Types of shots played

There are many types of shots played that lead to interesting games and strategy.
  • Straight Drive

    Deep ball parallel and close to side wall to the back wall

  • Boast

    Played off side wall or back wall before hitting front wall

  • Volley

    Ball played before it bounces, usually directly to front wall

  • Dropshot

    Ball hit gently to front wall so it drops into the front corner

  • Lob

    Ball hit softly, high on front wall, high arc that falls into court back corners

  • Cross Court

    Ball hit from left side of court to right (or vice versa)

  • Kill

    Ball hit hard and low on front wall so bounces no further than halfway

  • Trickle Boast

    'Short' boast where ball is hit to side wall at front of court

  • Nick Shot

    Ball lands between sidewall/backwall and the floor

  • Back Wall Boast

    Ball hit hard and high off back wall to the front wall

  • Skid Boast

    One back corner high into the middle of the front wall to the other back corner.

  • Mizuki

    Hit on backhand side of court, as volley. Mizuki is hit with the back side of the racquet

Main Strategies

There are many strategies played, dependant on different skill levels and individual strengths that lead to interesting games.

The "T"

Learn to control the court.

Dominating the T

The "T" - the intersection of the red lines near the centre of the court where the player is in the best position to retrieve the opponent's next shot. Skilled players will return a shot, and then move back toward the "T" before playing the next shot. From this position, the player can quickly access any part of the court to retrieve the opponent's next shot with a minimum of movement.

Wall Shots

The most basic shot you need to master.

Rail, Straight Drive or Length

This is the basic squash shot, a common strategy, hit the ball straight up the side walls to the back corners. After hitting this shot, the player will then move to the centre of the court near the "T" to be well placed to retrieve the opponent's return.

Attacking with soft or "short" shots to the front corners (referred to as "drop shots") causes the opponent to cover more of the court and may result in an outright winner.

Boasts or angle shots are deliberately struck off one of the side walls before the ball reaches the front. They are used for deception and again to cause the opponent to cover more of the court.


One of the most fundamental elements of the sport, even with high level skills you wont get far without fitness.

Fitness is essential!

Rallies between experienced players may involve 30 or more shots and therefore a very high premium is placed on fitness, both aerobic and anaerobic. As players become more skilled and, in particular, better able to retrieve shots, points often become a war of attrition. At higher levels of the game, the fitter player has a major advantage.


Keep them guessing. The difference between the good and the best.

What just happened?

Ability to change the direction of ball at the last instant is also important to unbalance the opponent. Expert players can anticipate the opponent's shot a few tenths of a second before the average player, giving them a chance to react sooner.


A quality serve has your opponent immediately on the back foot!

Serve Information!

EVERY match begins with a serve and if you give your opponent the chance to start off on the attack you will already be at disadvantage.

Especially in the old scoring the system the serve provided great psycological advantage as they were the player that could take the point and the opposition was trying to win the serve.