Explaining The Different Types Of Squash Shots – Ultimate Guide

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Are you new to playing squash? It’s a game that requires mastering of different shots to be an expert. Squash shots are the combination of endurance and tricky movements from different angles. To win over a game, you must have a good arsenal of shot strategies. So apart from the gears, you must learn how to apply the different techniques properly.

But it may be noted that the techniques we are going to describe here for each shot, aren’t the only one. Another coach may follow other techniques! But we chose what proved best to us.

Different Types Of Squash Shots (Introduction and Technique)

1. Straight Drive

The straight drive is one of the basic shots used in the squash. It’s often known as the ‘Good Length Shot’ as it involves traveling a good length of the squash ball.

You can play this as either forehand straight drive or backhand straight drive. Usually, the backhand is weaker than the forehand of any player. That’s why most people try to feat this.

However, with straight drives, you have to hit the squash ball parallel and close to the sidewall. Then the ball must travel to the back of the squash court. See, how this involves traveling quite a good length!

How to play:

you have to hit the ball when it’s at the highest point so that you can get the ball early. Raise the squash racket and lock the wrist in position. Your chest must be parallel to the sidewall. Now extend your arm away from your chest before you bring the racket forward. Also, bend the front knee at 90 degrees. Finally, follow through the shot.

2. Crosscourt Drive

Crosscourt drives are also known as the ‘Opening up the Court’. It’s because this shot creates varieties of angles. This results in creating many openings on the court. This can be convenient to both you and your opponent. After your opponent hits a good kill or drop, a hard crosscourt can get you out of the trouble.

How to play:

The ball has to hit the front wall from the left side to the right side or vice versa. The technique is very similar to the drives. But you have to open up the shoulders more to the front wall Instead of staying square to the side wall. Follow through the swing toward the middle of the front wall.

3. Volley

If you want to be good at squash game, it’s important to learn this trick. The aim of this shot is to hit the ball before it can touch the court ground for even once. You can play a volley when you need to tire up your opponent or they played a weak crosscourt. It gives you the opportunity to finish the rally in various amazing ways.

How to play:

racket above the head and wrist locked. Turn your shoulders. You can play either straight volley or crosscourt volley.

Straight volley: 

The contact point of the ball and the racket head must be in line with your shoulders.

Crosscourt volley: 

the contact point should in front of your shoulders. Here, the natural swing motion of your arm will do the crosscourt.

4. Kill

Straight kills are very similar to straight drives. It’s effective when your opponent is playing from the back or struggling for getting down low. Also, to increase the temperature of the game suddenly so that your opponent has no time to react, play a kill.

How to play:

Raise the racket high above the ball so that you can hit it downward. Now Hit the ball hard and low it toward the front wall so that it only travels the half court.

5. Drop

Another common squash shot. This shot involves playing with backspin. You have to make the ball bounce twice before it reaches to your opponent. But this has some variations.

How to play:

Generally, you hit the ball at an angle from just above the tin so that it drops toward the sidewall. But if you’re at the T, you want to hit the ball off the front wall. Then the ball hits the nick with a quick roll out.

Again, if you are at the frontcourt, play a shot so that it bounces and hangs to the sidewall and then again bounces. Or, in case you’re at the backcourt, playing a drop shot will be risky. Rather, aim so that the ball hits the nick while bouncing the second time and rolls away.

6. Boast Shot

When the ball hits one of the sidewalls first followed by hitting the front wall, it’s a boast shot. Offensive/attacking and defensive boasts are the two basic types of boasts shots.

Attacking boast:

The first one is played when the opponent is behind you. For example, suppose, your opponent passes a shot around the T from the back corner. Playing an attacking boast will be a cool idea.

How to play:

Hit the ball off one of the sidewalls so that the ball hits the front wall in the middle. Then the ball should bounce twice before it hits the opposite sidewall. To catch the shot to return, your opponent has to run the full diagonal.

Defensive boast:​

you can play the defensive boast when you are behind your opponent. When a straight rail move isn't safe to play with the opponent in the corner, playing a defensive boast is safe. This shot can even be the winning call if you do it correctly.

How to play:

You need to send the ball to the opposite side corner of the squash court so that it hits the nick. To make this happen, you have to hit the ball off the side wall at 45-degree angle.

Various types of boast shot are equally popular in squash. For example, trickle boast, skid boast, back wall boast, squeeze boast etc.

7. Lob

You can play a lob when your opponent played an attacking boast shot to make you run diagonally. The objective of the shot is to hit the ball softly and high so that it falls to the backcourt. Thus, this involves creating a high arc from the point where you hit the ball. Aim so that the ball travels high and far enough to end up in the back corner.

How to play:

When the ball is dropping, get it with your racket face under the ball. How to do this depends on the shot the opponent just played. Lunge down toward the ball if your opponent just played a drop or kill. Flick the wrist while doing so. To throw a forehand volley lob, flick it upward. Or turn your forearm upward for a backhand lob.  The follow-through should be upwards, Say towards the ceiling of the court.

8. Philadelphia

It’s a tricky one! The ball is diagonally hit upward so that it hits the front wall followed by hitting the sidewall. Then it lobs over the squash court spinning and hits the sidewall at the back opposite. Finally, the ball travels parallel to the back wall. It becomes very difficult for the opponent to return the shot.

Final Verdict

You won’t get the squash shots techniques completely until you practically try them. And who doesn’t know practice makes a man perfect!

I hope you’ll enjoy the game.

James Verner

James Verner

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