Category: Technique

Put it into practice: Unlock the secrets of clean hitting on the backhand!

13th December 2018
backhand hitting

Getting the biomechanics of your swing working correctly is essential to hitting a successful backhand. In the brand new series on SquashSkills with amateur player, Paul Miles we filmed a one on one coaching session and explained the key elements of the swing that allow you to hit with more pace and accuracy.

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Put it into practice: Hitting on the rise with DP

3rd December 2018
hitting on the rise

The modern game has seen players looking to increase the pace at almost every opportunity. If they’re unable to play a volley then you’ll increasingly see the top pros taking the ball ‘on the rise’.

So what does ‘on the rise’ actually mean? It means that the ball is being hit before the top of the bounce and it can be done from a variety of different positions in the court.

Who better to explain how to start adding this to your own game than one of the game’s greatest coaches, David Pearson.

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Put it into practice: The lob with Peter Nicol

13th September 2018
the lob

In this week’s featured playlist, SquashSkills co-founder and legend of the sport Peter Nicol takes us through his guide to the lob.

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Put it into practice: Forehand attacking options with David Palmer

13th July 2018
forehand attacking

Australian legend David Palmer joins us on SquashSkills this week, taking us through his thoughts on attacking in the front forehand corner.

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Put it into practice: Volleying with Jesse Engelbrecht

5th July 2018
squash volley

We’re delighted to welcome Jesse Engelbrecht back to SquashSkills this week, to offer us his expert insight into one of the key aspects of the modern game – the volley.

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Flow like the French!

29th June 2018
camille serme

We’re delighted to welcome Camille Serme to SquashSkills this week, as she takes us through her approach to the game technically, tactically, physically, and mentally – all of the 4 crucial components of the competitive squash player.

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Put it into practice: Ali Farag’s backhand options

15th June 2018
squash backhand practice

Fresh from another epic battle with Mohamed El Shorbagy in the Super Series final, world no. 2 Ali Farag joins us this week to share his thoughts on the backhand – specifically options from the mid-court area.

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Put it into practice: Length variations

8th June 2018
practice length variations

We’ve had a fantastic new playlist on the site this week from former South African no. 1 Jesse Engelbrecht.

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Getting to grips, with the squash grip.

28th March 2018
David Pearson - squash grip

The grip is an essential component of every player’s technique that should be worked on from the very first moment that a player picks up a racket

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Technical vs Outcome driven sessions

19th September 2017
squash sessions

As a player I was driven first and foremost about the outcome of a shot and by extension, the rally. As a coach I have to stop myself getting too caught up in the technical aspects of the game and allow the players I teach to find ways to achieve the desired outcome without too much technical coaching. Obviously, there needs to be some consistency in form and the mechanics have to be correct for the shot to be accurate. However, there as so many ways to reach the same impact point that too much technical focus can be counterproductive.

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Getting the knack of the knock up for squash!

1st February 2017
squash knock-up

Whatever standard or level of competition you play at, the game of squash always begins with a knock-up – 5mins of hitting the ball back n forth with your opponent, 2½mins on each side. For many amateur players in particular, this knock-up is nothing more than a necessary evil, used to just briefly get the ball warm before plunging straight into a game. This is a gross oversight however – taken advantage of correctly, the knock-up can be an excellent way to groove in your shots, scope out your opponent, and to properly prepare yourself for the forthcoming match.

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Defending in the front forehand

7th December 2016

In the office we spend a lot of time looking at stills of squash players in action, and there’s one photo that appears over and over again.

Players lunging into the front forehand corner, dropping their hand down the grip and hitting the ball off their right leg.

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Comparisons Between Shabana and Willstrop

6th December 2016
shabana and willstrop

As a coach, I’m always looking at the differences between amateur and professional players, and to learn from the best – what each of the pro players actually do differently. Watching Amr Shabana followed by James Willstrop at the Tournament of Champions highlighted exactly that – and it was interesting to find such different players utilizing similar techniques, and of course their opposing talents and playing traits.

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Attacking Short From The Front Of The Court

10th October 2016
attacking short

I’ve always found going short off an easy ball, even with plenty of time, a challenging aspect of my game. Attacking from the middle of the court is much easier for me as I flatten the racquet head and hit through the ball a little harder, leaving my opponent less able to get onto the ball and counter attack due to their positioning and shot type. From the back of the court, I could only ever attack by hitting the ball deep again – my highest quality option being a forehand boast.

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The importance of good movement in squash

21st July 2016
squash movement

You will have heard us use the saying “you’re only as good as your movement” on a number of different occasions here at SquashSkills. We’re firm believers in the fact that to hit a good squash ball you need to be able to get to the ball, in a solid and stable position.

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3 things you can do to become a better squash player

15th June 2016
squash training

Looking to take your game to the next level? Make sure you’re including these 3 crucial elements in your training.


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How to develop ball skill in squash

18th May 2016
ball skill in squash

You only have to look at today’s crop of emerging Egyptian players to realise that the game has changed dramatically since the attritional length battles that were played by legends of the game such as Geoff Hunt and Jonah Barrington. Todays game is filled will flare, angles and a desire to attack the front corners when the opportunity presents itself.

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Move effectively through the middle of the squash court

9th May 2016
squash court movement

It’s strange to me that we often think about movement to the front and back of the court, rather than concentrating on movement around the middle of the court first.

As much as we’d like to think the standard of our play (and our opponents) means we will always be moving into the corners, the reality is we are more often than not moving around the middle.

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Movement to the back of the squash court

21st April 2016
squash court movement

As a large proportion of the game is spent in the back corners of the court (even more when losing!), being able to move into that area and still have options is crucial so that you do not get stuck digging the ball out continuously.


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