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Squash Serve - How to Hit a Good Squash Serve
Be sure to think about exactly where on the front wall you want the ball to hit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
How to Avoid Tennis Elbow
Here's a great way to avoid tennis elbow!
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.
Beginner Squash - A Ball Control Drill for the...
Beginner squash starts with getting control of the racquet and the ball. This simple ball control drill is a great starting point for the squash beginner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Squash Grip - Keys to an Effective Squash Grip
Simply wrap your fingers loosely around the grip. Page 2.
Squash Serve - How to Hit a Backhand Squash Serve
Backhand Squash Serve - Take Racquet Arm Back. Page 2.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Racquetball Z Serve - How to Hit a Good...
Let the ball drop while letting the ball travel forward almost all the way to the forward service zone line. Make solid contact when the ball reaches calf height, well in front of your front foot. Your target is the left corner of the front wall. Page 6.
Learn the Laws of Badminton
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
Racquetball Forehand Drop and Hit Drill - Back...
Be sure that the ball returns straight from the front wall. You should not hit the side wall in this drill. The goal is a perfectly straight shot that travels directly along the floorboards, as in this example. The ball MUST come back along your forehand side, without hitting the side wall. Ideally, the ball will come back right near where you made contact with it. Page 9.
Racquetball Lob Serve - How to Hit a Good...
When the ball rebounds to its full height, about at your waist, hit under it with a gentle lifting motion. Your racquet's strings are contacting the lower back of the ball. No spin is necessary, but you need to rotate your shoulders as you hit to generate some lift for the shot. It is also helpful to shift your weight forward onto your front foot as you hit. Page 3.
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.
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.
Racquetball Drive Serve - From the Back
As you complete the step with your rear foot, drop the ball and take your racquet back in preparation for a full swing. You should turn your shoulders back toward the back wall as well, in order to have a full windup that will give you power when you swing. A lot of the power in your shot comes from trunk rotation, so be sure to rotate your trunk during your backswing so that your shoulders face back towards the back wall. Page 3.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Find a Racquetball Partner
Here's how you can find a racquetball partner, in only eight easy steps!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Find a Squash Partner
Here's how you can find a squash partner, in only eight easy steps!
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.
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.
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.
Squash Drill - The Alternating Drives Drill for...
Follow-through to complete your first forehand in a long series of alternating forehand and backhand drives. The ball should hit the side wall high enough so that it rebounds completely across the court to the opposite side wall in the air. Page 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your First Racquet
Tips for getting your first racquet
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 Practice - Criss-Cross Groundstrokes...
This squash practice drill can help you groove in your forehand and backhand groundstrokes. Solo squash practice like this is essential if you want to play your best during competition. Here's the sequence for productive squash practice, as viewed from the front of the court.
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.
Squash Volley - The Criss-Cross Squash Volley...
This squash volley drill, as viewed from the front, highlights how watching the ball is essential to hitting a good squash volley. Here are the steps to practicing your volley all by yourself on the squash court.
Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir (INA)
Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir in mixed doubles badminton competition at the Yonex All England Open.
Intermediate Squash - Ball Control for the...
After hitting the backhand, turn your racquet over again for another forehand. This ball control drill can last a long time for an intermediate squash player. The challenge is to perform the drill without needing to move your feet, and with all ball contact made solidly in the center of your strings each time. Page 6.
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.
Squash Backhand Rail Drill - Advanced Version
As the ball descends, bring your racquet arm forward and hit the ball high onto the front wall of the squash court. Page 2.
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.
Racquetball Forehand Drop and Hit Drill - Front...
As the ball rebounds to its full height, raise your racquet head and extend your front foot forward. Your chest should be facing almost all the way towards the back wall. Use your non-racquet arm for balance as you fully raise your racquet arm. Keep watching the ball. Page 4.
Practicing the Backhand Rail Drill
Toss the ball with your left hand towards the side wall. 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.
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.
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.
Watching Racquet Sports Professionals from Your...
You can watch racquet sports professionals on the Tennis Channel even if you don't care much about tennis.
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.
Jin Chen about to carve a forehand
Jin Chen (China) in play at the Yonex All England Open badminton championship. Page 4.
Architecture Highlights the Sport
This is the crest above the entrance at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. These aren't squash racquets or tennis racquets, they are racquets racquets! It's a fast game, and very exciting. Page 3.
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.
Squash Rail Drill - How to Start the Squash...
Squash Rail Drill - Prepare to Toss the Ball Onto the Side Wall. Page 2.
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.
Find a Badminton Partner
Here's how you can find a fellow badminton player, in only seven easy steps!
Squash Rail Drill - Complete the Drill
As the ball comes close, take your racquet head absolutely vertical so that you can easily generate lots of racquet head speed, yet keep control. Turn your shoulders further back towards the back wall. Page 3.
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.
Ning Zhang sends the shuttle on its way
Ning Zhang of China sends the shuttle on its way in competition at the Yonex Japan Open badminton championship. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Forehand Short Rail Drill - How to Practice...
Here's how to perfect your forehand shot along the wall in squash. The forehand short rail drill will help you practice a perfect forehand, and will give you lots of repetitions so you can hit a perfect forehand shot without even thinking. Your shots will be so close to the side wall that they will frustrate your opponents.
Womens Singles Badminton Competitors for the...
Here are images of top-ranked Olympic badminton competitors, reflecting Badminton World Federation rankings as of April, 2008. These are the top women's singles Olympic badminton competitors to watch in Beijing!
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.
Perhaps the Fastest Ball Sport
Since 1889, racquets enthusiasts have been playing at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. Today, the club offers instruction and play in squash, doubles squash, racquets, and court tennis. There are also quite a few amenities, such as fine dining, lodging, swimming, and pro shops to provide court enthusiasts with all the equipment and clothing they might ever need. Page 2.
Four Men, Four Walls, And Only One Ball
Doubles squash is a great game, offering physical and strategic challenges for squash players of all
A Tour of a Racquet-Swinger's Paradise
You can find everything for the racquets enthusiast at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia: squash, doubles squash, court tennis, racquets, pro shops, fine dining, swimming, lodging, and many amenities.
Cross-Train for Fitness
Here are some tested suggestions for cross-training that can help a racquet sports player stay fit and healthy.
A Nexus for Racquet Play Since 1889
This is a racquet-man's paradise. The Racquet Club of Philadelphia provides facilities for squash, doubles squash, racquets, court tennis, and table tennis. Along with the best showers I've ever enjoyed.
Starting Young in Squash Helps a Lot
Juniors practicing squash drop shots during a lesson drill at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. After hitting this drop shot, the boy will next run to the left side of the court to hit a deep backhand drive. Then back again to hit another drop shot. And so forth. In this way, he hits shots in a pattern that mimics the pattern of a real squash match. He also gets a good physical workout! Page 6.
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.
Yang Yu (China) hits a backhand in women's...
Yang Yu (China) hits a backhand in women's doubles play at the Yonex All England Open championship. Her mixed doubles partner Hanbin He is not pictured. Page 4.
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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