The serve in squash

The serve in squash – is it really important?

The short answer is “yes” – it is vitally important to have a good serve when playing competitive squash. Equally, it’s very important to know how to return a good serve. So – what makes the serve in  squash a “good” serve?

Keep it in court

First of all, for a serve to be considered a good serve, obviously it has to not go out-of-court. This may seem like a very obvious and unnecessary comment to add, but throughout my career of playing squash, I wish I had a dollar/pound/euro for every time my opponent served out-of-court – giving me a very easy point! When you are serving, it’s the only time in a game that you can decide when to hit the ball, and where, without being pressured in any way by your opponent. Continue reading

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Big difference in playing standard – how to even this up

Big difference in playing standard means a boring game – not necessarily!

A big difference in playing standard between two squash players can make for a boring game, and trying to “even-out” such a big difference in playing standard can be quite a tricky task. By “evening-out”, I mean playing the games in such a way that it’s fun, energetic and stretching – for both players, even when one person plays to a much better standard than the other. In this post I will discuss some techniques you can use, so that both players get a more enjoyable and stretching game. Continue reading

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Manage a squash club?

Manage a Squash Club? – No thanks! – but spare a thought for the ones who do!

Like many others in the squash fraternity, I manage a squash club – but why? At first sight, you would be forgiven for thinking that anyone wanting to manage a squash club must be just ‘daft in the head’. There’s such a lot of work involved, and anyway, you can play plenty of squash without having to manage a club, can’t you? Why not let someone else do it? Just turn up to play in the league/ladder/competitions that seem to get organized as if by magic – and then disappear again and wait for the results – which also appear ‘automatically’ it seems.

Well, that’s one view. You can play plenty of squash without having to spend any of your time helping to run the events or managing a squash club, but if any of you readers get a chance to become more ‘involved’ in the running of your club I would jump at the chance. Continue reading

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Squash Competitions – running and managing them (Part ii)

This post is the second in a two part article about squash competitions.  The first post dealt with some of the questions that might occur to you if you have never organise squash competitions before, such as what type of competitions you can run and how to decide on the right one to choose. It also covered squash league competitions.

Squash Ladder

Another type of squash competition is the “ladder”. Ladder competitions are usually run for individual players, rather than teams. This type of competition requires very little ‘maintenance’ and generally is the type of competition run by a club where the players do not want to be tied to playing frequently, but want to just arrange a game with another player of a similar standard from time-to-time.

In this case, all players are arranged in one long list. The aim of each player is to rise up the ladder as high as they can by challenging players above them and if successful, they move above the player they beat. Continue reading

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Squash Competitions – running and managing them

Running squash competitions may sounds easy, but if you have never done it, then it can be difficult to know where and how to start. How many players should/will participate? How do you organise the various matches? How do you keep track of the results? What about making it fair for all? Should you “seed” the players? Answers to all of these questions can be found here, together with some free tools to assist you.

For the most part, the information given below applies to squash competitions where either teams or individual players participate. Therefore throughout the rest of the post, I will simply refer to “players”, although the same procedures can be used for teams, unless specifically noted. Continue reading

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