Results Gym with 4 International squash courts is a hotbed of squash excitement in the DC area. The squash program is led by a power house of professionals, Wendy Lawerence- Director of squash, Fabien Sarran- Head Pro,
Over the last 10 years Results Squash Program has developed winning local league teams and top US juniors. Results currently has 6 teams in the DC area metro league and boasts 2 division 1 teams currently ranked 1 and 2 in the league standing. The Results Junior Squash program is the biggest in the area and has developed some juniors ranked in the top 5 of their respective age groups in the US. Recently squash was voted healthiest and most athletic sport by Forbes magazine beating out other sports such as rowing, basketball and running. Squash is a fun and sociable game and a great way to burn calories.
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KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL
In my experiences of coaching one thing keeps coming up over and over again regardless of playing ability; that is watching the ball. All coaches and pro’s say "watch the ball". During a rally your opponent will be either in front, behind, or parallel to you. There is only one way to watch in each of these circumstances.
When your opponent is in front of you, it is easy to see where and when your opponent is going to hit the ball. The secret is to stay as close to your opponent as possible, without crowding, as he or she is striking the ball. This adds mental pressure to your opponent because by doing this your opponent knows you're ready, especially for a drop. If your opponent is in front, remember the drop is the most likely shot that should be played. And this means trouble. In reality, the most common shot from the club level player at the front is the crosscourt drive. If you move up the court to cover the drop you will also be in a position to cover the cross-court. Just get to the T, watch your opponent and get on your toes. Always remember, hit and get to the T, hit and get to the T.
When your opponent is next to you or behind you, try not to look directly at the ball. Use your peripheral vision. The reason to do this is that it may be physically impossible to follow a fast crosscourt and turn your head at the same time. Use your eyeballs instead of your head and neck. A good reference point is the serve line that runs across the floor of the court. Follow the ball with your eye to this line and then lock your eye at the serve line area and let your peripheral vision track the ball to your opponent's racquet.
The only exception is if you've hit a high length shot that comes off high on the back wall. In this instance you need to watch your opponent closely. Just make sure you're watching from the front while on the "T".
Remember three things; watch the ball, move with the ball, but stay away from the ball.