Monday, 12 November 2012

THE BASICS YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PLAY SQUASH!

THE SQUASH COURT, THE SERVE , RULES AND TACTICS FOR A QUICK START

THE COURT

Picture a tennis court , you have your side of the court, the net, and your opponent's side of the court.
The same is for the squash court: the lowest line is called the ''TIN'' which is the same as the tennis's net. If the ball Hits it or goes lower, the ball is down.

The highest line it's the upper limit for the ball, this means that if the ball touch the line or goes above it it's out.

The line in the middle is the service line, you need to throw the ball over this one when you serve.

The lines on the floor are very important for a playing Good Squash, more on that later...

THE SERVE

Since the serve must be a fair shot,when you're serving  you have to follow this 3 rules.

-You must have at least one feet into the service box;

-The ball must hit on the front wall directly;

-When the ball hits the ground it must be in the opposite side of where you serve (i.e. If you served on the  
  left side, the ball must bounce on the right side.)


THE SIDE WALLS

You can use the side walls to get the ball to hit the Front wall. This means that after you have hit the ball, it has to bounce onto the front wall, before bouncing on the ground.


SCORING

The Match is divided in games, every game is won by the first player that scores 11 points, generally you can play a match  where the first player to win 2 games (it's called 2/3)  or the first to win 3 games (3 out of 5 games) wins the match.
For you to score a point your opponent must throw the ball down or out or the ball must be not-up when your opponent has to it it.
Not-up means that the ball bounces twice on the floor before the opponent hits it.

BASIC TACTICS FOR A GOOD SQUASH GAME


Follow this 2 simple tips in order to bolster your game!

-STAY IN THE CENTER

The T is the central point of the court where the lines meet. By Staying there you can be prepared for your opponent's shot. You should stay one step behind the T because it's easier to recover a ball in the front than it is to recover a ball in the back.
Keep the control of the center makes you control the game and run as less as possible
Staying on the T and extending makes you keep energies and gives you a great tactical advantage

-AIM FOR THE CORNERS

By throwing the ball in the corners you force your opponent to move, making you control the Center and making him run while you're still