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Top Ten Examples of Misbehavior by a Squash...
Here's how you can remain a good competitor by avoiding these examples of misbehavior in squash and by following good squash etiquette.
New to Squash? Learn These Definitions for...
This squash glossary explains common terms that you may hear your squash coach use. It can help you learn the language of the sport of squash, and speed your learning.
Squash Serve - How to Hit a Good Squash Serve
A good squash serve is a valuable weapon to get you into each point, and give you control of the initial exchange. Here's how to hit a good serve in squash every time. (Demonstration by squash professional Jonathan Lam.)
Build a Home Badminton Court - An Official Home...
If you're building a badminton court at home, that doesn't mean it can't be a regulation one built to proper specifications. This method will accomplish that.
Start Your Child in Squash
There are several key steps to starting your child in squash. And a few steps to avoid. Here's a parents' guide to starting your child the right way.
Get Better at Squash - Key Squash Tips
You want to improve, don't you? Here are the key squash tips for how to improve your squash game most rapidly, whether you are a beginner or an intermediate player.
Serve Return - How to Hit a Good Serve Return...
Step by step, here's all you need to know to hit a great serve return, deal with your opponent's toughest serves, and quickly put him or her on the defensive. At the very least, you'll be back in the point, and on an even footing. You'll probably even be on the 'T', ready to dominate the point! Page 4.
So You Want to Play Badminton in the Olympics?
With this advice from an instructor and these ideas from a world-class player, here's how you can get on the Olympic track as a badminton player.
Play Safe Squash -- Know the Rules
Squash can actually be very dangerous, since there are two players running at full speed in a confined space, swinging racquets around while chasing a moving ball. Protective eyewear can help, but it's not the full solution. Knowing the rules is also essential. Here's where to go to learn the rules and stay safe.
Squash PAR Scoring - Is Point-A-Rally (PAR) the...
Point-a-Rally (PAR) scoring has its advocates and detractors in the squash community. Here are the pros and cons of the PAR scoring system in squash.
A Profile of Pickleball
Here is an overview of the easy-to-learn sport of pickleball. This short profile gives you a sense of the appeal of pickleball, its appropriateness for players of all ages, and the ease of starting to play this fun sport.
Hit a Good Serve
Your serve is the only shot that you control entirely. In fact, every racquetball point begins with a serve. Learn how to hit it well.
How to Win a Quick Point in Any Squash Match -...
Sometimes in a long, hard squash match, you just need to get one more point on the score board to break your opponent's spirit and start a series of several winning points. Here's how you can score that one quick point, by varying your serve.
How Not to Hold Your Squash Racquet
There is a right way to hold your squash racquet, and several wrong ways. Here are some of the more common wrong ways to hold your squash racquet. These squash grips lead to loss of control and precision.
Learn the Rules of Racquetball
You'll play better if you know all the rules of regulation racquetball. Begin with a sound understanding of the definitive rules of the game!
How to Avoid Popped Toenails
Popped toenails can be avoided even if you play racquet sports all the time. With proper attention to your footwear and toenail maintenance, you can avoid experiencing the pain and discomfort of popped toenails.
Practice Squash and Always Have a Good Squash...
A good squash practice session is of great value in improving the level of your squash play. Practice sessions can be even more valuable than playing competitive matches. Here is how to design, and then enjoy a good squash practice session, every time.
How to Avoid Tennis Elbow
Here's a great way to avoid tennis elbow!
Racquet Sports Categories
Racquet sports fall into two main categories: direct games and indirect games. Racquet sports in both categories are fun, fast, physically demanding, and mentally demanding. Here are some features of racquet sports in each category.
A Profile of Squash
Here are the key attributes of the sport of squash. This short profile quickly gives you a sense of the sport of squash, its prevalence around the world, and its complexity and history.
Manage Your Plantar Fasciitis
The bane of many racquet sports players, plantar fasciitis can bring great pain and take pleasure from your game. Here's how to address the diagnosis and get back on court.
