In order for us to produce GREAT movement, we must adopt criteria that facilitates this art, that good squash players do with seeming less ease. The great Jansher Khan appeared to also be almost walking around the court no matter what his opponent threw at him. Very rarely, did the gazing public ever see him in full flight moving to a ball under pressure. So how does a player re-create this type of movement and how can you, the budding squash player, gain these advantages and make them integral to you squash package.
A great mover MUST excel in the following 2 areas. These are listed in order of importance
- A great shot which puts your opponent under as much pressure as possible.
- A non-erratic approach to the ‘T’
Firstly the quality of shot, related to both good movement and anticipation is probably the most critical facet of all three. A great quality of shot means that your opponent will be under lots of pressure. The more pressure your opponent is under, the less time they have on the ball. This results in a limitation in shot selection and makes the opponent easier to read. Conversely, if your opponent has LOTS of time on a ball due to a badly executed shot, it follows that they have choice of a more vast range of shots and makes them a much harder opponent to anticipate.
Secondly, we will look at the idea of deploying a NON ERRATIC approach to the ‘T’. This type of approach will mean that your movement is more flowing and less ‘Stop Start’ … an obvious advantage when moving in squash, as the more efficient you are, the longer you will last in battle. Let’s look at the following scenario: Your opponent has played a straight length to the back of the court. You go and retrieve it and RUSH to the ‘T’ in readiness for his next shot. You arrive at the ‘T’ with momentum going forward as he hits a hard deep cross court past you. Think of the stress on your body to change that forward momentum into movement to the back again to pick up that cross court. This is VERY in efficient! Consider Jansher in the same scenario … Jansher would try and make his movement such that he was walking to the ‘T’ with very little forward momentum such that if a ball is played short, he can transform that ‘walk’ into a graceful glide to the front of the court. Consider Jansher again, the same ‘T’ approach and same hard hit cross court is played. Jansher is still at an advantage in this scenario because he hasn’t got a lot of forward momentum due to his stealth like ‘T’ approach and consequently, it is much easier to transfer this into movement to the back again.
In summary, hit a great shot that puts your opponent under maximum pressure such there shot options are limited … stalk the ‘T’ in a stealth like manner anticipating the next shot and strike like a cobra when the opening is laid out in front of you.