Below I’ve listed some of the basic squash shots that you’ll find are most commonly used in the game of squash.
The straight drive is the simplest of all squash shots and its purpose is to get the ball to the back of the court and your opponent away from the T (the prime position in the centre of the court).
The ball is struck with sufficient force so as to hit the front wall and return close to the side wall, making its first bounce in the service box. The closer it is to the wall the more difficult it is for your opponent to return.
This shot allows you to move your opponent backwards so you can seize the T.
A boast shot is any shot that hits a side wall before striking the front wall. This could be a two-wall boast (where the ball is hit at the nearest wall, strikes the front wall and bounces twice before hitting the far-side wall), or a three-wall boast (this requires more force that the two-wall boast as the intention is for the ball to strike the far-side wall).
The boast can be used as an attacking shot or defending shot. It can pull the opponent to the front wall allowing you to return their shot with a straight drive that they are not in position to return, or, if hit just right, a two-wall boast can send the ball too low against the far-side wall to return.
A drop shot is one of the most challenging shots for you opponent to face. It involves a lighter touch, sending the ball gently into a front wall corner. The ball rebounds softly staying close to the front wall or side wall.
It can either be played from the front of the court to force your opponent to race into the front corner, or it can be played long from the rear of the court, taking your opponent by surprise as they expect a straight drive.
A drop shot can be played straight or as a cross-court shot.
The lob shot is played high against the front wall with just enough force to rebound high over the heads of the players, making it fall into the back of the court.
It can be used as an attacking shot when you are positioned in the front of the court, as your opponent is lured in close expecting a gentle drop shot, only to have the ball lobbed over their heads to the back of the court. As they dart forward it becomes very challenging to change direction and get behind the ball to return it.
A defensive lob shot would be useful if you were positioned near the back of the court and the ball was too tight too the corner for a straight drive. In this instance a high lob would still send the ball to the rear of the court but buy you time to get to the T.
A kill shot takes great skill and practice and is so named because when it’s pulled off perfectly it often “kills” the rally!
A kill shot is usually played from mid-court where the ball is played hard and fast at the front wall so that it rebounds low and strikes the side wall so low that it sends the ball rolling across the floor. A perfect kill shot will see the ball land in the “nick”, the juncture where the side wall meets the floor. This is one of the most powerful squash shots!