Squash training tips for the 5.0 - B+ player by 5.5 level SquashClub.org members
For me to be competitive with
5.5 players I found I really had to be more consistent
and patient. Everyone gets to almost all balls in the
5.5s so you must hit quality shots and not expect them
to be winners like they were in the lower levels. So
for me, drilling more and playing less matches has
helped consistency and getting into an "automatic"
mindset as to what shots to hit in order to keep your
opponent under pressure.
You must also develop a good lob. This is essential for
getting out of pressure in the front court and giving
yourself time to get back to the T. As you get better
with holding, delaying and disguising your lob, it can
even turn into a weapon and not just a defensive shot.
Game strategy against a stronger opponent
My problem (at least with people who are just a little better, and not
better) is impatience. It's a hard balance though as I need to play
aggressively, yet not go for too much too early. The first game against
Imran, I played pretty much up and down the walls and cut off what I
and won the game handily. Imran is a skilled enough player to know how
change his game. He stepped up in the court and cut off more balls and
applied way more pressure with pace and deception then the first game.
only response was to lamely try to hit deeper.
In hind site, I really need to stick with my game plan of hitting good
and cutting off what I could. When Imran started applying more
responded by trying to match his pressure with short balls, that
that short, and long balls that weren't all that long. I really needed
just hit good length and wait for my opportunities and try to prevent
from getting his feet firmly planted beneath him. Simple, right?
Tips on Refereeing
As long as the referee is consistent, then players
should not question their calls. Whether it is game point or not is
irrelevant to the outcome of a decision. Players should respect the
referees call and understand that 'incorrect' calls work both ways. Of
course after the game , one can point out some mistakes to help the
referee to improve.
Referees and players are both under enough stress and arguing calls is
just unnecessary and distracts from the game.