Sunday 17 March 2013

Squash Video Tips #6 On Court Movement: How to Move on court, theory and practice. 2 Videos!!

How to move on court 2 Videos And Article!

As i suggested in my philosophy of court movement, in squash you should always keep moving during a rally.

What i mean is that instead of making rapid start/stop movements between the ball and the T and back again, i suggest to always keep your body in movement, so that your feet are never stale.

That's because to start and stop consumes more energy than it would if you move slower and keep your momentum going.

So the next time you make a slow shot don't rush to the T, take the time to slowly go there this way when you get there you will  quickly move away from it with less effort.


Ghosting means exercising as if the ball was there without using a ball.

Basically I'm moving around the court while making shots in all the four corners while always coming back to the T.

This is a great exercise to improve your stamina on court and it is pretty heavy on the legs.

The basic principles that are implied in this practice are:
  • I tend to move in the center in respect to the side walls and then i make a step to the side,
  • I always come back to the T,
  • I open the racket before moving,
  • I face the front wall when going back to the T.

What are the basics of ghosting:

  • You must act as if there was a ball
  • You can focus on various things
  • You will enhance your stamina and movement patterns
  • It builds reflexes to come back to the T
  • It is a pillar of squash skill

The structure behind court movement

The idea is that you should be moving the less and getting the most, therefore you need to know:

Step by step guide: How to move on court.

All these theoretical concepts will be very useful after you take a grasp on the basics.
In this video i provide you with all the step by step explanation you need to learn the movement patterns NOW.

Here is an extract of the concepts contained in the video:
You must always move in a way that makes you do a drive and eventually choose not to.
The movement pattern are 2, one for the right side of the court and one for the left side.

These are just schemes to start working on this skill, when you'll be good at those you will be able to change them according to your preferences.

The basic scheme is that you walk in semi-circle way so that you are facing the side wall when you reach the ball, this forces you to make a drive and it is great for a novice player.

Movement patterns
The movement patterns requires you to make 3 steps and are as follow:
  1. The first step is toward the front/back wall
  2. The second is diagonal toward the corner in which the ball is located
  3. The last is a side step toward the side wall
The order of the feet involved changes depending on the side of the court.
They are:

Left/Right/Left for the Right side of the court
Right/Left/Right fort the Left side of the court

Train Hard and see you next week!

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