Shot options tip Approaching the ball at 45 degrees gives you options to hit straight or cross court, having your racket above the ball gives you the options to go long or short. When you have both you make your opponent’s life really difficult.
Your elbow should lead the swing on the forehand side. The helps to open the racket face whilst also generating racket head speed. Find out lots more about forehand technique in this week’s series with Peter Nicol, on SquashSkills.com!
Fares has a wonderfully compact swing on both forehand and backhand side. Here you can see how he keeps the elbow low but reasonably close to his body which means that the racket head naturally lifts up above the ball.
Nice example of a compacted swing deep in the backhand back corner. Sometimes it's not possible to take a full swing as the wall is in the way. When this is the case, focus on shortening the swing and getting the racket behind the ball.
You need to use your approach to the ball in the back corner to get setup correctly. You should use the time to lift your racket up and rotate your upper body towards the back corner. This upper body rotation is the key element as you look to create pace and power.
It’s surprising how much power you’re able to generate with a short swing. Note how Daryl has straightened his arm but left his racket behind his hand allowing him to whip through the ball using his wrist.