Squash Grip Changes

Good technique starts with a good grip.

Let me pose the following two questions:

  • How can you play a high straight shot to the back when the ball is tight in the back corner, if your racket face is closed?
  • How can you punch a deep volley when your racket face is open?

The answer to both these questions are you can’t!

For some, the grip may seem a very insignificant part of the game but I believe it is the doorway to playing great squash.  Many people may strongly disagree with what I am about to say but it works for me and has been formed from many years experience and experimentation.  I’m a thinker and like to find answers to problems.  I’ve read many squash books in my junior days, watched countless squash videos, received hundreds of hours of squash coaching and beaten some of the best players in the world.

What is it then – spill the beans?

My answer lies in the two bullet points at the top of this article:

  • To play a high straight shot to the back when the ball is tight in the back corner, you must grip the racket handle so the racket face is open.  This will help you get the elevation on the shot and allow you to slightly undercut the ball to aid control.
  • To punch a deep volley, you must grip the racket handle so the racket face is flat when you make contact with the ball.

You can gather that I believe you should make slight grip changes which are dependent on the type of shot you want to execute.

I used to be very ‘text’ book when I was in my junior days and early twenties; which in hindsight was very damaging for my game.  I would read the chapter in the squash book about the squash grip, copy it, take it onto the squash court and rigidly stick to the same grip for all my shots.  Most of my focus would be on my grip instead of thinking about the target.  Looking back, it was ridiculous!  In tennis, there are massive grip changes so why shouldn’t there be grip changes in squash because they are both racket sports, right?

8 thoughts on “Squash Grip Changes

  1. Great 1st article Paul. Very informative and well written – easy to digest.
    Looking forward to the follow up’s

    Hope you get the wide audience that your are hoping for.

    Good luck.

    • Thanks Ian. I really appreciate the support. Writing has never been one of my strong points. I suppose I’ll get better the more articles I write.

  2. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory. Similarly, don’t concentrate on one single limiting technique. Find what is good for you and remember, the MOST important thing is where the balls lands.

    You must have a mind that knows where to put the ball and a brain that understands the racket face required for that shot placement to take place. Would an artist hold his paintbrush the same way irrespective of the detail required?

    Nice article Paul … keep them coming.

  3. This article actually inspired my last victory in a team match this week. I was 2-0, and 6-0 up and cruising, but he pulled it back to 2-2. I had to change something. When receiving I played with usual grip, open face so as not to concede points too cheaply. On my serve, I closed the face a little, and got more joy when attacking. Eventually came through 10-9 in the 5th. Not ideal, and probably not a recommended tactic, but certainly given me food for thought. Simon

  4. Hi Paul, I change my grip for forehand and backhand, like the majority of players and one thing I now can’t do is change in time for volley drops, any advice?

    • Hi Tom

      Don’t become fixated about how you are gripping the racket during play. Always concentrate on the target and trust that you will execute the desired shot with unwavering faith. This will help you, without any conscious thought, to find the best possible grip for playing a particular shot, in your case, the volley drop.

      The game is far too fast for conscious thought about the grip. Learn to let go and trust your subconscious.

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