Squash – The off season

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I have not been playing as much squash as I normally do this summer.  Work is keeping me busy and as mentioned in my last post I have played tennis a few times too.  The last couple of times I have played I have noticed that I am not as match fit as I normally am.  That is okay and to be expected as I have not been playing or really training either.  That has been a bit of a blessing in disguise for me as it turns out!

I have always been a fairly attritional type of squash player.  The longer the rallies the better! While I might not win all of them the longer the match went on the more I would win traditionally.  Not being as match fit has caused me to look for ways to end points quicker.  I have definitely gone for too much in some cases but have also really improved my volleying in the process.  I have been killing the ball short on the volley really well of late and have been getting a lot more outright winners in the process.

I have also fired at a fair amount nicks my last few times out.  They don’t always work out and if you miss it you often lose the point but I have hit my fair share too.  It is really fun looking for a good opportunity to shoot for the nick and there is nothing better than actually pulling it off and hitting a flat nick!

I am really looking forward to getting back in to proper squash shape for the upcoming season and to start using more kill shots as part of regular squash game.  It is great to really work your opponent hard and force them to make mistakes because they are tired but it is also really important to finish the ball when you can.

 

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