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Ball Control Drill for the Squash Beginner
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.

Beginning Squash - Ball Release for Ball Control Drill
Turn your racquet face so that the forehand side faces the ceiling. Make a simple toss of the ball with your non-racquet hand, and watch the ball closely. Your goal is to hit the ball very lightly right in the center of your racquet strings and bounce it repetitively on your racquet.

Squash Beginner - Beginners Should Hit the Squash Ball About Three Feet High
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.

Beginning Squash - Ball Control is the Beginning to Good Squash
Keep your eyes on the ball and move your racquet gently to where the ball will drop right onto the center of the strings. Repeat at least ten times, with good control so that you don't have to move your feet at all.

Starting Squash - Starting the Squash Ball Control Drill on the Backhand Side
Turn your racquet so that the backhand side of the racquet faces the ceiling. Position the ball above the center of the strings, and get ready to bounce the ball repetitively on your backhand side.

Squash Ball Control Drill - Toss the Ball Gently to Your Backhand Side
Toss the ball gently upwards so that it will land near the center of your racquet strings. Watch the ball closely and keep the face of your squash racquet parallel to the floor, aiming straight up at the ceiling.

Ball Control - Good Ball Control on the Center of the Strings
Your best ball control comes from hitting the ball with the exact center of your racquet strings. Watch closely and move the racquet so that the ball hits the center of your strings.

Learning Squash - Two Feet High is Best for Learning Squash Ball Control
Hit the ball about two feet high each time you hit it. Repeat for at least ten good hits, without moving your feet much at all. Try to hit the ball absolutely straight up each time. That way, you won't have to move very much to keep the drill going.

Squash PAR Scoring - Is Point-A-Rally (PAR) the Death of Squash?
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.

Is Point-A-Rally (PAR) the Death of Squash?
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. Page 2.

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Backhand Squash Serve - Turn Your Shoulder and Get Your Racquet Head Up
Backhand Squash Serve - Racquet Back With Racquet Head Up

Backhand Squash Serve - Make Contact with the Ball
Make contact with the ball around shoulder height, near the center of the court. Watch the ball onto the strings of your racquet to ensure clean contact with the center of the strings. This will give you a good backhand squash serve.

Backhand Squash Serve - After Hitting, Move to the Center
Backhand Squash Serve - After hitting, you can remove your foot from within the service box and begin to move to the center of the court, called the 'T'.

Backhand Squash Serve - Reach the T and Watch Your Opponent
Backhand Squash Serve - You should reach the T with just one more step, and watch your opponent to see how well your serve worked.

Backhand Squash Serve - Position Fully on the T, Ready to Move
Backhand Squash Serve - Position fully on the T, with your racquet head up and your racquet in front of you. Be ready to move to where your opponent is hitting the ball.

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.

Backhand Squash Serve - Take the Racquet Back and Toss From Underneath
Backhand Squash Serve - Take Racquet Arm Back

Watch the Ball Come Back Straight Along the Floorboards
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.

Racquetball Forehand Drop and Hit Drill - Front View
The best solo practice for racquetball includes the forehand drop and hit drill. Here's how to perform the drill so you improve your forehand as quickly as possible.

Raise Your Racquet and Your Racquet Arm Elbow, Get Your Weight Onto Your Back Foot, and Prepare to Drop the Racquetball
As you prepare to drop the racquetball to the floor from waist height, shift your weight onto your back foot so that you will be able to more easily transfer it forward when you hit your shot. Begin to rotate your shoulders towards the back wall so that you will be able to rotate your torso into the shot as well. Raise the racquet head and begin to look closely at the ball.

Let the Ball Hit the Floor, Raise Your Racquet Arm Elbow, and Raise Your Front Foot
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.

Raise the Racquet Head, Extend Your Front Foot Forward, and Wait for the Ball to Descend to Hitting Height
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.

Step Forward, Rotate Your Shoulders, and Make Contact at Knee Height
Step forward, rotate your shoulders into the shot, and make contact when the ball drops back to knee height. The ball should be just in front of your front foot.