Learn to Play Badminton
Here are the fundamentals of learning to play badminton; all the key shots and techniques that can transform an amateur into a competitor.
Racquetball Grip - Start With the Correct...
Holding the racquet correctly is the beginning of effective hitting in racquetball. Learn the correct racquetball grip to hit with pace and precision.
Squash Tip - How to Avoid Overhitting in Squash
This squash tip explains the perils of overhitting, what overhitting is, what problems it causes, why it is so frequent, and how to avoid it. This squash tip comes from hard-earned experience, and if you take it to heart, you won't have to make the common mistake of overhitting.
Beginner Squash - A Ball Control Drill for the...
Hit the ball about two or three feet high, straight up in the air. Keep your eyes on the ball so that you can get your racquet positioned right under it again for the next hit. Page 3.
Quick Tips for Hitting a Good Serve in Squash
In squash, the serve can determine the likely outcome for a point, so it's important to hit a good one. Here are tips for making the most of your opportunity to serve.
Racquetball Defense - The Ceiling Ball is the...
When you're under pressure, the ceiling ball is the best racquetball defense. It gives you time to safely get back into position. Here are three quick tips for how to employ this racquetball defense.
Competing On The World Stage
In Beijing, the US has fully entered the world stage for Olympic badminton. For the first time ever, the US has badminton players qualified and competing in all five events. Here are our top US Olympic badminton players.
How to Cover a Boast in Squash (How to Get a...
Being able to retrieve the ball when your opponent hits it short is very important in squash. Here's how to cover that boast, and punish your opponent for hitting short.
Quick Tips for Hitting a Good Serve Return in...
Here are three key ideas that can help you return serve effectively in squash. Implement these ideas and you'll be ready to battle for control of the squash court.
Find a Badminton Coach
You want to get the best help for improving your badminton game, don't you? Here's how you can find a coach who's right for you.
Warm Up, Play, and Stretch
You'll play better, and more safely, if you warm up first, and stretch afterwards. Here's why that matters.
Squash Serve - How to Hit a Backhand Squash Serve
The backhand squash serve has some advantages over the regular forehand serve, at least from one side of the court. Here's how to hit a backhand squash serve to best effect.
Think During Competition
During a hard-fought squash match, there’s really no time to analyze or reflect. You need simple, positive thoughts that you can remember even when you’re “brain-dead” and gasping for air. Here's how to focus on ten key ideas that can help you play your best.
Why Play Racquet Sports?
This article explores the unique characteristics of racquet sports that make them so appealing. It explains why and how they are better than other sports, for so many people.
Never Give Up - Top Ten Reasons to Never Give...
You should never give up in a squash match because the tide may turn in your favor. Here are the top ten reasons you should never give up until the very last bounce of the squash ball.
Squash Grip - Keys to an Effective Squash Grip
Squash is a very fast game, and it demands precision and power in your shot-making. Here's your most effective squash grip for meeting those demands of the sport.
Find a Badminton Partner
Here's how you can find a fellow badminton player, in only seven easy steps!
A Profile of Court Tennis
Here's what court tennis is all about. This short profile gives you a sense of the sport of court tennis, its unique features, complexity, and rich history.
A Profile of Racquetball
Here are the key attributes of the sport of racquetball. This short profile quickly gives you a sense of the excitement and accessibility of racquetball, as well as its broad appeal to players throughout North America.
All About Olympic Badminton
Everything you need to know about Olympic badminton: past Olympic medal winners in badminton, rules for qualifying and playing Olympic badminton, Olympic badminton controversies, badminton photos, Beijing badminton prospects, and much more.
Court Tennis Tips - What to Do When Receiving...
Court tennis is so complex that what you need to do when receiving serve is entirely different than what you need to do when you're serving. Here are essential court tennis tips for the receiver, in a summary form that you can put in your racquet case for handy reference whenever you change sides of the court tennis court.
