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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF SQUASH

By Cicelia Prudent, Coach at Presentation college and former Trinidad #1

1. HIT THE BALL TO A GOOD LENGTH

  • HIT BALL FIRMLY AT SERVICE LINE TO HIT FLOOR NEAR BACK OF SERVICE BOX

2. AIM TO THE BACK CORNER

  • THATíS THE ONLY WAY TO MAINTAIN THE T AREA.

3. KEEP THE BALL CLOSE TO THE SIDE WALL

  • THE BETTER SHOT IS A STRAIGHT SHOT.
  • IF YOUR SHOT CLINGS TO THE SIDE WALL, YOUR OPPONENT HAS TO PLAY STRAIGHT SO YOU CAN ANTICIPATE MORE EASILY.

4. RECOVER TO THE T

  • FROM THE T YOU CAN REACH 60% OF YOUR OPPONENTS SHOTS IN ONE STRIDE.
  • IF YOU ARE ON THE T YOU ARE CONTROLLING THE RALLY.

5. WATCH THE BALL AT ALL TIMES

  • WATCH BALL UNTO YOUR RACKET.
  • WATCH BALL UNTO OPPONENTíS RACKET.
  • WATCH BALL WHEN IT GOES BEHIND YOU.

6 MAKE YOUR OPPONENT RUN.

  • BE AWARE OF YOUR OPPONENTíS POSITION ON COURT
  • PLAY THE BALL AWAY FROM IT.
  • MOVE OPPONENT UP AND DOWN THE WALLS.

7. VOLLEY WHENEVER POSSIBLE

  • GIVE OPPONENT LESS TIME TO RECOVER
  • KEEP OPPONENT AT FULL STRETCH
  • VOLLEY TO A GOOD LENGTH UNTIL THE OPORTUNITY TO VOLLEY SHORT
  • DO NOT GO FOR A WINNING SHOT EVERY TIME THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOLLEY.

8. KNOW WHEN TO DELAY SHOTS

  • THAT WILL WRONG FOOT OPPONENT
  • MAKE HIM WAIT FOR YOU TO PLAY AND THEN MAKE HIM RUN THE LONGEST DISTANCE
  • STOPS AND STARTS CAUSES FATIGUE

9. GO FOR THE SHORT SHOTS

  • GOOD LENGTH GAME AND GOOD SHORT GAME WINS MATCHES
  • DONíT PLAY SHORT UNTIL YOU FIRST PLAY LENGTH

10. CHANGE THE PACE OF THE BALL

  • KEEPS THE OPPONENT GUESSING
  • BREAKS UP OPPONENTíS GAME
  • HELPS YOU RECOVER WHEN TIRED

ASPECTS OF MATCH PLAY:-

  • AIM FOR GOOD LENGTH
  • PLAY SOME DROP SHOTS
  • VARY THE PACE OF THE BALL
  • STUDY OPPONENTíS STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

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