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2 person drill for advanced players

Description:
Player B boasts, Player A drops, Player B runs quickly forward to get the drop shot and hits a straight drive. Now A runs to back court to retrieve the straight drive. Player A continues the drill with a boast and the drill repeats. Play game to 15 points. Also try this variation: Player A boasts, B drops, A drops, B drives, repeat.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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The Player in the back court can only boast. The player in front court can either drive or drop. The frontcourt player should use a short backswing, hold the shot, and flick the drives. If the player in the frontcourt hits a drop, the player who hit the boast must run forward to retrieve the drop and hit a straight drive. The player who just dropped then runs to the backcourt and hits a boast. Play continues with both players moving side to side and front to back. Play game to 15 points.

Solo drill for beginners

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In this drill you stand at the midline and hit volleys against the front wall. Focus your concentration on keeping your wrist cocked throughout your swing. Use the rotation of your elbow, and the swing of your arm to generate power.

2 person drill for beginners

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Player A hits drops from the back court. Player B hits straight drive from the front court. Ball must stay within 4 ft of the wall or point is lost. Play game to 15 points. Alternative: Player A may let the ball bounce twice before dropping to allow A enough time to get back to T before next shot You can stop your momentum in a lunge and pop back to the T.

2 person drill for advanced players

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Player A hits crosscourt to hit side at service line. Player B hits straight drive. Player A crosses over to other side and hits another crosscourt. (length is intentionally short on crosscourt to ensure that the ball makes it to the opposite sidewall before B gets there.) If the ball is too tight to hit a crosscourt, Player A can hit a straight drive. In this case, player B hits another straight drive and A tries to hit the next one for a crosscourt.

Solo drill for beginners

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Stand close to front wall. Hit hard straight volleys as fast as possible while maintaining control. Develops quick racket preparation, firm wrist, short swing, and skill at intercepting from front court (alt: try alternating forehand, backhand!)

2 person drill for beginners

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Players A and B exchange straight shots (volleys, drives, drops) of varying lengths and pace along the wall. If player hits the ball so that it comes more than 4 feet away from the wall, that player loses the point. Ball is put into play with a deep straight drive. Work on moving your opponent up and back. Use the straight lob when necessary to get out of trouble. Use the kill shot when you have an opening. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for beginners

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Player A can play only soft shots (lobs, drops, floating boasts, lob serves), Player B can play only hard shots (kill shots, hard drives, smash nicks, hard crosscourts, hard serves etc). Play game to 15 points. Who get's tired first? A or B?

2 person drill for intermediate players

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A hits high lob serve or hard serve. Player B attempts to return the ball crosscourt. B scores point if return hits sidewall beyond service box. Player A allows ball to hit wall and picks it up. A scores point if return fails to hit sidewall on the full. Play game to 15 points.

Solo drill for advanced players

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Hit straight overdrive, hit backwall boast crosscourt, move forward along the diagonal to retrieve and hit straight shots to yourself, while moving toward the back of the court, until you are at the back of the court. Repeat from opposite side.

3 person drill for intermediate players

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Two players play a game. Third player (who is a higher level player than the other two) refs the game. If a player fails to call a 'Let' when a let or stroke is due, the referee stops play immediately and awards a stroke to the player that CAUSED the infraction. This penalizes the player who failed to call the let. If a let is called, the referee makes the appropriate let call (let, no let, stroke). Alternately, players failing to call lets can be made to do pushups or situps.

Solo drill for beginners

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Stand at midcourt, feed soft straight rail to yourself then hit a straight drop shot. Hit another feed off of two or three bounces and repeat. Warm up ball with straight drives as necessary.

2 person drill for beginners

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Players A and B exchange volleys along the sidewall. Volleys must go past midline and inside service box line. If the ball comes more than 4 feet of the side wall, point is lost. If a player can not volley the ball, the point is lost. Play game to 15 points.

