More on court strategy
AT D/C level, the healthiest mind set for any player is
the strategy simple. We are no John Power or Peter Nicol with exquisite
strategies for deployment against different players. At this level,
Let's start here with the first thing to learn for C players, regarding
strategy. You ARE NOT going to win the game by hitting winner after
You are going to better win the game, by giving and taking more than
opponent. When you come up against a very fit B player, he will torture
into submission, by prolonging the rallies as long as possible, and
your around the court until you are doubled over and cannot breath
When you play against someone from now on,
FORBID YOURSELF from hitting the ball hard. Get the racket prepared and
early, concentrate on stroking through the ball, and try to hit the
little higher of the front wall for drives.
If you played against me for example, you would be out of breath and
frustrated very quickly. Try to think of squash as a game of attitudes.
you are focussing on now is the element fire, whereas you should be
focussing on water. Be like the nature of water, and FEEL the game
Rule 1 for strategy at C/D level:-
Put the ball where your opponent isn't.
Rule 2 for strategy at C/D level:-
Attack in sets of 5-10 shots, and then go back to a the solid basics of
drives, keeping your opponent behind you.
Simple enough ? Good !!! Just focus on these 2 for now, that is enough.
Here is a story about a recent C player who I played against
more advanced and somewhat more cruel.
He runs at least 10 miles per 2 days, plays squash about 10 hours a
and is very powerful. He covers the court well, however not always good
getting back to the T. He likes to kill as much as possible, and is not
renowned for his patient build-ups.
Game 1. Keep the rallies long, and keep him stretched. Make him run
diagonally as much as possible. It doesn't matter if I lose the first
as long as I
a. Move him around as much as possible.
b. Sap as much energy out of him as I can.
c. Play lobs as much as I can to vary the pace, and to counter his
Game 1 result. 15-13 for me AND.... He was breathing heavy,
had a look on his face that he wasn't enjoying himself. But he was very
Game 2 strategy. Completely different. Drop whenever I can, and keep
the front of the court. Any loose drops he does, hit hard low kills to
back corners. It doesn't matter if I lose this game either as long as I
a. Surprise the first 3 points out of him, so I take the lead.
b. Make him think another drop is coming, and then hit a drive.
c. Make him change direction
d. Last but not least, have him arguing over at least 1 point.
Game 2 result. 15-9 for me. And my opponent had lost his temper not
but twice. His legs had given way at least once, he was breathing hard
could hear him), he was frustrated by being caught off guard.
Game 3 strategy. Prolong his misery as long as possible. If I lose this
game, then it doesn't matter as long as I
a. Make him work his heart out for each point.
b. Keep him buried in the corners behind me.
c. Drop high off the front wall, inviting him to run for it.
Game 3 result. 15-5 for me. He had run out of gas, was mentally
and looked like he was almost about to cry until I said I would buy him
beer at the bar. The first 2 points he contested ferociously. Then
went 10-4 up, I gave him a point to rub salt on the wound, he was
breaking his racket on the floor out of frustration. Then I dropped the
5 points to victory
When you have mastered hitting a good drop and lob, try this for
fun against an aggressive player.
Game 1. Hit as many lobs as you can
Game 2. Hit as many drop kills as you can.
Game 3. Drive the ball at him early in the game, and then stick to a
Game 4. (if this is necessary). Keep him moving all the time, by taking
ball early, and keep him behind you.
Game 5. (if this is necessary). hit the ball hard and low where he
If you get the opponent losing his temper, arguing about points, then
strategy is working. If he hits his racket on the floor out of temper,
torture him some more, until the look on his face says defeat. Then you
run away with it.
*****NOTE ... The most important thing for any beginner to C player is
having developed the array of basic shots so you are able to develop
strategies based on solid foundations. *****
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General squash tips for C level players