Popular in English schools of the nobility during the nineteenth century.
.Introduction & History of Squash
Squash also known as Squash Racquets may have originated in ancient Greece. Version of squash was played in the prisons of England during the late 18th century.
Racquet face size Ball size Court dimension restrictions
.Factors Contributing to Squash Difficulty
Racquet length Distance between and and racquet face.
and grips and tensions. balances and materials.
. Racquets come in different weights. Cost is from 20 to 30 dollars and up.Squash Racquet
Racquets (about 8 ounces) are in a variety of shapes. Metal head racquets are not permitted because of potential wall damage.
Strings come in a variety of materials.Squash Racquet Handle
Racquet handles vary in circumference and shape.
. Handles are covered with leather synthetic or towel grips.
blue. The yellow dot ball is the slowest speed. green. The ball can come in four different types of varying speeds .
The size and properties of the squash ball make it less lively than racquetball.black. yellow dot. Non marking squash balls should be purchased.
. High follow-through on strokes avoids potential for contact. Eye goggles & mouth guards recommended.Squash Safety
Racquet length increases risk for trauma Stress racquet control Lets like hinders in racquetball and handball are called to avoid injury. Racquet should not move over 180 degrees.
One serve rule in effect.Squash Serve
One foot must remain in service box during serve. Service is from either box and alternates from box to box. Ball is tossed up and not bounced. Serve must land in opposite back quarter on first bounce. On serve ball cannot touch walls or floor prior to hitting front wall Ball must contact wall above cut line Ball can hit any wall after front wall
the first to 9 chooses to set the games at 2 points or "noset". Return may be volleyed and returned before bounce (Shovel or carry is illegal). other than the continuous boundary line and tell-tale are ignored after a legal serve. If an 8 . All lines. Points can only be made on serve. Match is the best of three or five games. Spin of the racquet determines serve.8 tie.Squash Scoring
Game is 9 points.
If the ball hits an opponent after hitting the side wall and is going to the front it is a let.
. Unnecessary physical contact is discouraged. Rally ends if ball touches either player. However a ball hits your opponent on way to front wall it is your point or serve.Squash Let Shots
A let is an undecided stroke and is reserved.
Squash Service Faults
Foot fault No/double strike Ball 1st hits floor/side Served below cut-line Served on tell-tale Hits server on return Lands before short line Lands in same half court However if the ball is played the fault is ignored.
vary speed and place the shots.Squash Strategy
Watch the ball! Watch opponent! On serve foot-foe-wall-ball-T Footwork is used to cut down the angles.
. Play short at the front of the court. Squash is not all a power game. Keep the ball low and close to the side walls (tight shot) This can be costly on racquets.
Dominate the T Be in the ready position Think of the court having a stripe in the middle to take your shots from. Try to delay shots. Pace ball differently. with different force.
. Hedge to the ball and good position.Squash T Strategy
The "T" is a good spot to attempt to gain control of the court. Note server to see ball location.
The "V" position on the inside edge of grip opens the racquet face slightly and aids in control.Squash Grip
Similar to all racquet sports Racquet face perpendicular to the floor. Trigger finger spread give good control
. "V" shake hands grip is popular. One difference between the squash and badminton grip is there is about * 1/2 inch at the butt of the handle.
Common Squash Strokes
Serve Forehand Backhand Drive Volley Lob Drop Cross Court Boast
backswing racquet with cocked wrist (Keep cocked) hold ball ahead of body Toss ball up ahead of left foot aim for a target high on front wall loft ball to back court lob off centre near out-of-court-line follow through high in serve direction
Lob serve The lob serve is preferred because it requires little energy.
sideways stance to side wall quick backswing step forward with lead foot contact ball at shoulder height punch through ball follow through
.Hard Squash Serve
ball is served hard onto front wall just above the cut line to go directly at opponent or to side wall nick (corner) racquet is held high in ready position toss ahead of body step forward contact ball at shoulder height Squash Volley Stroke hit ball before bounce to go deep into backcourt.
Squash Drive Shot
A drive shot is one that is hit straight to the front wall near side wall to land in back court. face sidewall with shoulders high finish
. Drive is the most common squash stroke.
Squash Forehand Drive
racquet head back over right shoulder cocked wrist bent elbow step forward and face side wall as ball approaches shift weight from back right to front left foot drop elbow down and away from body as stroke is made strike ball at left knee level follow through in direction maintain cocked wrist
Squash is fundamentally a sideways game since the stroke position is sideways stance. Wrist remains cocked like in tennis.
. A squash stroke unlike racquetball and badminton does not require a good deal of wrist action.Squash Strokes Actions
The swing of a squash stroke is more vertical than horizontal (tennis) with the racquet staying closer to the body.
swing racquet head in a flat arc strike ball ahead of right knee follow through so that racquet head points to front wall
.Squash Backhand Drive
step toward side wall with weight shifting front left to right foot.
Squash Lob Shot
like lob serve not a power shot low racquet position low body position contact ball ahead of front foot high follow through
Squash Drop Shot
attacking shot moves opponent forward played short to front corners of court lower follow through than drive position feet so that the line drawn between toes is in the direction of shot watch ball hit ball opposite front foot hit through ball with a slower swing guide ball to corner & follow through
angle boast from forecourt offensive boast from mid court defensive boast from back court
.Squash Boast Shot
Boast is a defensive shot from the back corners when ball is too close to back wall. Play a boast by hitting ball upward into side wall at a 45 degree angle.