Find a Racquetball Coach
You want to improve rapidly and play better racquetball, don't you? Here's how you can find a coach who's right for you.
The Relaxed Hammer Grip
This version of the squash 'hammer grip' isn't quite as extreme as some. The thumb is not overlapping the fingers, and there's not obvious tension in the grip. However, it fails to give the racquet holder much control over the head of the racquet. A player using this hammer grip will never reach his or her full potential in squash. Page 2.
Where to Get Great Racquetball Pro Videos
If you can't watch every tournament live, it's still possible to watch the best professional tournaments,
A Profile of Platform Tennis
Platform tennis, or 'paddle', is a great game for year-round fun. This short profile gives the highlights and introduces you to one racquet sport that doesn't even require strings on the racquet.
Learn the Laws of Badminton
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Racquetball Crosscourt Drive Serve - How to Hit...
Here are nine easy steps to hitting a good crosscourt drive serve in racquetball. When you mix the racquetball crosscourt drive serve with your straight drive, lob, and z serves, you will have your opponent guessing and frustrated.
Racquetball Forehand Drop and Hit Drill - Front...
Let the ball hit the floor as you continue turning your shoulders toward the back wall and you raise your racquet arm elbow. Begin to raise your front foot in anticipation of stepping forward at 45 degrees. Page 3.
Racquetball Z Serve - How to Hit a Good...
Here are ten easy steps to hitting the Z serve in racquetball. Being able to hit the Z serve, using the same service preparation as for the straight and cross-court drive serves, gives you a great way to keep your opponent guessing.
Squash Game for Juniors - Playing "Moat Man"
Moat Man (or Alligator) is a great squash game for juniors, designed to help girls and boys learn to volley the ball in the air. And, it's fun!
Too Low on the Handle
This grip is too low on the handle. Note how the heel of the palm extends into thin air below the end of the racquet handle. While racquetball players might use a grip similar to this, with respect to position on the handle, it is not particularly helpful in squash. The squash racquet is long enough for you to generate adequate pace without artificially lengthening the racquet by holding it at the very end of the grip. This grip position will lead to loss of control. Page 4.
Before You Give a Christmas or Hannukah Present...
Here's how to bring seasonal cheer to your squash player! Eight great squash gift ideas sure to make your squash player happy to celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, or the New Year.
A Profile of Badminton
Here are the key attributes of the sport of badminton. This short profile quickly gives you a sense of the sport of badminton, its worldwide popularity, and its great physical demands.
This Grip Helps Only in Very Particular...
This squash grip can actually be useful in particular situations. There are times when you might need to 'choke up' on the racquet - such as when you are caught with a ball that hugs the back wall very closely. For most situations, however, this grip is way too high up the racquet. The player will lose power, and the parts of the hand extending above the leather grip will not feel very comfortable. Page 3.
Deal With a Tough Loss in Squash
Every squash player experiences it: the tough loss. It's either a lopsided match that you lose 3-0, very quickly, while the other player dominates, or it's the even more heartbreaking defeat where you lose 8-10 in the fifth game after more than an hour of hard squash competition. In either case, the loss hurts a lot. Here's how to deal with it, rise above it, and learn to play better squash.
Find a Racquetball Partner
Here's how you can find a racquetball partner, in only eight easy steps!
Jumping In To Junior Squash -- A Guide For...
Squash can be a hard sport to begin, and a confusing one to understand. You should know that there is an excellent guide provided by US Squash that introduces juniors (and their parents) to everything they need to understand to succeed in competitive squash.
Olympic Badminton Former Stars - Where Are They...
Olympic badminton former stars don't just fade away. They coach, they emigrate, and they remain in the limelight.
One Bad Way to Hold Your Squash Racquet
The hammer grip works fine for driving nails, but not for driving squash balls. When you wrap your hand tightly around the squash grip like this, you lose control over both the location and direction of the head of your racquet. If your arm is completely perpendicular to the shaft of your racquet and all four of your fingers are touching their nearest neighbor, you are probably using the hammer grip.