Good Wrist Snap Adds More Pace to Your Shot
Adding good wrist snap right when you hit the ball will add even more pace to your shot. This combination of good shoulder/trunk rotation, good forward weight transfer as you step, and good wrist snap at contact will give your shot plenty of zip.

Follow Through Forward and Up
Follow through with your weight transferring forward, and the racquet head coming up and around your body.

Complete Your Follow-Through
Complete your follow-through by letting the racquet come around your shoulders and behind your head.

Racquetball Lob Serve - How to Hit a Good Racquetball Lob Serve
These six steps show you how to hit a good racquetball lob serve every time. A well-hit racquetball lob serve is effective, and gives you time to prepare for the return.

Racquetball Lob Serve - Drop the Ball to Begin the Racquetball Lob Serve
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.

Racquetball Lob Serve - Hit Under the Ball for a Good Racquetball Lob Serve
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.

Racquetball Lob Serve - Hit High on the Front Wall for a Good Racquetball Lob Serve
Follow through by swinging your racquet forward and up, rotating your shoulders around for a full swing. As you transfer your weight fully onto your front leg, the ball should strike the front wall a few feet below the ceiling and a few feet to the left of the side wall. The front wall contact point shown in this picture is just about perfect.

Racquetball Lob Serve - The Arc of a Good Racquetball Lob Serve
The ball continues upward after hitting the front wall, making a nice arc as it heads toward the back wall. Feel free to use the full height of the court for the top part of this arc. The ball should not hit the ceiling, however. It is equally important that the ball not hit the side wall on its way back to the back wall.

Racquetball Lob Serve - A Good Racquetball Lob Serve Lands Deep
Notice the trajectory of the ball in this lob serve. It falls steeply and lands deep in the court, well behind the service box. It is far enough away from the side wall so that it doesn't hit the side wall before it hits the back wall. In match play, rather than as shown in this demonstration, the server would be moving into better court position by this time.

Backhand Volley Drill - The Squash Solo Backhand Volley Drill
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.

Backhand Volley Drill - Use An Open Stance When Needed
It's fine to use an open stance on occasion. If the ball is far away from the side wall, you may need to move your front foot further away from the side wall, as in this example. With this foot position, it is especially important to have your chest facing the side wall when you make contact with the ball.

Backhand Volley Drill - Toss the Ball to Start
Gently toss the ball up to start the backhand volley drill. Your racquet must already be back before you make the toss

Backhand Volley Drill - Make Contact In the Air
Do not let the ball hit the floor. Hit the ball in the air, making contact somewhere between shoulder height and waist height. Hold the racquet so that the face of the racquet is at an angle pointing upwards. You want to hit the ball up, above the red line on the front wall, so the racquet face must be 'open' at contact, not perpendicular to the floor.

Backhand Volley Drill - Follow Through With Racquet Head Up
Follow through, completing your volley, with the racquet head up. Your racquet head should remain well above your wrist throughout the shot. After you have hit the ball and completed most of your follow-through, watch the front wall (as in this picture) to see where the ball will go next.

Backhand Volley Drill - Move to Where the Ball Will Go Next
Take your racquet back as you move your feet to place you where the ball is going. You want to hit the next volley at around shoulder height, so you need to quickly move to the correct location. Watch the ball closely as it rebounds from the front wall and travels through the air.

Backhand Volley Drill - Step Across With Your Front Foot
Step across with your front foot as you take the racquet fully back. Since the ball is traveling very close to the side wall in this picture, the striker took a big step.

Backhand Volley Drill - Make Contact Around Shoulder Height
Make contact around shoulder height, before the ball bounces. Your racquet head is still above your wrist.

Backhand Volley Drill - Follow Through With Racquet Head Up And With Balance
Follow through with your racquet head up, and with your left arm extended back towards the back wall for good balance. Your left arm is counter-balancing your right arm. Your weight is on your forward foot as you complete your volley.

