Training basic squash footwork helps you in a couple of ways:
- To move around the court efficiently to prepare for a shot; and
- To develop the balance and control as you play a shot.
The key point in developing consistently effective squash footwork is getting back to the center after each shot, just like in a match but without the pressure of having to ‘win’.
So for every shot you must be consciously aware of getting into the correct position to strike the ball, starting from the first step you make off the “T”.
Fast Squash Footwork Ignition
For someone just starting out, or someone who wants to make their squash footwork & movement around the court even more precise, it is worth your time taking the regular 6-point star-sprint back a notch and practicing one-step star-sprints…
If you persist with this simple exercise, the motion of correct squash footwork will become sub-conscious so when you do play a match you won’t have to think about which foot goes where…
…fast squash footwork will come out automatically and
you can concentrate on the match itself.
Grab Your Partner By The Hand
You don’t really have to grab them by the hand 🙂
But having a partner for star-sprints can mix it up.
Standing at the front of the court, they can point to one of the 6 points or shout a number to a designated spot you must run to next from the “T”.
This creates a bit of uncertainty.
And it’s important that each time you come back to the “T” you stop for a moment as if watching your opponent play their shot and you split-step right at the moment when they’d be hitting the ball…
By momentarily having your weight ‘up in the air’, you are not committed to going in one direction over another. So when your training partner says the next number you can move straight away.
Baby-Steps To Better Squash Footwork
However, just like Bill Murray’s character in the film What About Bob? it’s important to take baby-steps to building your squash footwork.
Later, you can move to the long form squash ghosting drills.
Incorporating these basic squash movement skills into a specific squash fitness training program regime makes it more fun too.
Have fun & play your own game!