3 scenarios to deal with and prepare for: best, worst and interesting
Best Case Scenario: When you start on the T, the best place to volley that ball is right in front of the service box
Worst Case Scenario: Having to go the back corners and having to play the ball coming back of the back wall
Anything in between: Interesting scenarios – as you will try to cut off the ball before it gets to the back wall!
Don’t just focus on best or worst case scenario –
Look out for the interesting scenarios too!
As the rally continues and every shot is being played, you need to think quickly and judge when and how you will anticipate to play the ball. 4 standard options that should be automatically in your squash brain are:
Option 1: Look to volley as early as possible in front of the service box
Option 2: If not option 1 then try to volley in the service box
Option 3: If not options 1 or 2 then try to hit the ball after the service box, perhaps off your back leg
Option 4: If options 1, 2 or 3 are not possible, then move along the yellow line keeping your shoulders facing the side wall and return the ball off the back wall.
Returning the ball off the back wall?
Follow the line of the service box as a reference point.
We like to use the inside line of the service box as a reference point to run along keeping your shoulders as parallel to the wall as possible to help the right hitting position in the back corners. Doing so you will keep a good sight on the front wall and you will be in a strong position to play a strong straight shot as a reply without having to turn your shoulders too much while you are swinging.
Start applying it now in training – don’t wait for the matches!
So start practicing this in your everyday training, because you want to train the way that you desire to play. Don’t forget this requires you to not only get back to the T each time, but to move first forward looking for the volley, rather than automatically moving backwards before your opponent has even struck the ball. This approach will improve your movement and movement endurance.
Get ready to think and act quickly and correctly in the ‘channel’ ! Always first consider the volley – if that doesn’t work, try to play it before the back wall, and if you do have to go the back wall, do so along the yellow reference line.
Good luck and enjoy the hard work!
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