Backhand Volley Drill - Move and Repeat
Move again as the ball rebounds, repeating the volleys as long as you can. Try for ten in a row, then more. This volley is hit at the ideal shoulder height.

Solo Drill - Wait for the Ball to Come Off the Back Wall
Once the ball rebounds from the back wall, stop it with your racquet and repeat the drill. Take time to get settled and balanced, and perform the drill with precision each time you repeat it. Do at least ten in a row.

Raise the Racquet Head, Extend Your Front Foot Forward, and Wait for the Ball to Descend to Hitting Height
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.

Wrist Snap - Good Wrist Snap Adds More Pace to Your Shot
Adding good wrist snap right when you hit the ball will add even more pace to your shot. This combination of good shoulder/trunk rotation, good forward weight transfer as you step, and good wrist snap at contact will give your shot plenty of zip.

Follow Through Forward and Up
Follow through with your weight transferring forward, and the racquet head coming up and around your body.

Complete Your Follow-Through
Complete your follow-through by letting the racquet come around your shoulders and behind your head.

Watch the Ball Come Back Straight Along the Floorboards
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.

Raise Your Racquet and Your Racquet Arm Elbow, Get Your Weight Onto Your Back Foot, and Prepare to Drop the Racquetball
As you prepare to drop the racquetball to the floor from waist height, shift your weight onto your back foot so that you will be able to more easily transfer it forward when you hit your shot. Begin to rotate your shoulders towards the back wall so that you will be able to rotate your torso into the shot as well. Raise the racquet head and begin to look closely at the ball.

Step Forward, Rotate Your Shoulders, and Make Contact at Knee Height
Step forward, rotate your shoulders into the shot, and make contact when the ball drops back to knee height. The ball should be just in front of your front foot.

Let the Ball Hit the Floor, Raise Your Racquet Arm Elbow, and Raise Your Front Foot
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.

Racquetball Forehand Drop and Hit Drill - Back View
The best solo practice for racquetball includes the forehand drop and hit drill. Here's how to perform the drill so you improve your forehand as quickly as possible.

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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.)

Squash Serve - Control the "T"
Your good, deep serve has earned you the

Squash Serve - Focus on Your Front Wall Target
Be sure to think about exactly where on the front wall you want the ball to hit.

Squash Serve - Toss the Ball in Front of You
Make a simple toss with your left hand extended, tossing the ball in front of you, and just above head height.

Squash Serve - Watch The Ball While Hitting It
To make good contact, you must watch the ball while striking it. Remember where your desired point of contact was on the front wall, but watch the ball closely while hitting it.

Squash Serve - Transfer Weight Onto Front Foot
As you hit the squash serve, you transfer your body weight forward to add pace, and subsequent depth to your serve.

Squash Serve - Finish Your Stroke
After you make contact, be sure to finish your swing completely, then begin to move into better court position. You will not be in good position to get your opponent's most likely shots if you remain standing within the service box.

Squash Serve - Take a Big Step Toward the T
Take a big initial step toward the center of the court right after you complete your service swing.

Squash Serve - Watch Your Opponent
A key to a good squash serve is to watch your opponent and the ball as you move into good court position. That way, you can discern where the ball will travel next, and the best direction for your next steps.

Squash Serve - Slow Down At The Center Of The Court
As you reach the center of the court, you can slow down and get ready to change directions in response to your opponent's serve return.

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Racquetball Z Serve - Look Over Your Shoulder to See What's Coming Next
Once the ball has crossed behind you, look over your right shoulder to see what serve return your opponent is hitting. Do this as you continue to move back to a good court position. Page 10.

Racquetball Z Serve - Extend Your Ball Arm and Begin to Raise Your Racquet
Begin to move your weight toward the front wall by taking a cross-behind step with your rear foot, as you extend your ball arm and get ready to drop the ball. Page 2.

Racquetball Z Serve - Simply Drop the Ball As You Step Behind
Reach further with your rear foot for a full step, and drop the ball as you do so. There is no need to throw the ball towards the floor of the court. Just let it drop by removing your hand. Page 3.

