We all know that professional squash players play the game at a different level. The combination of agility, aggressiveness, anticipation and speed make the game a pleasure to watch. Rallies never seem to end as players hit nicks, retrieve kill shots, lob, and drop, re-drop and re-re-drop. The game clearly is being played more in the fore-court than off the back wall. Hard shots are good, but touch is better. Accuracy is paramount whether it is a drop, drive or a clearing lob. And then, there is the fake! As the difference in the level of skill-sets among top players get minimal, key points are won and lost with the surprise element of a fake or deception.
Here are five rallies, the likes of which you are unlikely to see at your local squash club. Since the videos are embedded from You Tube, you may have to bear with the advertisements that precede the video clips.
Double fake squash shot by James Willstrop
You may have seen some players fake before they hit a kill shot, but how about a double fake?
Backhand topspin drop by David Palmer
It is hard enough to hit a tight drop with the right touch to avoid the ball sitting up; then, how do you hit a topspin drop on the backhand?
Behind the back shots by Alistair Walker
Can you hit behind-the-back attacking shots, twice in one rally?
Display of quick hands by Ramy Ashour
How fast can you react when the ball comes right back at you?
Diving boast by Wael We Hindi
I would classify this under the “do not try this at your local squash club” category!
This last video is not about a rally. It shows the amount of precision and control players like Ramy Ashour have.
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