Khan Tips #2 – the Serve

Time to hone your game in the quiet Summer period with a series of tips from Khan Squash … unashamedly repeated from our archives !

Khan Tips #2 – The Serve


The point starts with a serve; it continues into a rally for position; and then either you or your opponent finishes the point with a winner or a mistake.

Let’s discuss how you should start a point.

The point starts with a serve. This makes the serve important, but many squash players focus on the wrong aspect of the serve. I have seen players try to get their serves tighter and tighter.

SH_942But, you should know that developing an ace serve is a waste of time. A good serve should be hit close to the walls to restrict your opponent’s swing. That is all.

Nowhere will you find that you need to develop a service ace.

You should concentrate more on your opponent’s return. You need to differentiate a straight return from a crosscourt or a drop.

What I’m getting at, is that in squash serves don’t count as much as reading your opponent’s return of serve and the way you prepare for that return.

khansquashThe best way to prepare for a service return is to get in the crouch position. Get ready to pounce on the ball.

Make sure your opponent sees this. It’ll add mental pressure to his or her return.

Mental pressure works best when your opponent sees you hovering on the “T” in the crouch position right after a tight serve.

Try it!

Sakhi Khan


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