Richard King - squash coach
The technique of the squash swing is very simple...
Step 1: Stand with legs and shoulders parallel with your
feet shoulder width apart. Do not use your racket.
Step 2: Relax your arm and swing it parallel to your
feet and shoulders.
Step 3: On your backhand, your hand should come to rest
on your shoulder. On your forehand, your arm should bend upwards.
Step 4: Get used to the swing as the forehand is simply
the reverse of the backhand. Repeat 10,000 times to get into
Step 5: Pick up racket and do exactly the same as steps
1-4. Keep your wrist still.
swing is very long and will not place any strain on forearms
or shoulders and so injury should be avoided. Any forearm or
shoulder strains have probably resulted from poor technique.
I show the sequence of the correct swing, the absence of racket
is simply help focus on the key elements of what's going on.
The pictures work for both forehand (L to R) and back hand (R
to L) as it is essentially the same stroke. The key to easy
swing is the wrist. Note how in each part of the swing the wrist
is in the same position.
benefits of the below stroke are three fold -
chance of arm strains or cumulative injury in the arm.
wrist stays in the same position through the shot, so consistency
is greatly increased.
power in the shot. The longer swing accelerating through
will generate a crisper, more powerful shot.
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