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Serve, Rally, Score: A Beginner’s Guide to Playing Squash

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How to Play Squash: There’s no denying the fact that racket games require a lot of physical fitness along with individual mental strength to perform. All racket games are either played as singles or doubles and the latter also requires excellent chemistry and understanding with the partner. Squash is one of the most underrated in a cricket frenzy country like India. The workaholic culture in India does not allow the majority of the working population of the country to take out time for their fitness and health.

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Being declared the world’s healthiest sport by Forbes, the squash game is an ideal leisure activity for the country. Players can burn considerable calories playing the 40-minute indoor game within closed walls, working on all the physical aspects, including strength, flexibility, and endurance while risking least to the injuries. With more than 30000 indoor courts now opened throughout the country, squash is must try for everyone in the country. Here’s a beginner’s guide on how to play squash, including a step-by-step process to make your mark in the sport. 

Step 1: Gear up & get access to a court

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You need a squash racket and a ball to begin playing the sport. If you want to try it first before starting regularly, you can take up a tennis racket or racketball racket. Also, you might find some squash clubs renting out the rackets for timely usage. But for playing the sport regularly, it is suggested to get your own racket and develop your grip with the same. The next thing that you need is squash balls. There are different types of squash balls, with the color implicating the speed of the ball. 

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Colour Speed (of Play) Bounce Player Level
Orange Extremely Slow Super low Only recommended for high altitude play
Double yellow Extra Slow Very low Experienced
Yellow Slow Low Advanced
Green Medium Average Intermediate/Advanced
Red Medium High Medium
Blue Fast Very high Beginner/Junior

As a beginner, you can get started with the blue one to get the bounce quickly. Try out the sport before joining a squash club as a member. You will also need a non-marking pair of shoes for the same. You can buy one for all indoor sports or borrow/rent it from somewhere. 

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Step 2: Learn the basic rules & skills of the game before entering the court

Basic Rules

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Squash is played between 2 counterparts as both singles and doubles games. It is played in a closed room with boundaries defined on the walls. The repetitive task for each player is to alternately strike a rubber ball with a racket to score points. The side scoring more points eventually win the game. In general, there are 4 ways to score a point:

  • If a player fails to execute a valid return (striker’s point)
  • The ball hitting the backboard or net (non-striker’s point)
  • Invalid service (non-striker’s point)
  • Intentional interference by a player to prevent the opponent from attempting a return.

For a legal serve, the ball must hit the front wall directly between the service line and the outline. Also, the first bounce in return must land within the back quarter of the court opposite to the Server’s box. The receiver also has the option of picking it before the bounce. After a legal serve, the players return the ball alternately until they fail in the same, or the ball ceases to be in play, as per the rules.

The ball must touch the front wall while remaining in the play before landing on the floor for a successful return. Also, the ball is declared out if any part of the ball touches or goes beyond the outline. The ball must not touch any part of the ball must not touch the floor or any part of the striker’s body or clothing before hitting the front wall.

Apart from scoring a point, LET is a part of the game. Let is an undecided stroke in which the corresponding rally or service does not count and the point is replayed. To know when and where a LET is allowed and the detailed rules of squash click here.

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Basic Skills

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Grip: It is really important to learn the right grip from the beginning. Handle the grip so that there is a “v” between your thumb and pointer finger, while the rest of the fingers are close to the pointer finger. Hold the racket firm but not too hard that it puts a strain on your wrists. 

Stance: Shoulders should face the side walls at the point of impact on both the forehand and backhand side. Do not over-rotate otherwise you will end up facing the front wall and happen to drag the ball into the middle of the court.

Swing Mechanism: The game is all about fluency and precision in swinging the racket to hit the ball in various parts of the court. Forehand and backhand are the same old 2 types of swing techniques used in squash like other racket sports. Forehand resembles skimming a stone in water and backhand is the same as throwing a frisbee.

Step 3: Get on the court and practice

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Now that you are equipped with the various gear and informed with the basic skills and rules of the squash, you are ready to get on the court and sweat it out. It would be great if you can find a companion to begin the sport with you. You can still the strokes on your own or under a coach to excel in the game. Here are some tips for making an early impact as a beginner.

Practice hitting the ball correctly with both backhand and forehand to gain better control. Try hitting specific spots around the boundaries, above the tin, and below the outline.

Always return to the T-area, after hitting the ball for the opponent in a rally. This will provide the best opportunity to return the opponent’s stroke. 

Hit on the sidewalls more often and practice specific shots individually trying to play unplayable shots for the opponent.

Review and research modern drills and techniques used by upcoming players to make advancements in your game.

Play with multiple different opponents to face different challenges and so prepared better for the real ones. 

Major Tournaments in Squash Game

  • Squash World Open
  • World Super Series
  • British Open
  • Tournament of Champions
  • US Open
  • Hong Kong Open
  • Qatar Classic
  • Windy City Open
  • El Gouna International
  • Commonwealth Games

Current Champions in Squash Game

Competition Men Women
Edition Title holder Edition Title holder
World Championship 2022 Ali Farag 2022  Nour El Sherbini
WSF World Team Championships 2019 Egypt 2018 Egypt
World Games 2022 Victor Crouin 2022 Tinne Gilis
WSF World Junior Championships 2019 Mostafa Asal 2019 Hania El Hammamy
WSF World Junior Team Championships 2018 Egypt 2019 Egypt
World University 2018 Joshua Masters 2018 Lily Taylor
World Masters (Over 35) 2018 Laurens-Jan Anjema 2018 Natalie Grainger

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Is squash a hard game?

It is one of the toughest sports out there. To be a successful and competitive squash player, you need to be in really good shape, and a high level of fitness is required.

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Who is the greatest squash player of all time?

Jahangir Khan is considered as the greatest squash player of all time.

What is the basic rules of squash?

The basic rule in squash sport is that the players should hit the ball against the front wall, above the tin, and below the outline inside the squash court.

Is squash like tennis?

Squash and Tennis games share some similarities, however both have many differences as well. The basic difference between the two sports is the courts. A squash court is enclosed, whereas a tennis court is open. The Squash balls are squashy and small whereas Tennis balls are big and harder.

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Raghav Heda
Raghav Heda
Raghav is a sports enthusiast and a content writer at Kreedon. Being a former state-level cricketer and Captain of the Basketball team at IIT Patna, he understands the problems faced by a student-athlete in India. He is also a die-hard NBA fan and has been following the league and American Sports Media for long. Comparing the Indian sports economy to American Sports' was something that motivated him to work for the development of Indian Sports.


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