There is a common mistake made with how to grip a squash racquet.
It often comes about from a beginner player being told to ‘shake hands’ with the racquet.
The standard description goes something like make a ‘V’ with your thumb and forefinger so that the bottom of the “V” is in line with the side of the racquet…
Then the description is to keep your wrist cocked, which is often mistaken as needing to keep it locked – a firm grip of the squash racquet becomes tense.
The Idea Of Elasticity With How To Hold A Squash Racquet
You want a cocked wrist with your squash grip, yes.
But you don’t want it locked.
To be able to generate power from difficult positions (like hitting off the back wall) and to utilize deception to put doubt into the mind of your opponent, there must be mobility – or flexibility – in the wrist.
Your wrist must be firm, but not rigid…
Relaxed, but not sloppy…
Think of elasticity while keeping a cocked wrist and you will soon understand how to grip a squash racquet correctly.
The Effect Of No Elasticity
Junior players often have a tight squash grip.
Kids don’t have the same physical strength as adults so they often develop bad habits in an attempt at keeping control over the racquet.
This ignites bad habits which disqualify any chance for the appropriate articulation of the wrist.
Take a junior girl, for example, who tries to hit a backhand from out of the back corner (off the back wall or not). Often a boast is the only shot available to play for them.
And this can be a good start.
But if they are getting told to ‘keep the wrist cocked’ then there is a gap in their idea of what’s possible and the space for progression with how to grip a squash racquet with freedom.
Is Squash Grip Power A Case Of Strength?
For juniors, especially, it can be.
So what’s important is to keep in mind that strength will come.
But if any player closes their mind by trying to keep their wrist in a static position at all costs, then the process of developing the ability to articulate the wrist gets taken away.
You should be able to play any number of shots from the one position by knowing how to grip a squash racquet – even in an awkward position on court.
Keeping Your Options Open On The Squash Court
To be able to keep your opponent guessing about where the ball is going, again, think of your squash grip as firm, but not rigid, relaxed, but not sloppy – elasticity while keeping a cocked wrist.
Then it becomes easier to strike through the ball to follow through with purpose, directing the ball to where you want it to go.
Coupled with increased squash fitness, you will start to win more matches.
Have fun & play your own game!
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