Jonathon Power celebrates with coach Mike Way after winning the1998 World Open. Mike Way and Jonathon Power videos are available in three parts: Basics, Attacking, Defending. S consider seven key factors in the game and look at how, by understanding your game better, you can go about practising, playing and watching squash to improve your game. The mileage factor is a key component in most matches. The frustration level goes up because of 1 and 4. Most players try to hit the ball too hard on their length shots which costs accuracy and consequently gives them less time to get back to the T. All players have a limited number of squash miles in their legs. This factor becomes more important as you go up the ladder.
Good ‘A’ players and pros accept the fact that most of their attacking shots will be returned. If the mileage factor is tipped in their favour, the rallies will eventually shorten and they will hit winners sooner, but not every good drop or hard drive will win the rally. If we can accept this statement, we can change our concept of 3. Trying to hit the ball too hard, too often, is very common in squash. At the entry level of the game the 100 mph shot down the middle often wins a rally. Thus was born the bash and dash mentality witnessed and cherished by your local pro. As they improve, most players with brains learn that accuracy is more important than power. However, overhitting, aiming too low on the front wall and sacrificing good length is still the norm. The front of the court can be an attacking or a defensive area depending upon how the rally is going.
The mid-court area is usually the attacking area. Good length shots to the back corners move your opponent well away from the T, help you to set up attacking shots, and buy you time and oxygen. So how do we improve as from today? You will have to hit the ball higher on the front wall to maintain good length. The extra time which this gives will help you to reduce the rush factor. Assume that most of your shots will be returned, especially in the early games. Take a fresh look at your friendly or practice games. When you play against stronger players, measure your success by the length of the match and not just by the score. 0 every time in 20 minutes, then focus on cancelling his mid-court attacking zone by hitting the ball higher and wider. If you can reduce the percentage of shots which he hits from the mid-court attacking zone then the rallies will get longer and the match will extend.
When you play against weaker players, practise attacking shots which you would not usually use. For example, if you always beat Fred with your favourite crosscourt drive from the front, try playing a drop, a straight drive or an angle instead. When you play against players of your own standard, put your full game plan to the test. So the next time you are watching a match, study the way in which shots are played from the different zones and work out how the losing player might change his tactics to turn the game around. Is this the end of FM200 as we know it? Please note that this is an old post and we have now written a new one based on information from 1st January 2018 please click this link to read it. With the recent announcement from Du Pont that due to a shortage of raw materials, the price of FM200 is to rise considerably with immediate effect, is this the end of FM200 fire suppression system agent! FM200 has been the main stay of gaseous fire suppression systems for 20 years following the banning of Halon 1211 and 1301. Although FM200 is not perfect environmentally in these austere times it is the choice of many as it usually works out the most cost effective against inert gas and Novec 1230.