Solo drill for advanced players

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Hit 4 or 5 volleys to self along wall, then hit high deep crosscourt, run across to other side of court and return your own crosscourt with straight deep volley (or straight drive) and continue.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Play a normal game, except that player loses the point if the ball hits the floor and then the back wall. Forces players to volley or move quickly to prevent ball from getting to back wall. If the ball hits the backwall on the full, play on. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for advanced players

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Player B hits straight drops from back court. Player A can either hit straight drive or crosscourt drive from the front. Player A gets back to T after each shot. Play game to 15 points.

Solo drill for beginners

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Standing very close to front wall. Hit underneath side of ball softly. Stroke upwards. Aim for as close to the top line as possible. Repeat

2 person drill for advanced players

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This is a good drill when there is one advanced player and one not so advanced. Player B (the advanced player) hits all balls back to the T area. Player A stands on the T and hits balls into the corners for Player B to retrieve. Note that player B (advanced player) is intentionally hitting poor shots into the T area. Player B is working on his endurance and lunging. Player A is working on his offensive game. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Player A boasts. Player B hits straight drive. Player A retrieves drive with a boast from the other side of the court. Player B hits straight drive from the other side of the court. Repeat. Player A should concentrate on one type of boast at a time. Either the defensive boast (floated), nick boast, or attack boast. Player B concentrates on hitting good length. Both players make every attempt to get back to the T between strokes. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Use tape to make a 3 foot circle around the T. Player A must keep at least one foot within 3 foot radius of T at all times, and therefore must be quick to volley, and must stretch to retrieve balls (rather than moving to the corners). If Player A leaves the 3 foot radius of T, he loses point automatically. Player B plays a normal game, trying to put ball in the corners. Play game to 15 points. You'll be surprised just how many balls you can get by reaching for them, and volleying.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Player A can only hit only straight shots (along the wall). Player B can hit any shot. This works well if Player A is a better player than player B. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for advanced players

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Player B Boasts, Player A slams hard crosscourt off the boast aiming to either double bounce the ball before the sidewall or hit the nick on the side wall at midcourt. Alternately A hits a higher, softer crosscourt aiming for sidewall, floor, backwall. Both players attempt to get back to the T between strokes. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Player B in back court drives straight and then boasts. Player A in front court drops and then hits crosscourt. Play to achieve a rhythm. This is a good warmup drill for the Boast-Crosscourt drill.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Player B boasts; Player A either hits straight drive or crosscourt. Player A attempts to disguise his shot to keep B off balance. Player A uses a short backswing so as to better disguise his shots. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for advanced players

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Player A hits crosscourts from the front, Player B intercepts his crosscourt with a straight drive (usually on the volley), Player A runs quickly to the back court and boasts, B runs to front and hits crosscourt, thereby switching roles with A and play repeats. This is a difficult drill. Done correctly, this is a very punishing drill. When you first try this drill, the straight drive should be floated to give the player in the front court time to retrieve it. He may play the ball on two bounces if he does not get it in time. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Player A crosscourts from front court. Player B hits straight drop from back court. Player retrieves drop with a crosscourt to the opposite side. Player hits another straight drop (from other side). If drop is too tight for a crosscourt, then player hits loose drop to himself and then hits crosscourt. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for beginners

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Play normal game, except that all crosscourts must reach the opposite side wall on the full. The point is lost if they don't. Players must put extra effort into making sure their crosscourts are not intercepted. Players should err on the side of caution by hitting the crosscourt wider and less deep than they might normally hit it. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Player B boasts the ball. Player A hits crosscourt lob. If the ball is too tight on the boast to hit lob, Player A self feeds a loose drop shot, then lobs. Player A is working on getting great height on his lobs. Player B is working on getting out of tough situation in the back, and recovering to the T. Play game to 15 points.

