5 Tips Every Beginner Squash Player Should Know
Have you just started taking up the game of squash? If so, congratulations! It’s an incredibly fun game that will challenge you – in a good way – both mentally and physically. A great way to build a solid foundation in the sport is heading to one of our International Squash Academy camps this summer.
We welcome players of all skill levels because with a camper-to-coach ratio as low as 4-to-1, our coaching staff is able to provide personalized instruction that’ll help everyone improve on the court. But before you join us at camp, what are some tips that every beginner should know? Check out these five.
Everything Starts With Your Grip!
You have to build the foundation before you build the house, right? Squash is a fast-paced game that requires you to be ready for anything, and that includes conducting forehand and backhand strokes.
With that in mind, it’s important to have a neutral grip that allows you to do both seamlessly and without much adjusting.
How You Move Directly Impacts Your Shot
Your movement in between shots and right up to the moment of impact is a detail you must play close attention to. That means timing is everything – you want to start your swing just as your foot plants into the lunge position so you’re stepping and hitting at the same time.
Staying balanced so you’re able to transfer your weight through a shot is what’s going to give you the optimal power necessary to ultimately put as much pressure on your opponent as possible.
Positioning Is Really Important
Your goal should always be to take advantage of the T zone so that you’re playing in front of your opponent instead of behind him. This allows you to control the pace a little bit and even get a little more power into the volleys that you’re sending their way.
Learn How to Hit a Good Straight Drive
Remember how we just talked about getting in front of your opponent and taking control of the T zone? This can help you accomplish that.
If you’re able to hit the ball straight into the back corners from any spot on the court, it’ll hurt the opposing players’ opportunities to volley, while giving yourself a chance to get in front of them and take control of the pace.
Find Out What it Takes to Return a Serve Correctly
This is a pretty crucial detail, don’t you think? After all, it’s hard to do everything we’ve been talking about throughout this article if you’re not able to return a serve properly. The best starting position is to have an open stance while facing the front wall and watching your opponent while being just the length of on racket away from them in the corner of the service.
Accomplishing this will let you see where the ball is headed before having to get into position and transfer weight into your return.
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