Squash Game for Juniors - Playing "Power Zone"
Power Zone is a great squash game for juniors, designed to help girls and boys learn to control the center of the court. And, it's fun!
Squash Volley - The Criss-Cross Squash Volley...
Your squash improvement can be rapid when you do solo drilling to practice and perfect your shots. This repetitive volley drill can speed your squash improvement. Take your racquet back and up, and pick your target point on the front wall. It should be well above the red line and about one or two feet away from the side wall. Page 2.
Backhand Volley Drill - The Squash Solo...
Ten easy steps to learning how to hit a good backhand volley in squash. You don't even need a partner to practice your backhand volley.
Squash Gear - Big Names in Squash Gear, Squash...
If you're just starting squash and need some equipment, here are some company names you'll come across. All of these companies make good squash gear, and can help you get started with good equipment.
Racquetball Lob Serve - How to Hit a Good...
Simply let the ball drop, at a comfortable hitting distance away from your front foot. There is no need to throw the ball toward the ground. Just let gravity do its work. Your racquet head should be above your wrist. Page 2.
Squash Practice - Criss-Cross Groundstrokes...
Take a big step as needed while you hit alternating forehands and backhands. In this case, the ball landed short and a big step was needed to reach the ball. Page 10.
Badminton star Chong Wei Lee concentrates and...
Here are images of top-ranked Olympic badminton competitors, reflecting Badminton World Federation rankings as of April, 2008. These are the top men's singles Olympic badminton competitors to watch in Beijing! Page 2.
Court Tennis Tips - What to Do When Serving in...
Court tennis is so complex that what you need to do when serving is entirely different than what you need to do when you're receiving serve. Here are essential court tennis tips for the server, in a summary form that you can put in your racquet case for handy reference whenever you change to the serving side of the court tennis court.
A Profile of Jai Alai
Jai alai is an incredibly fast ball game, usually played by teams, and usually the subject of intense spectator interest and gambling. Here's a short description of this fascinating racquet (okay, basket) sport.
Biggest Controversies in Olympic Badminton...
Olympic badminton controversies began even before the sport debuted in Barcelona in 1992. Controversies surround the selection process for the teams, the way funding is allocated to athletes and coaches, and potential conflicts of interest by committee members. And that's even before we look at controversial player behavior or controversial officiating!
Practicing the Backhand Rail Drill
Toss the ball with your left hand towards the side wall. Page 2.
A Profile of Racquets
The historic game of Racquets, Rackets, or Hard Racquets is still played today, though at a small number of clubs in the United States. This short profile gives you a sense of why enthusiasts at seven clubs in the US are striving to keep this wonderful game alive.
Go to Racquetball Camp to Improve Quickly
Get a real boost for your racquetball game. Attend a weekend or week-long camp, and take your game to the next level! Here are a few things you should know in advance, as well.
Chen Wang (Hong Kong) Confounds Her Opponent
Chen Wang of Hong Kong confounds her opponent during badminton competition at the 15th Asian Games in Doha. Page 5.
The Sport of Squash - Forehand Ball Control in...
Even when the forehand stroke is complete, as in this picture, your knees should remain partially bent. The best stance in squash is one in which you are ready to move again, and in any direction. That usually means a stance in which your knees remain somewhat bent and in which you are well-balanced. Squash is such a fast-moving sport, that you can't straighten your legs, lock your knees, put your weight on your heels, and expect to have much chance of reaching your opponent's shot. Page 8.
How to Perform the Racquetball Back Wall Drive...
The back wall drive drill is a great racquetball practice session. It teaches you how to hit good forehand drives off of your opponent's shot coming off the back wall. Here's how to perform the racquetball back wall drive drill to best effect.
Join the Online Badminton Community
You may have partners with whom to play badminton, but still want more badminton conversation. Here's how to connect with the online badminton community and find discussion partners who share your sport.
