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Squash Shot Tips : Squash Shots Off of the Back Wall

Okay, there are times in Squash; so I’m at
the tee, and my opponent’s hit a pretty good shot, or the ball doesn’t have much pace on
it, or a variety of reasons. And all I can do is move back, and hit it off the back wall,
and try, hopefully that I can get it to stay reasonably tight, so my opponent doesn’t get
a real easy shot to really run me, or hit a winner on the next ball. So the way to practice
this ball is get the ball maybe a little warmed up, throw it, and just hit it. So, the key
here is to open the face see, so when I hit this ball I have to have the face open so
it produces loft, so the ball will fly all the way up to the front. So let’s do that
again. So the ball’s behind me, I just step back, and I open the face, and I just take
a full swing at it. So that’s how I’m going to get it to the front wall. And when you
do this drill enough you can get really good at it, so where you might be able to get it
tight to the wall on your shot. So now we’ll demonstrate the forehand side of this shot.
Okay, so the opponent has put the ball behind you, and even though it’s to your backhand,
to hit this ball off the back wall it’s going to be a forehand, as as demonstrated. So so
that’s the idea of this shot is you’re under great pressure, and all you really are able
to do is hit a forehand on your backhand side off the back wall, and hopefully hopefully
just keep the rally going is all you really can do in this situation. So, these are defensive
shots, but the key is is really you’re hitting a drive into the back wall, where you’re opening
the face so you’re creating loft on either side. So it’s a good shot to have in your
arsenal, but if you’re using it a lot, you’re probably not doing so well in the match.

David Frank



  1. Memfys Posted on November 27, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    yeah, great, but it's not that easy with two yellow dots ball, i never use it though…

  2. Mark Coulson Posted on February 14, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    This shot works well if you hit it diagonally rather than back down the line. With practice, you can get it to land in the nic of the opposite front corner.

  3. Backspace Posted on May 2, 2009 at 6:50 am

    yeah, i agree with the ppl below me. this shot should only be used as a last resort!

  4. illegalcity Posted on December 3, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Couldn't agree more.

    I see loads of people play that shot here in my Uni's squash club. Like you say, it's a 'last chance-saloon-shot' and you rarely see any of the top 5 (myself included) play the shot.

  5. TehSparkz07 Posted on March 29, 2010 at 9:03 am

    "its a good shot to have, but if you use it a lot your probably not doing so well"


  6. TehSparkz07 Posted on March 29, 2010 at 9:03 am

    what you said.

  7. Marcin Pisarski Posted on October 31, 2010 at 10:26 am

    About 8 months ago i thought it's a very dangerous and very hard attacking shot. It was my mistake. Now i can fully agree – it's last chance defensive shot, it creates "loose ball" and opponent has many options to play. The key in squash is to do not let your opponent has more than one option 😉 But, it's better to play backwall boast than let the ball go down 😉
    Sorry for my poor english, greetings from Poland.

  8. nickisacebeans Posted on October 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    this *NEVER* works for me! The ball doesn't make it back to the front wall

  9. Chris Beck Posted on September 10, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    The secret is to hit it at the wall.

  10. Siberius Wolf Posted on March 16, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Ohhh.. didn't know you could do this.. well that sounds useful.