I 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.

anthony ricketts and Lee beachill

Drill #1
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.

Drill #2
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 serve.)
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.

Drill #3
A condition game with American scoring to 8. This game is really useful when 2 players of very different standards are playing.
The same person serves all the time.
The better player must hit every shot above the service line.

Drill #4
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.

Drill #5
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.

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