns, and finally, the wrist gets slightly involved, almost as an afterthought.
Learning and practicing these five squash techniques or strategies won't guarantee you'll become the best player ever, but should as a minimum make to a very competent and competitive one, meaning you'll enjoy the game that much more.