Float like a butterfly, Sting Like A Bee
There is a lot of common ground between boxing and squash. I have played some tough matches and felt as if I had been in a fight the day after – you too probably!
“Hit and move” is an often heard phrase in boxing and we would do well to heed it in squash to.
I have previously covered moving back to the T faster than moving to the ball and in this article I want to look at that in a little more detail in the back of the court.
Essentially, your swing should provide the movement momentum to start the move back to the T. At the moment of impact you should be moving towards the ball ever so slightly as this means that your body weight is being used to maximum effect.
Then, you follow through with your swing – not too wildly though!, and smoothly make you way back to the T.
At club level you often see players hit a crosscourt from the back and then watch the ball without moving, then after a half-second begin to move. It’s easier to do this for crosscourt shots as the ball is not coming back to your position.
If you don’t move when you you hit a straight drive you would be in the way and that’s often why lower levels of squash players hit more crosscourts.
“Hit and move”, “Hit and move”, “Hit and move” should be a mantra you instill in yourself.
With practice, you will have more options when you get to the ball as you would have had more time to get to the ball in the first place.