Comox Valley Squash News

The 10 Commandments of Squash

1. Hit the ball to a good length

  • hit ball firmly at service line to hit floor near back of service box.

2. Aim to the back corner

  • That’s the only way to maintain the T area.

3. Keep the ball close to the side wall

  • The better shot is a straight shot.
  • If your shot clings to the side wall,
    your opponent has to play straight so you can anticipate more easily.

4. Recover to the T

  • From the T you can reach 60% of your opponents’ shots in one stride.
  • If you are on the T you are controlling the rally.

5. Watch the ball at all times

  • Watch ball onto your racket.
  • Watch ball onto opponent’s racket.
  • Watch ball when it goes behind you.

6. Make your opponent run.

  • Be aware of your opponent’s position on court
  • Play the ball away from it.
  • Move opponent up and down the walls.

7. Volley whenever possible

  • Gives opponent less time to recover.
  • Keeps opponent at full stretch.
  • Volley to a good length until the opportunity to volley short.
  • Do not go for a winning shot every time there is an opportunity to volley.

8. Know when to delay shots

  • That will wrong foot opponent.
  • Make him wait for you to play and then make him run the longest distance.
  • Stops and starts causes fatigue.

9. Go for the short shots

  • Good length game and good short game wins matches.
  • Don’t play short until you first play length.

10. Change the pace of the ball

  • Keeps the opponent guessing.
  • Breaks up opponent’s game.
  • Helps you recover when tired.