Khan Tips #9: Get a Grip

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#9: Get a Grip

SH_1291Holding the racquet correctly is very important in squash. But, did you know that the speed of your wrist and power can be enhanced with a slight adjustment to your grip.

The standard grip says to hold the racquet at an angle as if shaking someone’s hand. It also says to hold the middle of the grip. Combining both keeps your swing steady.

But, sometimes a fast wrist is needed for a quick kill or a quick reflex shot; and sometimes a players needs that extra power to drive the ball deep into the corners. If you’ve ever fallen into this sort of a situation, which I’m sure all of you have, then a little grip adjustment could give you an edge.

If you hold the grip up high or choke up, you’ll notice a faster wrist immediately. Practice hitting the ball while adjusting your grip. Hit a few shots in the middle grip position, then hold the grip higher. You’ll notice a faster and lighter racquet head. This is ideal for a quick volley and digging out those hard to get deep backwall shots.

SH_1292The higher grip shortens your swing radius helping to make your wrist roll through a shot more comfortably. The more comfortable your wrist, the faster you’ll snap it. Use the high grip for all tight shots from the back corners to delicate drops. For drops a quick wrist isn’t needed, but the higher grip helps your racquet handling to hit the winner.

Keep practising alone and now hit the ball while holding the end of the grip. You’ll notice a shift in weight to the head of the racquet. This will increase power. I always slide my hand down to the end of the racquet for that crushing power sometimes needed. But, since the racquet feels heavier, I use it when I have time to take a full swing at the ball.

If you practice adjusting your grip, it’ll become subconscious during match play. The best titanium or graphite racquets will never improve your wrist or power game unless you know how to do it yourself.

Sakhi Khan

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