3 person drill for intermediate players

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Player B boasts the ball. Player A hits either a crosscourt or straight lob. If the ball is too tight on the boast to hit lob, A third man, Player C, stands in front of the midline and attempts to volley player A's lob. If player C gets his racquet on the ball without stepping behind the midline, everyone rotates their position in the drill. The goal is to be the guy who is lobbing the ball (player A), and stay there for as long as possible. The idea is that the 3rd man represents the position of an opponent near the T. It helps remind the player lobbing the ball, that he must get the lob high over the middle of the court.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Player B hits straight drop from back court. Player A hits straight lob. Both players work on getting back to T between strokes. (alternate: A volley drops) Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for advanced players

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A lobs high crosscourt, B volleys straight from deep, A runs the diagonal to the backcourt to retrieve the drive with a boast, B retrieves boast with lob crosscourt, A volleys.... This is punishing, but it is slightly easier than its sister drill: crosscourt-deep drive-boast. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Play normal game. If the ball is played short, it must be lobbed. No other front court shot is allowed. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for advanced players

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Play a normal game, except that every ball must die (bounce twice) in one of the 4 corners. Balls may be volleyed if the player thinks it is going to land in a corner. If ball does not die in a corner, that is to say the ball comes into the middle of the court off a bounce, point is lost. The corner is defined to be as small as you want. Put tape on floor to define boundary. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Play a normal game, except that Player A can only hit lobs (straight or crosscourt), Player B can only hit short balls (drops, boasts, reverse angles etc). Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for beginners

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A serves the ball. B attempts to return the ball beyond the service box line. A attempts to cut off B's return. A scores point if he prevents B from hitting the serve deep. B scores point if serve is out, or he returns the ball past the service box. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for beginners

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Use a short swing when the sidewall comes into play. Accuracy not power is the trick on this shot. Keep a firm wrist. Move quickly into position to volley. Player A hits high lob serve or hard serve. Player B attempts to return the ball straight down the wall. Player B attempts to hit ball to good length if he takes it after wall. He hits a straight drop or dying length if he hits it before wall.

2 person drill for beginners

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B serves the ball. A attempts to return the ball beyond the service box line. B attempts to cut off A's return. A can also choose to win point outright with drop volley. B scores point if he prevents A from hitting the serve deep. A scores point if serve is out, or he returns the ball past the service box, or wins point outright with drop shot. Play game to 15 points.

Solo drill for beginners

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Hit volleys continuously along one wall as you gradually move up and down the wall. Use a firm wrist, short swing and fast racquet.

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Stand just in front of T. Volley the ball on your forehand crosscourt onto the front wall near where it meets the sidewall. Take the next shot backhand crosscourt, and repeat. Try to hit the ball so that it comes right back to you. Use quick hands, short backswing, wrist when needed. (alt: hit every other ball straight off frontwall, sidewall) When you can do this drill comfortably, you look like a pro.

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Stand just in front of T. Hit a soft forehand volley to your backhand side. Then hit soft backhand volley to your forehand side continuously. You need quick hands. How many consecutive can you do?

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Both players stand on mid line. One on either side of T. Volley the ball back and forth to each other. See how many in a row you can get. You are not trying to beat your partner, rather you are trying to make his shot as easy as possible.

2 person drill for advanced players

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A and B stand in back corners volleying crosscourt to each other trying to hit target on the wall. Each tries to get back to T between strokes. Play game to 15 points.

Solo drill for intermediate players

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From front court 1. Hit a loose forehand crosscourt frontwall, sidewall, 2. Hit a loose backhand crosscourt frontwall sidewall, 3. Hit a tight forehand straight drop and repeat. Do reverse to practice backhand straight drop. If you're hitting good drops, the ball will be rolling when it gets to you in the middle of the court. Just pick it up and start routine again.

