Ever-popular South African luminary Jesse Engelbrecht is back leading our brand new featured content this week, this time delving into the intricacies of the back forehand corner.
We had a fantastic response to Jesse’s deep backhand playlist, so he agreed to come back (along with able pupil Emma!) to go through the same process for the forehand side.
While most amateur players tend to report feeling more confident on the forehand side of the court as compared to the backhand, the deep forehand corner does have its own subtleties as regards approach, footwork, and body position to consider, to allow you to truly master this area of the game.
Jesse covers a whole range of topics in the playlist, including taking the ball off the back wall, digging tough balls out, and dealing with varying paces of cross-court. We’ve also included some fantastic PSA examples, so you can see how the very best players in the world do it.
Even for those of you out there who feel relatively comfortable in the deep forehand corner, there are some really insightful breakdowns by Jesse that are well worth checking out. Sometimes examining a topic from a different angle can help give you a fresh approach you’d not previously considered, that might just give you that crucial extra edge on court.
The purpose of this blog is to give you some ideas of routines and practices you can use to really start drilling into all of the facets of the deep forehand corner, helping you to take Jesse’s ideas and input and incorporate it directly into your own game.
We’ve put together a selection of brand new solo and pairs sessions for you to go through, developed around the technical and physical aspects of the playlist. Click through the links below to check them out, and use them in conjunction with the video playlist series.
Put it into practice
This session is based around a selection of solo exercises to help you practice some of Jesse’s technical tips by yourself.
This pairs session uses a series of drills and routines to develop your prowess within the back forehand corner, from a more structured rally base.
This second pairs session is based around a progression of conditioned games, to allow you to really start applying some of the insights and ideas from the playlist into a more realistic match-based context.
To be effective in the deep corners, being strong and stable within your shot is important. Check out this brand new balance/stability session from the fitness side of the site for some help.
Jesse Engelbrecht takes Emma through techniques to improve her game in the back corners, from intercepting the ball to digging the ball out the back corners.
In this series, Jethro takes you through the different types of boast in squash and explains how to perform them and when to use them.
In this series, Lee Drew teaches you everything you need to know about playing drop shots from the back of the court.
Let us know how you get on with the sessions, we’d love to hear your feedback!
Haven't seen the full playlist yet?
If you find it hard to return the ball effectively from the back corners, be sure to check out the series and start turning this area of the game into a strength.Watch the playlist in full