When you first begin any sport, you may feel out of your depth and unsure. Thankfully the more we do something, the better we get. However, sometimes the progress we do make is slower than we would like, so we search for valuable tips to help us get better quicker. Squash is no exception. It is a fast-paced game and sometimes even after months of play you can feel below par compared to your opponents. Here are five tips to improve your squash game.
Become a Game Voyeur
If you have ever watched sport on the television, you will notice how easy a professional makes it look. The same is true of any sport, so start watching how other players stage their game. You will notice that some players are excellent and you can mimic elements of their play for your own game. You will also see some bad habits and skills, which give you a chance to learn what not to do.
Keep Your Eye on the Ball
New squash players all tend to make one big mistake; they fixate on the back wall. The key to improving your game is to learn to watch the ball. Now, this might sound obvious, but it is a pretty hard skill to master. The ball moves incredibly quickly, and you will need to learn to track moving objects. Another good tip is to make sure you are moving just your head and neck to watch rather than your whole body as you don’t want to risk moving out of the best play zone.
Be Prepared to Practice
A crucial part of improving at any game is to practice. While this might sound trite, you should never underestimate the importance of regular practice. The more you hold the racket, hit the ball, move across the court, the more natural it all becomes. This means you are not having to concentrate on the basics and can shift your attention to honing your skills.
Use the Whole Space
Remember that there are far corners as well as near shots. By playing out to the corners, you can make your opponent work harder which gives you space to mentally regroup and potentially tires them quicker. When you play a shot tight to the wall, you are ‘railing’. This move means that your opponent is less likely to have the space to play an angled shot. Giving them fewer options and you the upper hand.
Work on Your Backhand
Most people favour a forehand serve over an backhand one. However, there are merits to being able to be an accomplished server of both. A backhand serve means you are better placed to see your opponent and reach the T quicker. It also changes the angle off of the front wall which adds to a variety of shot techniques.
Mix It Up
You will find that some players, although good, are predictable. They favour certain shots and speeds of play. By being able to adapt your game so that you can vary your shots you will be a less predictable opponent and make others work harder.