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Stand just behind the T: 1. Feed loose backhand crosscourt frontwall - sidewall then 2. Hit crosscourt drop. Do reverse for backhand crosscourt drop. You may have to flick the ball up off the floor with racquet if you are hitting drops into the nick.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Player B feeds soft drives crosscourt to service box. Player A hits crosscourt drop nick. Use tape 12 inches above tin to establish target area. Play for rhythm.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Player B boasts, Player A drops and then Player A retrieves his own drop shot with a straight drive. Player B should get back to the T between boasts! Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Better player may only hit drop shots (either crosscourt or straight). They can be volleyed or not. Weaker player can hit anything. If better player hits any other shot than dropshot, he loses point. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Both players start in front of mid line. One player starts by hitting hard loose boast. All subsequent shots must bounce twice in front of mid line. Players exchange drops, trickle boasts, reverse angles, opposite corner drops. Players use deception and flicks to wrong foot their opponent. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Player A hits all shots to bounce twice in the frontcourt. Player B must hit all shots to bounce first in back court. The advantage in this drill is to Player A. Deception is key from the front court. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for advanced players

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Without telling your opponent, choose ONE winning shot combination. Either think one up, or choose one from the list below: 1. crosscourt lob - (forced boast) - drop nick. 2. tight straight drive - (loose drive) - volley atack boast 3. drop - (straight drive) - volley to dying length 4. good serve - (weak return) - volley drop Play a normal game. During the game try to set up this combination over and over again until your have won many points with it.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Player A hits forehand attack boast from just behind midline, Player B drives hard and low from front court. Player A moves quickly to opposite side of court and intercepts straight drive with backhand attack boast. Player in front works hard to get back to T between shots. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for advanced players

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Both players can only play the ball into one front corner and the opposite back corner. Any shot can be used as long as the ball ends up in one or the other of the two corners. Play to 15 points. Switch corners and repeat.

2 person drill for beginners

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This is the most basic drill in squash. Yet it is also one of the most important. Players A and B exchange deep straight length drives. Rotating between the T and the back corner. Ball must land beyond short line. No volleying allowed. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Players A and B exchange deep straight lengths. Rotating between the T and the back corner. Ball must land beyond service box. A short ball loses the point. No volleying allowed. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for advanced players

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Player A hits deep straight drive to himself, then hits skid boast. Player B allows ball to bounce, hits straight drive to himself, then hits skid boast back to player A. Work on getting back to the T. Make sure your skid boast reaches the opposite side wall before it hits the floor.

2 person drill for advanced players

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Player A hits short drive, player B drops, player A hits overdrive, player B races back and boasts off backwall to opposite side front court. Repeat This drill is tough, as it forces the player doing the backwall boasts to race to the back of the court and flick the ball off the glass (or back wall), then race forward to retrieve the short drive. Play for rhythm.

2 person drill for advanced players

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Player A (in green) attempts to slow the game down by hitting only lobs (front court or back court lobs). Player B can hit anything they want. Play to 15 points.

2 person drill for advanced players

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Player A can only hit hard drives to dying length, kill shots and volleys. He volleys everything he can reach, and usually volleys short. He is attempting to speed the game up to put as much pressure as possible on a tiring opponent. Player B can hit anything they want. Play to 15 points.

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Stand just in front of T. Hit the ball low crosscourt onto the front wall near where it meets the sidewall. Take the next shot backhand low crosscourt, and repeat. Use quick hands, short backswing. Use your wrist to bring the ball back across your body if the ball goes too wide. Try to keep the ball in front of you.

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Stand in front of midline. Hit crosscourt to sidewall, frontwall, floor, floor, opposite sidewall. Repeat. Make sure the ball bounces twice before it gets to the side wall! Variation: hit ball before it gets to opposite sidewall.

Solo drill for advanced players

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Player hits continuous front corner boasts. Switching between forehand and backhand. Player must move VERY quickly from side to side, and may have to lunge to be in position to hit the next boast. Player does not wait for the ball to get to the opposite side wall before hitting it again. The ball may bounce twice between shots. This is a very difficult drill.

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Hit soft continuous drops played very close to the front wall. Crouch down, use a stroking action parallel to floor and a firm wrist. Use a short backswing and 'push' the ball onto the front wall. Aim to hit the nick each time. Don't get too close to the ball!

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Play against yourself. All shots must be played to bounce three times in the front court. (ie no hard low drives) Play against yourself to 15 points. Keep track of points! This game is brutal on the lungs, but will do wonders for your retrieving skills, drop shots, and trickle boasts. Start each rally with a front court boast.

