03 May 2011


We've said a couple of times that there might be more to learn (to be copied) from the pros outside the top5 or top10 for the club player. Movement-wise, in terms of economy of movement, there are few guys out there more efficient than Shahier Razik. The below video, filmed from a great angle behind the front wall (I wish psasquashtv would use this angle a bit more often in its live coverages) demonstrates really well  Razik's impeccable smoothness and balance. Before the last step or lounge his steps are not only light-footed but also rather tiny, as this allows him to adjust easier in the search of the right path and distance when going towards the ball. The other thing to be noted beyond movement is his patience and intelligence: the shot-selection is almost always a percentage shot, avoiding the risk of unforced errors. Of course, this conservativeness might also be a complaint towards his game in terms of lack of spectacularity, but once again, I am rather an admirer of his deep backhand drops that is probably the only really attacking shot he employs to initiate. On the other hand, let's don't forget his opponent, Chris Ryder, a very good all-rounder himself, the only technical concern I would dare to observe is that his upper body position is way too upright. Based on the examples furnished by the likes of Matthew, Lincou or Willstrop, you are supposed to bend the knee and the upper body not only at the moment of hitting the ball, but even whilst waiting for it: this way, your first step will be more efficient, and I guess you will agree that in squash the gain of any split of a second might be decisive in search of hitting the most efficient possible next ball.