What is it?
How you pick up and hold your racket is one of the primary elements that needs to be firmly in place as a foundation of your technique.
Why is it important?
The fundamentals of the grip and related elements need to be solid in order to allow you to hit the full range of shots that are needed on the squash court.
In this video, Jesse explains how to hold the racket and highlights the difference between a clubbed grip and V shape grip.
At the foundation of every good technique is a good grip – holding the racket incorrectly will limit your shot options. It’s worth spending a good amount of time working on your swing and ensuring that your technique will hold up under pressure, and allow you to better hit a full range of shots.
Making grip changes can make the game feel completely alien and can be a major cause of frustration for the novice player – it is, however, one of the most important things you can focus on in order to give yourself the best chance of success.
How to practice
The easiest way to ensure that you keep holding the racket correctly is to use a biro or felt tip pen, and draw the V shape in the correct position around the edge of your hand. This can be a reference point for you to refer back to in between rallies, as you look to ensure that your grip does not move around the racket leading to a ‘closed’ racket face on either side.
If you have to make significant adjustments to your grip, as strange as it sounds it may even be worth trying carrying a racket around with you at home or whilst doing ordinary day to day things, such as watching TV or taking the dog for a walk! The more you get used to holding racket correctly, the quicker it will feel like second nature on the squash court.
Additional useful content
This blog outlines how to hold the rackets and also features an excellent video explanation from former England National Coach, David Pearson.
Common Amateur faults and self-diagnosis
- Dragging the ball into the middle: If you find yourself giving strokes away or pulling the ball into the middle of the court, then it’s possible you may be over-rotating at the end of your swing or letting your follow through come too far around your body.
- Hitting the side wall: It’s likely that if your drives are hitting the side wall, then you could be getting too close to the ball. Focus on staying away from the ball and getting into the locked out position, whilst also paying attention to your contact point.
- Not generating enough power: It’s likely that you are not linking your movement to your shot, and not generating enough rotation at the beginning of your backswing.
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