Solo drill for advanced players

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Hit several overdrives, pick one that comes off the back quite far, and hit a reverse angle. That is - hit a low fairly hard crosscourt so that the ball hits the opposite sidewall then the frontwall. Try hitting the drives so that they 'pop' out of the back corner toward the middle. The ball will often be rolling when it gets back to you in the corner. Pick it up and start hitting overlength drives.

Solo drill for advanced players

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Advanced drill. Hit overlength drives to self. Hit hard low kill shot off back wall. Put backspin on the kill shot so that it double bounces before midline.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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A hits front corner tickle boast. B waits for ball to come to him on opposite side, (if necessary, picks ball up if it's rolling) and feeds short straight ball. Player A moves quickly to the other side of court and hits front corner boast. Repeat. Work to find rhythm.

2 person drill for advanced players

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Player A hits boast. Player B hits either straight drop or crosscourt drop. Player A runs quickly to retrieve the drop with a straight drive. B boasts. Very challenging and very tiring. Attempt to disguise which side the drop is going to. Play to 15 points.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Player in back court can only boast. Player in front court can straight drop or lob. If player in front court drops, player in back court must run forward to retrieve drop with another drop or a lob. Player in front court should practice holding (delaying) the shot, use short backswing, and flick the lob.

Because of the nature of this drill, the front court player will have to be quick getting out of the way when hitting a drop shot, otherwise he will give away a let or stroke. This is an excellent drill to practice calling your lets and strokes.

Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Play a normal game, except that once the ball goes short (drop, boast, etc), all shots must be short. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Player B feeds soft shots to front court (perhaps backwall boasts). Player A goes through this list of shots from frontcourt: 1. straight drive, 2. crosscourt drive, 3. lob, 4. trickle boast, 5. straight drop, 6. crosscourt drop Play for accuracy not points.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Play the normal 'boast - drive' game, except that either player can break the routine at any time with any alternative shot that ends up in a corner. Boast - drive resumes from that corner. Play to 15 points.

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Starting from the T, run to each of the four corners in succession, popping back to the T after each corner. Actually run to a position to the side of an imaginary ball, not directly at the corner. Have the racquet in 'ready' position as soon as you leave the T. Swing through imaginary ball in each corner. Do this for one minute. Then rest for a minute. Repeat.

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Put 1 ball on each of the closest corner of the right service box and left service box. Stand on the T in 'ready position'. Lunge to the front left ball and pick it up. Pop back up to 'ready position'. Lunge to the right and carefully place the ball on the opposite corner of the right service box. The ball should not roll. Pop back to 'ready position'. Repeat moving the balls from corner to corner to corner. Do the drill for one minute. Rest for one minute. Repeat. Great for building quadricep strength.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Challenge a close rival to a competitive game of squash. (league or ladder match) -Maintain your composure throughout the game. -Call your lets and strokes, giving your opponent the benefit of the doubt in the close calls. -Shake hands with your opponent after the game and thank them for the match. -Remember, it's just a game.

Solo drill for beginners

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Place racket on floor perpendicular to the wall so that the racket is balancing on it's edge, an the head of the racquet is touching the wall. Pick up racquet so that 'V' of thumb and forefinger are to the left-top of racket handle. Forefinger finger is spread from other fingers. Racket held in fingers not palm.

Solo drill for beginners

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First check that you are holding the racket with the correct grip. With the racket face vertical and keeping your arm down, raise the racket head with your wrist. This is a cocked wrist. Take some slow swings keeping the wrist firm and cocked throughout swing. Keep a watchful eye out that the hand-wrist angle does not straighten out.

Solo drill for beginners

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First check that you are holding the racket with the correct grip. Check that your wrist is cocked. Bring your elbow back. Elbow should be bent at 90%. As you begin your swing, you should lead the swing with the point of your elbow and the butt of your racquet. As you approach the hitting zone your racquet face should be pointing upwards (parallel to the ceiling), elbow should straighten and rotate, bringing the racquet face to a position perpendicular to the ground. Follow through with your arm towards the target. Do this swing slowly at first, and gradually build up speed. Check the grip and cocked wrist after each swing.

