Thursday, 20 June 2013

How to retrieve the ball from the back wall :The side step technique - Video tutorial

Retrieving the ball from the back wall

To retrieve the ball from the backwall you must abide by many principles, such as:

  • Wait for the ball to bounce out of the backwall before moving for it
  • extend yourself to the maximum capacity
  • Bend your knees
  • Shorten the forearm to increase the space for your swing
  • Position yourself so that you can make a drive
The #1 mistake squash players make is that they move in a way that makes their body face the back corner, by doing so they cannot make a drive.

A huge problem when learning how to retrieve the ball from the backwall is that you need to stay far away, yet you have to be close enough to actually retrieve the ball.

A easy to implement solution I've found to this problem consists of making a side step toward the backwall.

The side step

Try this:
When moving for the ball (remember that you must move in a way that makes you stay in the center relative to the sidewalls and then eventually make a side step), when you are close to the backwall, make a side step toward the backwall so that you are really close to it, and then make a step toward the sidewall.

By doing so you will be able to make a drive which is the foundation of all of squash.

Here's the three step to follow:
  1. Move for the ball
  2. Make a side step toward the backwall
  3. Make the final step toward the sidewall.
By following these three steps you will be closer to the ball and it will be easier to retrieve it.

Video tutorial