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When playing a court sport like squash your shots not only control the speed of the game but are also the way you are able to outwit and beat your opponent.
But there are many different shot options available for a player to choose from.
Knowing which shot is best to use as you play requires an extensive knowledge of the best shots to perform, the skill needed to perform the shots, and the ability to strategies in short amounts of time.
The best squash shots to play squash with are drive shots, boost shots, cross court shots, drop shots, volleys, lob shots, and kill shots.
These seven shots are all used at different times.
Understanding when to use these shots and just how to create them will allow you to better play the game of squash and improve your knowledge of the sport.
Skill levels of players
Before discussing the shots individually, it is important to note that though these shots are the best to use in squash, a player is not yet ready to execute them.
Especially for beginning players, specific shots can be difficult to manage. Many require precise placement and accurate movements of the squash racquet in order to complete them.
Practicing these shots during your regular training can help you better perfect them.
You will build up your skills in performing the shots and allow you to perfect them during a round of squash.
Factors of your shots
Other factors of your shot besides your skill level include if you want to spin on your shots, how much speed you are able to produce, the height you can complete your shot with, the distances you need to cover on the court, and what angle you are able to complete.
Each of these factors will change depending on which shot you are trying to perform.
Many shots also have different ways of completing them.
These diverse methods can be just as effective as the basic shots but will require slightly adjusted factors in order to complete.
Forehand and backhand
Many shots will allow for both a forehand and backhand option. This means you will be able to complete the shots in different directions depending on where you are on the court.
A forehand shot will be made when a player swings their squash racquet across their body with the hand their racquet is in palm first.
This strike format begins on one side of the body and crosses to the opposite side as it makes contact with the squash ball.
This is one of the easiest shots to manage as it is a natural stroke option.
These shots also allow for spin to occur with your shot which can help you outwit your opponent.
The backhand shot is the opposite of the forehand swing. The racquet is swung with the back of a player’s hand coming before the palm.
These are performed at the squash baseline or as what is called an approach shot.
Like the forehand shot, this shot cuts across your body, but from your non-dominant hand side to the dominant side with the racquet over the shoulder.
When hitting the shot the racquet should be above your head and your body should also be parallel to the direction you are hitting towards.
The shot is often completed with either a single hand or both hands to provide more stability and power. It is a more difficult shot to complete either way.
Straight drive shot
The straight drive shot is a very basic shot performed in squash. The squash ball is hit at a parallel direction and is often close to the side walls of the court.
The shot will land in the back of the squash court as it gets good length and distance.
A straight drive shot is used to keep a squash rally going between the two court sides.
Using this shot against your opponent can be beneficial whenever your opponent has a weak backhand or forehand.
It can also be used against those players who often need angles to perform trickier shots, as the straight shot limits angles.
Cross court shot
A cross court shot is a shot that travels from one side of the court to the other, from left to right or right to left. This shot can be completed as either a backhand or forehand shot.
This is a create way to force your opponent to the back corner of the courts as the force of the shot extends off the back reach of the course and with its strength flies past the opponent. This can tire out your opponent as they are forced to cover a wide range of the court in order to recover the shot.
The shot is completed in a similar way as the straight shot with your shoulders turned at the side wall, rather than being parallel to the wall, rather being opened to the front wall.
A drop shot is a softer shot that is aimed to fall at the front corner of the floor. This can be completed as either a forehand or backhand styled shot.
The shot forces the players to go forward and then backwards in order to recover the shot. They are a great attacking shot that can help you score points.
To perform the drop shot you will need to have your racquet above your head with your wrist locked. This is a full motion type swing rather than a flick of the wrist swing.
Using your fingers to generate the power of the shot, you will drop the racquet’s head and efficiently push the ball forward.
Make sure you follow through towards the corner you are intending to hit with your shot. This is so important as the shot is not a full shot so follow through will affect the ball’s trajectory.
There are several different styles of this shot, changed by the location of where the shot is landing. This includes the backspin, topspin, crosscourt, fading, and back court drop shot.
Forward and reverse boast shot
A boast shot is a create shot for players needing to create angles on the squash court. This shot is hit off the side wall and then the front wall.
This causes your squash opponent to move forward quickly which will limit their ability to perform their own specialized shot and wear through their energy quicker.
Using this shot can also benefit you whenever you must make a back court shot from one of the corners.
The shots by your opponent, whether using a straight drive or crosscourt drive, can leave you stuck in the back corner and make it difficult for you to return the ball.
Performing a boast shot is a great way to fix this problem and get you back to the proper location on the court in order to perform better.
When hitting this shot you should rotate your shoulders to allow the racquet and your arm to follow through towards the side wall.
Your shoulders can also be facing the front wall of the squash court whenever you use your wrist to angle the racquet to face the side wall.
There is also a reverse version of this shot that is much more challenging and more wrist action.
Straight and crosscourt volley
The volley is also a commonly used shot in squash. This is completed when a ball does not touch the court’s surface.
This allows for a change in the pace of a squash match and allows you to finish a rally with a wide variety of other shots.
Quickening the pace of a squash match helps to throw your opponent into a rhythm, tiring them slowly, and allowing you to finish your shots and win the point.
The squash racquet should be higher than when you hold the racquet for a drive shot and your shoulders should be turned. Locking your wrists, snap with a forehand motion.
Follow through with your shot, aiming towards whichever direction you are pushing the volley towards, whether it’s straight or crosscourt.
A lob shot is a softer hit shot that goes high on the squash court wall.
The curve of the shot reaches the back corner of the court and, if executed properly, will be higher than the racquet height of your opponent.
This shot can be used to buy you enough time to get back into position after your opponent has hit you with a drop or kill shot.
With your wrist locked, use your forearm muscle and plant your foot.
Once the ball is dropping towards the face of the racquet, flick your wrist in a forehand lob. This does not require a great deal of power to complete.
The kill shot is made to be a hard and low shot aimed for the front wall of the squash court.
This shot is not intended to travel very far along the court’s distance as it is designed to be low and difficult to recover as it falls near the front corners of the court.
If your opponent sends you a weak shot, you can execute the kill shot and earn an easy point.
Best squash shots to play
There are many different shots a player can use when playing squash.
These different shots may seem similar to those sitting in the stands watching the game unfold, but a player knows each of these shots offer different advantages to them that allow the player to best their opponent.
These shots are all different in nature and require different movements and positions in order to complete.
The shots also require different skill levels to complete.
While some are able to be completed by beginning players, many will require players to practice completing the shot in order to manage the proper form and accurate placement of the shots.
Many of these shots also allow for different styles to be added to them.
This can range from how you execute them to changing the intended location where the shots are supposed to make contact with the court floor.
The majority of these different styles to individual shots are simply having the shots be completed by either a forehand or backhand.
This changes the execution of the shot as players are often facing forwards or backwards between the two styles.
The best shots to begin to use in order to understand squash include the drive shot, cross court shot, drop shot, the boast shot, the volley, the lob shot, and the kill shot.
The purpose of all of these shots is to beat your opponent by making it difficult for them to retrieve the shot and wearing them down as they must cover larger areas of the court surface.
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