Solo drill for beginners

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Hold the racquet with the correct grip. Hit soft rails to yourself. Feel that racket does not wobble or slip in your hand on contact with ball. Also check that forearm, arm, and hand muscles are relaxed, and not tense. If you are holding the racquet too firmly, your hand will quickly get tired, and the accuracy of your shots will suffer. If the racquet is held too loosely, your racquet will move in your hand at impact and the accuracy of your shots will suffer.

Solo drill for beginners

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Stand facing the sidewall next to the service box, and hit soft straight drives along the wall. Step in to each shot and then push back away from the wall after each stroke. Focus on good technique: Racquet is paused aloft before each swing Racquet pushes through contact zone towards target

Solo drill for beginners

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Prepare for a stroke by getting your racquet back into the READY POSITION. Pause in this position and hold the raquet there for two or three seconds. You can then swing your racquet as for a forehand straight drive. After 20 or more swings, do the same exercise for the backhand swing.

Solo drill for intermediate players

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No ball needed for this one. Play a game with an imaginary opponent and imaginary ball. Watch the imaginary ball throughout the whole rally: when you hit it, and when your 'opponent' hits it. Think about what shot you are going to hit to make your opponent do the most running. Watch the ball onto his imaginary racquet. You can work on footwork, shot selection, racquet preparation, clearing, deception, ...just about any aspect of squash!

Solo drill for beginners

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Be the referee at a competitive match.

Solo drill for beginners

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Keep score of a competitive match

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Take the USSRA certification test. It takes about 90 minutes

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Take a long step forward and flatten out your body. Pop back to a standing position. Repeat on opposite leg. Do sets of 8 lunges on either side. Be sure to stretch and warm up before doing this exercise!

Solo drill for beginners

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Put a ball somewhere on the court, and move from the T to the position from which you want to hit the ball, and recover to the T.

A common mistake for beginners is to move directly toward the ball. You should not do this. Instead you should move to a position to the inside of the ball, such that the ball is directly between you and the sidewall. When you get to this position, swing your racquet as if the ball were in the air, and then pop back to the T.

Try to use as little energy as possible, while still moving quickly.

Do this 10 times. Rest. Move the ball to a new location and repeat.

Solo drill for beginners

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Stand about 6 feet from front wall. Using an underarm motion pat the ball softly onto the front wall continuously. Maintain firm, cocked wrist through stroke.

Solo drill for beginners

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Stand at the midline about 4 feet from sidewall, facing sidewall. Using an sidearm motion pat the ball above the cutline on the front wall continuously.

Solo drill for advanced players

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Self feed straight overdrives, hit crosscourt when you see a loose drive. Run to opposite side of court and hit straight rail. Repeat from opposite side of court.

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Toss ball into back corner, choke up on racquet as you lunge low into corner and attempt to flick the ball high and straight down the wall

Solo drill for advanced players

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Toss ball into back corner, step into corner and hit a high floating boast that comes slowly around and ends in middle of the court. Hit a drive into the back corner and hit another floating boast. Repeat

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Stand as if to receive serve. Hit a high straight drive to yourself and volley drop it into opposite nick, or straight drop it. Pick the ball up and repeat.

Solo drill for advanced players

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Feed yourself an easy waist high shot in the middle of the court, and attempt to slice your racket down the back side of the ball to give it underspin.

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Stand on midline to one side of T. Feed easy soft straight shot to yourself, then hit crosscourt drop. Pick up ball as it rolls back to you and repeat.

Solo drill for advanced players

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Hit soft rail into service box, and hit an attack boast or a nick boast. Run to retrieve boast (it may bounce twice) and hit straight drop. Followed by deeper drives until you are back at the service box. Then boast and run to retrieve again.

Solo drill for advanced players

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Hit forehand trickle boast, hit backhand crosscourt drop into the corner to rebound off the side, hit backhand trickle boast, hit forehand crosscourt drop to rebound off sidewall.