Racquetball Z Serve - Lower Arm and Racquet Parallel to the Floor
As you step towards the front wall with your front foot, raise your racquet arm so that your lower arm and the racquet are roughly parallel to the floor. Turn your waist (rotate your trunk) away from the front wall, so that your chest faces more towards the back wall. Page 4.

Racquetball Z Serve - Racquet Head Up and Lead With Your Elbow
Complete your step as you take the racquet head all the way to a vertical position, and begin your downswing by leading with your elbow. Note that your front foot is at a 45 degree angle, aiming toward the front corner of the court. It is also not all the way forward to the front line of the service zone. These are two very important differences when you are hitting the Z serve, rather than the straight drive serve. Page 5.

Racquetball Z Serve - Make Contact at Calf Height, Forward of Your Front Foot
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.

Racquetball Z Serve - Follow Through Toward the Front Left Corner
Follow through toward the front left corner of the court, sending the ball onto the front wall about two feet above the floor and about two feet in from the left wall. The contact point of the ball (that blurry streak) on the front wall is just about perfect in this example. Page 7.

Racquetball Z Serve - Watch the Ball Hit the Side Wall
Watch the ball quickly hit the side wall as you complete your follow-through. Page 8.

Racquetball Z Serve - Let the Ball Pass Behind You
As the ball passes behind you, across the center of the court, begin your recovery to a better court position. The receiver will not be allowed to strike the ball until it passes the interference line, five feet behind the back edge of the service area. By that time, you should be moving back to a better court position. Page 9.

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The Racquets Crest at Racquet Club of Philadelphia
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.

Junior Squash - Instruction for Squash Juniors at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia
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.

Backhand Rail Drill - Make Contact Down Low, and Repeat
Make contact down low to hit another good backhand rail, then keep moving and hit as many of these backhands in a row as you can. Each time, the ball should hit the front wall, take one bounce, and be struck again. Each time, you should hit perfectly straight. Page 10.

Backhand Rail Drill - Toss The Ball Toward the Side Wall
Toss the ball with your left hand towards the side wall. Page 2.

Backhand Rail Drill - Let the Ball Hit the Wall
Let the ball hit the wall, at about head height, as you watch the ball closely. Page 3.

Backhand Rail Drill - Racquet Back, Racquet Head Vertical
As the ball rebounds from its bounce, take the racquet fully back, with the racquet head vertical. Page 5.

Backhand Rail Drill - Make Contact Down Low
As the ball descends again to a comfortable height, make contact at about sock height. Page 6.

Backhand Rail Drill - Follow Through Toward the Front Wall
After you hit, complete your backhand stroke by following through towards the front wall as you begin to straighten your stance. Page 7.

Backhand Rail Drill - Move to Where the Ball Will Be
As the ball rebounds from the front wall, move to where you can hit it again after one bounce. In this example, Jon moves forward to hit a short ball. Note that his body remains facing the side wall even though he moved forward in the court. Page 8.

Backhand Rail Drill - Racquet Back, Racquet Head Up
As the ball rebounds to sock height, take the racquet fully back towards the back wall, and get the racquet head straight up, pointing to the ceiling. Page 9.

Backhand Rail Drill - Begin to Take the Racquet Back
As the ball descends to the floor, take your racquet back and begin to step toward the side wall. Page 4.

Serve Return - Get Your Racquet Ready
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.

Serve Return - Transfer Your Weight Forward As You Hit The Ball
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 3.

Serve Return - Follow Through to Complete Your Shot
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.

Serve Return - Return to the Middle of the Court
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 5.

Serve Return - Be Ready on the 'T' to Watch the Ball and Your Opponent
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 6.

Squash Grip - Wrap Your Fingers Loosely Around the Grip
Simply wrap your fingers loosely around the grip. Page 2.

Squash Grip - View From the Side
Keep your index finger a bit away from your other fingers. That will give you better control and feel, and will not diminish your power. Page 3.

