The Backhand Trap: Top 5 Squash Shots
Club players who want to win more games against their friends or other players at their level in the local squash club should focus first on developing their backhands.
Why? Because the average club player has a weak backhand. So in a match featuring two players of approximately equal fitness and skill, the player with the better backhand will win the majority of the games.
If you are a right-handed player facing off against another right-hand player or if you are a lefty facing another lefty, here are the five most important shots for you to work on.
1. Lob serve to the backhand side
Most club level players are able to return flat, low power-serves to their backhands. This is because they face this serve more than any other. Change things up and serve them an accurate lob that falls deep in the back corner and their serve return will instantly fall apart.
2. Backhand serve return
This is the most important shot in squash at any level. It is also the most difficult to master. Never stop working on this shot; never stop perfecting it. Return balls deep to the backhand corner with consistency and you will win — consistently.
3. Backhand volley
As your backhand lobs and serve returns become more accurate, your opponent will float more shots out over middle of the court. Each of these is a rally-ending opportunity for you. Be prepared to take advantage of these opportunities with a good backhand volley.
4. Backhand drop shot
Use your lob serve or your deep serve return to force your opponent into the backhand corner. When he hits a weak shot short, drop the ball into the front backhand corner. Make him run the length of the court to get it.
5. Forehand cross court
Your goal is to dominate the other guy by keeping everything to his backhand. Therefore is essential to have an excellent forehand crosscourt shot. Use it to force the play back to his backhand whenever he tries to escape from your trap.
If your goal is to win more games against other guys at your level, you probably don’t need to sign up for a full set of lessons. All you really need to do is watch for Racquet Network clinics that will help your backhand. Improve this one stroke and you will win more games than you lose.
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