Solo drill for advanced players

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Feed yourself straight drives from the T. Step in and take the ball just as it bounces (smothering it). Use a bit of topspin and aim just above the tin. The idea is to take a low bouncing ball earlier than you could if you were to try to hit the ball with a normal undercut.

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Feed yourself soft drives from the T. Hit straight kill shot. And repeat. The kill should be aimed into the nick, or stay tight to wall. You should endeavor to get the ball to bounce twice before the midline. This is very difficult to achieve in a hot court unless you hit the nick. Use underspin (cut) to get the ball to die more quickly.

Solo drill for beginners

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Throw the ball sidearm 10 or 20 times at the front wall, using the same motion that you would to skip a stone across water. Now grip the racquet correctly and perform the same motion with the racquet in your hand. (no ball) Go slowly at first, feel the harmonic relationship between the elbow and wrist. As you get a 'feel' for the whip motion, increase the speed of the whip.

Solo drill for beginners

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Perform the motion of sweeping off a table using the side of your hand in a big sweeping gesture. Do this a few times. Pick up the racquet with the correct grip. Perform the backhand stroke slowly at first, concentrate on creating a harmonic relationship between elbow and wrist. After you get a 'feel' for the whip motion at a slow speed, gradually increase the speed of the whip without losing the 'feel' of the whip action. No ball involved.

Solo drill for advanced players

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Feed the ball high and soft to self near T, volley the ball hard into the nick cross court. Flick the rolling ball off the floor. Repeat to opposite side.

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Same as the Ghosting drill except that you stop in ready position before you hit the ball, just waiting for the imaginary ball to fall into exactly the right position. You should be very balanced, racquet back, and paused for a split second.

Solo drill for advanced players

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Hit overlength drives, picking the occasional one to fake a shot off the back wall, followed quickly by a straight drive.

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Stand facing the sidewall in the back court and hit deep straight drives along the wall. Step in to each shot and then push back away from the wall after each stroke. Take the ball off the back wall and repeat.

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Hit short rail, then hit hard rail below cut line so that first bounce is in service box, second bounce is just before back wall. Pick ball up and repeat

Solo drill for beginners

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Stand in service box and hit the ball overhead like a tennis serve at the front wall. Aim for the ball to come along the sidewall, rather than to the opposite side of the court. The object is to repeat the stroke many times until you have enough power to nick the ball off the back wall.

Solo drill for advanced players

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Hit volleys continuously along one wall from the back court.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Players play a normal game, except that if someone hits the ball out of court or into the tin, when they could have kept the ball in play, they do 5 pushups.

2 person drill for advanced players

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The Player in the back court can only boast. The player in front court can either hit a straight drop or a crosscourt drop. The frontcourt player should use a short backswing, hold the shot, and flick the ball crosscourt for the drop. The player who hit the boast must run forward to retrieve the drop and hit a straight drive. The player who just dropped then runs to the backcourt and hits a boast. Play continues with both players moving side to side and front to back. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for advanced players

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Play a normal game, except that all shots must land beyond the mid line. However at any time, either player may opt to hit the ball into the front court in an attempt to win the rally outright. If the person retrieves the ball at all, they win the point. Excellent for helping with the decision of when to be offensive. Play game to 15 points.

Solo drill for advanced players

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Your pre-match routine should get you into the best possible state of MIND and BODY to play squash. From the very first point, you should be focused, warmed up, and ready to play your best squash. Assess yourself. In what state of mind do you play your best squash. What do you need to do to get into this state of mind? How long and what kind of muscle warm up do you need to do.

Solo drill for beginners

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There are many things you can do to get the most out of each practice session. Here are a few ideas. 1. When practicing a particular shot, put a physical object or mark in the target area you want to hit. 2. Avoid hitting casual shots. Concentrate on hitting your best shots. A shorter practice with more focus is better than a long practice without focus. 3. Make adjustments as you practice. Watch where your shots are going, and continually make slight adjustments to your technique or strokes until they are correct. Sometimes the correction is as simple as aiming the ball a little higher on the front wall.

