Hitting Squash Targets

Tuesday Tip

When you practice, either in condition games, drills or solo hitting, do you ever use targets? After 30 years of playing and coaching squash, I realize how frequently people hit a shot with no given target in mind.

We all know to start with that we want to hit the ball straight and tight, at least most of the time. But you’re going to be a better squash player if you can hit a target—similar to a golfer hitting a target on the green. Use cones or different targets on the court to visualize the end result

Let’s start with angle/direction. One of the most common flaws when people hit length is that they use the sidewall . But hitting this sidewall too early slows the ball down and doesn’t get to the back of the court quick enough and gives your opponent more time to take the ball early.

How can you improve the angle of your drives and drops? Align your feet and shoulders to the side wall, Doing this well means you have great awareness of your racquet face and you have fantastic control of how angled the racquet face is at contact. The swing must have a fluid action

When almost everyone plays a drop, they aim for the nick and the ball seems to always hit the sidewall. If you change your focus to hitting the floor before the sidewall, or getting the ball to finish tight you will improve the angle of your drops and they will be much tougher to retrieve, no matter how quick your opponent is. You can also use targets in creative ways.