No player can deny that having a strong length and volley game is a great advantage on court. Being able to keep your opponent on the back of the court by using solid lengths is a very important part of the game as it keeps the rally under control and can lead to attacking opportunities. One of such opportunities is being able to volley on the mid-court if your opponent leaves an open shot. But in order to do this you need to practice. So I will talk about a fun and easy, three part drill that any player can do with a friend and that will help them strengthen both their length and volley games.
|I had a chance to try out the Dunlop Aerogel 4D Evolution 120 for the first time this week. What a great racquet! This is the racquet that Nick Matthew, the current #1 player in the world uses.
It is not the traditional shape of a Dunlop racquet with its tear drop head and longer mains but it retains the Dunlop feel. That is a great combination as you get the extra power from the longer mains and the same feeling of the ball sitting on the racquet that you do from other Dunlop racquets.
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 grew up playing tennis and did not play squash until later in life. I had pretty much given up tennis though for the last few years as I really enjoyed squash more. I have played a tennis though a couple of times in the last few weeks and have really enjoyed it.
I have been playing squash now continuously for several years without any real break. After one slightly frustrating game of squash I decided to go outside and pickup a tennis racquet. It was a very nice change of pace. My expectation was low and just went out to relax and have fun - and I did. Playing a game just to enjoy myself was a nice change of pace. I always play squash fairly seriously but when I went out to play tennis I was just hitting shots and not worrying about the outcome of a match. After a bit when I started to find my shots again I was hitting really well. I found that the more relaxed I was when hitting my shots the better the outcome.