Solo drill for beginners

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4. Work to get a rhythm or groove going in your practice. You want a smooth, relaxed flowing motion. 5. Start each drill with easy shots and no movement. Gradually work up to faster, tighter shots with more movement. 6. Concentrate on one aspect of the game at a time. But always have some aspect in mind that you are working on.

Solo drill for advanced players

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I would never advocate using gamesmanship as a way to increase your chances of winning a squash match, but if you fail to recognize common gamesmanship strategies, then you will likely fall victim to them. There's not much you can do when your opponent employs these strategies, except laugh and know that the reason he is resorting to these strategies is that he knows he is in trouble.

Here are a few common gamesmanship tactics:

  1. Time wasting to catch breath. (untie/tie shoelaces, kick ball across court, etc)
  2. Prematch intimidation. (hitting the ball as hard as possible)
  3. Staring intimidatingly (attempt to stare down opponent)
  4. Failure to clear out of way of shots. (this is actually illegal)
  5. Faking tiredness, injury, or other weakness to get opponent to let up.
  6. Failing to let you hit the ball during warmup. (hit repeatedly to self)
To practice this, just watch tournament matches carefully. Once you start looking for it, you will see gamesmanship all the time.

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Starting at the back of the court with one hand touching the floor, run to the front wall and touch the floor where it meets the tin. Run to back wall and touch floor where it meets the wall. Continue for ONE MINUTE. Rest for one minute. Do as many sets of one minute as you can. Watch your footwork. Try to find a rhythm, so that you are moving efficiently on the court. Reach for that wall as if you were reaching for a tough drop shot.

Solo drill for advanced players

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If you know the history of the game, the great squash players of all time and the current best players in the world. Squashtalk.com is a good place to start. But I recommend you get a good book on the history of the game of squash. James Zug's ""History of Squash"" is excellent.

Solo drill for intermediate players

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Buy a squash video. Jean De Lierre's videos are the best. If you can go to a live tournament, even better. Jonathan Power's 'Power Squash' series is excellent. Even better is to go to a local pro squash tournament and watch the pros live. You will improve just by sitting and watching them.

2 person drill for advanced players

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Player in backcourt can either hit a crosscourt drop or a straight drive. If he hits a crosscourt drop, other player must retrieve the crosscourt drop with a straight lob. Play continues. Player in the back court should hold his shot to aid in deception when the ball comes off the backwall. This drill is great for learning deception in the back court. Player on the T must watch the player in the back court closely to try to get the best possible jump on the surprise drop shot. Play game to 15 points. Make sure players clear front wall, otherwise they will give away a stroke when the player opts for the crosscourt drop.

Solo drill for beginners

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If you can identify what the wrong wrist position looks like and feels like, you will be able to self correct your wrist position.

2 person drill for advanced players

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Players A and B exchange deep straight lengths. Rotating between the T and the back corner. Ball must land beyond service box. A short ball loses the point. No volleying allowed. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Player A self feeds straight drive and then crosscourts aiming to hit sidewall, floor, backwall. B allows ball to fall. B repeats. (ball may bounce twice in back court). Both players attempt to get good height on their crosscourts. Play to 15, scoring 1 point for a side - floor - back.

2 person drill for advanced players

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A, in frontcourt, straight drives for B, behind, to volley attack boast. A can either drive soft and loose allowing B to find a rhythm. Or high and tight making B stretch to 'pick off' the high boast. If B can't reach it he goes back to corner and boasts. Play game to 15 points or play to achieve a rhythm.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Play a normal game, except that all shots must land beyond the mid line. Great practice for digging the ball out of the back corners. All very good for practicing pinning your opponent into the corners by aggressive volleying. Excellent for learning NOT to boast the ball out of the back corners. Play game to 15 points.

2 person drill for intermediate players

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Play normal games, with the caveat that when you see a particular shot, you must follow with the correct ( 'statisticaly best') response shot or lose the point. Pick one combo at a time. Here are some correct response shots: