recently had the pleasure of watching an exhibition evening
with 2 of todays great squash players - Lee Beachill and
Anthony Ricketts. The event was compered by Malcolm Willstropp
and the sequence of exercises and training/condition games
listed below would prove to be useful to club players at
all levels to help improve their game and also even up games
between 2 players of different standards.
Player A at the back can drop or drive the ball.
Player B at the front stands 1 ft in front of the T and
drives the ball to length low and hard.
Keypoints for Player B:
- Body and head should be still and balanced.
- Racket head should be above the level of the wrist.
This is a great condition game with American scoring
to 8 that eliminates crosscourts and disciplines straight
driving, dropping and lobbing.
Player A serves every time (The point cannot be won on the
Player B (receiving service) can return serve anywhere on
court. (Straight drive/Crosscourt drive/boast etc)
The point is then played out to conclusion along the side
selected by Player B's return of service.
The boundary is outlined by the edge of the service box
(ie along the corridor to the front wall).
Once the game is complete player A and B swap roles with
B serving and A receiving.
A condition game with American scoring to 8. This game is
really useful when 2 players of very different standards
The same person serves all the time.
The better player must hit every shot above the service
Condition game with American scoring to 8. Similar to drill
#3 this game is useful when 2 players of very different
standards are playing.
The same person serves all the time. The better player must
hit everything short, and the ball must bounce in front
of the service line. The other player can hit anything.
This was an incredible game to watch with the 2 professional
squash players exhibiting unbelievable speed, reactions
and natural talent. This was, for most, the highlight of
the exhibition and clearly showed the gallery of competent
club squash players just how talented the pair in front
of them were.
American Scoring to 8.
Both players stand in front of the service line. Same person
always serves each time.
The serve is a boast. (You can not win on serve.)
After serve the ball is hit hard or drop crosscourt.
Every shot must bounce in front of service line and must
also be below shoulder level.