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Play more Effective
Strokes by getting to the "right" position. Why do some shots go
straight and others cross-court? It's all about your position relative
to the ball.
Under pressure we take the shortest route to get to the ball but depending
on our position, the direction and power of our strokes are dramatically
affected. It is possible to hit the ball in a different direction but the
power and accuracy may be affected.
Stand facing the side wall and strike the ball between your front foot and
the side wall. RESULT The ball travels parallel
to the side wall.
Line up your shoulders with the front corner furthest away from you. So if
you are on the left of the court and you are right handed, face the left
hand corner. Line up your shoulders with the far right, front corner. Strike
the ball, when it is between your right foot and the front left corner.
RESULT The ball will strike the middle of the
front wall, rebounding to the back right corner.
Don't get Too Close to the Ball
Modern advice is to move directly to the ball, then reposition yourself to
aim the ball where you want it to go. The most common fault in all players
is getting too close to the ball. Listen to this YouTube song and heed the
White Pigeon - Don't Get Too Close (Squash Song)
- If you always shape-up to the
ball in the same way, the opponent will know which direction you are going
to hit the ball.
- You need to "break the rules" and
position yourself for a cross-court shot, then play straight.
For other strokes experiment with
different positions for maximum effect.
Any comments or observation email
Coach Derek Thorpe