To start being able to hit the ball off the back wall, it’s assumed you are already spending time on the squash court with solo-practice.
And here’s what not to do…
It’s what most beginner players do…
Because beginners can’t get behind the ball to still strike the ball with purpose, they try to flick the ball, floating the ball to the front wall… or to the ground just before the front wall!
There are two problems with this:
- It’s a weak shot because it gives your opponent plenty of space & time; and
- It doesn’t lead your game anywhere.
If you continue to fudge the shot with a crappy flick, there is no progression toward playing a more attacking shot off the back wall!
However, if you approach hitting the ball off the back wall in a certain way, you can improve your game and have more fun.
From Little Things Big Things Grow
It’s important to give up trying to hit an attacking shot straight to the front wall.
Instead, aim to drive the ball into the side wall, as if you were trying to hit the ball in the far front corner of an imaginary court next to you. That is, hit a boast.
You won’t need to get behind the ball as much or have to articulate your wrist to help generate power, like you might if you were trying to drive the ball straight onto the front wall.
But you still have to bend your knees and hinge at the hip.
At first, you will just hit it one time. Celebrate!
With a little more practice you will feel more and more confident.
You won’t feel as cramped playing the shot.
Then, without noticing, you will eventually just feel like you can maintain your stroke and be able to hit it straight to the front wall, with purpose and (a little!) power.
Follow The Natural Progression
For it to happen naturally, you have to be patient and persistence.
You have to resist the urge to hit a weak, ‘flicky’ shot.
What it really boils down to is focusing on a process-oriented mindset rather than a results-oriented mindset.
Have fun & play your own game!
Mick enjoys showing squash players simple, effective exercises to feel stronger, faster and more durable on court to help them play better & win more matches.
He was ranked #2 in Australian juniors and has spent over 20 years training in various martial arts so his background provides a fresh, unique perspective.
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