Racquetball Drive Serve - From the Back
This shows the racquetball drive serve in step-by-step fashion, as viewed from behind the server. Eight easy steps to a perfect racquetball drive serve, as demonstrated by T. J. Baumbaugh.
Get the Right Badminton Equipment
Badminton equipment for competitive play includes the right shoes, racquets, strings and shuttlecocks. These online resources will help you be properly prepared.
Find a Squash Coach
You want to get the best help for improving your squash game, don't you? Here's how you can find a coach who's right for you.
Court Tennis - The Most Complex Racquet Sport
Court Tennis is a demanding game, and its unique features make it the most complex racquet sport. These four major complexities are found in no other racquet sports.
Squash Forehand Volley Drill - Mastering the...
Continue watching as you take the racquet all the way back. Note that the striker's torso is facing the side wall even though his feet are angled toward the front corner of the court. It is valuable to turn your torso fully sideways (facing the side wall), or further back, before you hit your volley. This full preparation and good upper body position will enable you to hit your volley with more power and control. Page 5.
Racquetball Drive Serve - The Racquetball Drive...
Open your hand and release the ball as you continue your cross-step towards the front wall. Begin to take your racquet hand and arm up as part of your backswing. Page 3.
A Profile of Sticke Tennis
Sticke Tennis is a game that used to be more popular than it is today. Here is a brief description of the game to give you a flavor for this historic sport.
Become a Certified Squash Referee
Refereeing a squash match can be a real challenge. Here's how to learn the rules, become the best referee you can be, and get certified as an official referee by US Squash.
Find a Squash Partner
Here's how you can find a squash partner, in only eight easy steps!
Protect Your Eyes -- They're Worth It !
It's worth taking the time to protect your eyes from damage on the court. The impact of a moment could last a lifetime. Wear eye protection.
Backhand Short Rails Drill - How to Hit Perfect...
Here is a drill to help you perfect your backhand short rail shot in squash. This solo drill will help you learn to hit the ball along the side wall, using a well-controlled backhand stroke.
Squash Backhand Rail Drill - Advanced Version
The advanced version of the backhand rail drill in squash requires hitting the ball after it bounces off of the back wall. This is a very demanding and realistic drill that can hone your backhand drives to razor sharpness. Here is how to perform this drill step by step.
Top Ten Ways to Stay Healthy
These are the top ten ways for you to stay healthy and injury-free as a racquet sports player.
Where to Get Great Squash Pro Videos
Squash videos can show you how the professionals work their magic on the squash court, and the quality of the videos has gotten better over the years. The technology is now good enough to track that fast moving ball! Here are some sources for great video recordings of professional play.
Bob Malaythong - USA Olympic Badminton Contender
Bob Malaythong will compete in badminton for the USA at the Beijing Olympics in mens doubles. Malaythong, from Rockville, MD and Orange , CA, will pair with Howard Bach.
Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir (INA)
Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir in mixed doubles badminton competition at the Yonex All England Open.
Increase Lower Arm Strength for Control
Most racquet sports require exceptional strength in the player's lower arm in order for them to fully control the racquet, and control their shot. Here's a great way to increase your lower arm strength.
Howard Bach - USA Badminton's World Champion...
Howard Bach will compete in badminton for the USA at the Beijing Olympics in mens doubles and mixed doubles. Bach is already a world champion badminton player, and now looks to add Olympic medals to his collection.
Join the Online Squash Community
Join up with the online squash community to find kindred spirits who are asking the same questions you are, and who have answers to share.
Intermediate Squash - Roll Corner Drill for the...
Intermediate squash players need to learn quite a few shots. A good one to use on occasion is the roll corner. This roll corner drill can work for squash beginners, but it is best for intermediate squash players who want to practice quick racquet preparation and learn how to put spin on the ball for maximum effectiveness.
Your First Racquet
Tips for getting your first racquet
Forehand Short Rail Drill - How to Practice...
