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Squash Movement Drills : Squash Movement Drills: Watching Ball on Backhand Recovery

We have already covered the backhand side.
How do you move back to the tee after you have made a backhand in the back court? Well
what I’ve found is that I learned that this was a great lesson I got from a great coach
and one of the things I learned that I was doing all the time is I would go up to the
front court and I would hit my backhand cross court or down the line or whatever I would
do and then I would back peddle like this And then my opponent might hit a drop shot
and I’m falling backwards or I just couldn’t get to it. So after he laughed at me for a
while he said Hill, why don’t you do this, hit your back hand, hit it down the line,
watch the ball like that and he goes if you hit it cross court, like that. So this way
no matter what my opponent does if I hit it down the line and they drop shot me, you see
I can move like that and counter drop or hit a shot and if I hit my ball cross court, then
I’m watching it like this so if they boast me or drop shot me in any direction I am totally
covered. So the idea here is not that back peddling is always wrong but in a lot of circumstances
especially when you are in the front court you need to come back moving sideways, side
stepping so you can watch the ball and be ready for the next ball and that way there
are no surprises possible.

David Frank



  1. SquashOnline Posted on October 10, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Problem with your movement…Side shuffle back to the T and you leave yourself open to the cross court. You will never catch up to the ball.

  2. Lloyd Tenn Posted on June 7, 2009 at 1:37 am

    I agree with SquashGod's comments. Remember, in getting back to the T, you are watching your opponent with your head turned sideways and so a drop shot or any shot that your opponent plays shouldn't catch you off gaurd.

  3. rod280459 Posted on November 8, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Thanks Hill

    I've been playing (badly) for 30 yrs. This is good advice.

  4. Pete Avitable Posted on October 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    yeah, if your opponent hits xct or boast you are done….