When you succeed in hitting a ball that travels closely along the side wall, be ready to take a big step to hit the next ball. Each ball should travel closely along the side wall. As you gain control, try to keep all shots within one foot width of the side wall. Page 10.
Kenneth Jonassen of Denmark about to smash
Kenneth Jonassen of Denmark executes a badminton smash during play at the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open. Page 5.
Racquetball Forehand Drop and Hit Drill - Back...
Follow through with your weight transferring forward, and the racquet head coming up and around your body. Page 7.
Squash Rail Drill - Complete the Drill
Here's the rest of the squash rail drill - a sequence of forehand rails that can last a few shots or a few hundred. Practice this drill by yourself until you can hit a perfect forehand every time, with pace and with control.
Bo Zheng and Ling Gao, Chinese mixed doubles team
Bo Zheng and Ling Gao in mixed doubles competition at the Yonex All England Open. Page 2.
Eva Lee - USA Olympic Badminton Contender
Eva Lee will compete in badminton for the USA at the Beijing Olympics in women's singles and doubles, and in mixed doubles. Eva Lee is already a three-event gold medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games, and is looking to add to her medal collection.
Cross-Train for Fitness
Here are some tested suggestions for cross-training that can help a racquet sports player stay fit and healthy.
Plenty of Surface Area For a Good Cleansing
Win or lose, you will recover from your match after showering in these showers at the men's locker room at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. You almost need a snorkel to enjoy these showers; they dump so much water on you, that you can barely breathe. It's quite a cleansing experience. Page 4.
Olympic Badminton Mixed Doubles Stars for...
Indonesia Badminton - Indonesia Olympic Badminton Mixed Doubles Competitors
How to Play Squash - The Criss-Cross Drill for...
Watch the ball hit the side wall, after it hits the front wall, and begin to rebound back toward your position on the T. Since this shot comes back to the center of the court, you would rarely use it in a real match. It is great for drilling however, if you want to practice your groundstrokes and your hand-eye coordination. Page 4.
Squash Drill - The Alternating Drives Drill for...
Continue the drill, hitting alternating forehands and backhands with full power. Note the full backswing here for a full-power forehand drive. During the backswing, the racquet head is entirely vertical, and is held well above your head. That full backswing can help you generate the power you need to hit the ball all the way across the court in this demanding drill. Page 9.
Lin Zhu (China) Moving and Smashing
Lin Zhu of China leaps and smashes during play at the Yonex Korea Open badminton championship. Page 4.
Things to Avoid When Playing Racquetball
When you play racquetball, the walls, the ball, and your racquet can work together to create just what you want. Or not. Here are a few things to avoid.
Jin Chen about to carve a forehand
Jin Chen (China) in play at the Yonex All England Open badminton championship. Page 4.
Finding a Virtual Racquetball Coach
While they can't do as much for you as a personal coach, online coaches can help you begin to improve your racquetball play. Here are several coaches offering some free online tips, as well as recorded lessons, that you should definitely check out.
Four Men, Four Walls, And Only One Ball
Doubles squash is a great game, offering physical and strategic challenges for squash players of all
Olympic Squash - The Case for Olympic Squash
The case for Olympic squash is sound, and squash should be included in the Olympics. Here are the main reasons why squash should be in the Olympics, and some history of the World Squash Federation's campaign for Olympic squash. Page 2.
Where to Get Great Badminton Pro Videos
Badminton videos can show you how the professional badminton players move and hit, and execute their strategy. They also highlight badminton's tremendous worldwide popularity, and showcase the athleticism of the players. Here are some sources for great video recordings of professional badminton play.
Xingfang Xie Exhibits Poise And Focus
Xingfang Xie exhibits her poise, balance, and focus during competition at the Yonex Japan Open badminton championship.
Who's Going to Win the Beijing Olympics...
Here are key predictions for the Olympic badminton medalists at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Mens and womens singles badminton, mens and womens doubles badminton, and mixed doubles are all predicted. China's domination of the Olympic badminton medal hunt is expected, but certainly not assured.

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