Squash Grip - A Two-Finger Guide to Spacing
You can use your non-racquet hand to see whether you have the index finger of your racquet hand properly separated from its neighbors. Simply place two fingers of your non-racquet hand in between the index finger and the middle finger of your racquet hand. The two fingers should fit as shown. Page 4.

Squash Drills - Hitting Lower Gives You Faster-Paced Squash Drills
If you hit the ball lower on the front wall, the speed of the drill picks up. If you hit lower, you will also need to hit harder to sustain the criss-cross pattern of shots. This drill can be good exercise when you strike the ball low and hard. Page 10.

How to Play Squash - Drilling Helps You Learn How to Play Squash
Toss the ball to your forehand and hit it in the air before it bounces. Watch the ball hit your strings and direct it toward the left front corner of the court. For the drill to work, you must hit the front wall first. Page 2.

Squash Drills - The Criss-Cross is Among the Best Squash Drills
Follow through and watch your shot hit the front wall, about halfway between the top of the tin and the red line. In this example, the ball is hitting the front wall about one foot away from the junction with the left side wall. Your next shot will be a backhand. Page 3.

Side Wall Rebound - Watch the Ball Hit the Side Wall and Rebound Towards You
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 - Your First Backhand in the Criss-Cross Groundstroke Squash Drill
As the ball approaches, get your racquet back and up, and step toward the ball so you can hit a wide cross-court backhand groundstroke. You should aim for the front wall, about a foot or two away from the side wall. The height of your shot's contact on the front wall should be anywhere from several feet above the tin, all the way up to the red line. Page 5.

Squash Groundstrokes - The Criss-Cross Drill Helps Your Squash Groundstrokes
Follow through and watch the ball hit the front wall, and then the side wall. Get ready to move your feet into good position for another forehand shot. Page 6.

Practice Squash - The Criss-Cross Drill Can Help You Practice Squash
Get your racquet up, and your non-hitting arm forward for balance. Watch the ball closely, and hit another forehand when the ball descends to sock height. Page 7.

Squash Forehand - The Criss-Cross Drill Grooves Your Squash Forehand
Watch the ball hit the front, then side, walls and get ready to hit another backhand. Follow through with your racquet head remaining up. Page 8.

Learn Squash - The Squash Criss-Cross Groundstroke Drill Can Help You Learn Squash
You can continue the drill even if the ball doesn't come back to just the right spot. In this case, the ball is nowhere near the striker's front foot. Although in bad position, the striker is getting useful practice hitting a forehand that's slightly behind him. Note that the weight is on the rear foot in this example. Page 9.

Squash Grip - 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.

Squash Grip - Falling Off 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.

Squash Grip - Too High Above the Grip
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.

Flandy Limpele - Flandy Limpele and Eng Hian celebrate their badminton mens doubles bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics
ATHENS - AUGUST 20: Eng Hian and Flandy Limpele of Indonesia hug each other after defeating Jens Eriksen and H. Martin Lundgaard of Denmark in the men's doubles badminton bronze medal match on August 20, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Olympic Hall at the Goudi Olympic Complex in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images). Page 2.

Vita Marissa & Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia) reach payday in badminton doubles at 2007 AVIVA-COFCO China Masters BWF Super Series on July 15, 2007.
CHENGDU, CHINA - JULY 15: (CHINA OUT) Marissa Vita (L) and Lilyana Natsir of Indonesia display their awards during a ceremony after defeating Zhao Tingting and Yang Wei of China at women's badminton doubles final of the 2007 AVIVA-COFCO China Masters BWF Super Series on July 15, 2007 in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, China. Page 3.

Vita Marissa ducks Nova Widianto's smash at the 2004 All England Open Badminton Championships
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Nova Widianto and Vita Marissa of Indonesia in action during the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships at the National Indoor Arena (NIA) on March 13, 2004 in Birmingham, England. Page 4.

B. Zheng and L. Gao, badminton mixed doubles
Bo Zheng and Ling Gao in mixed doubles competition at the Yonex All England Open. Page 2.

Yawen Zhang Enjoys Hard-fought Victory
Yawen Zhang (China) enjoys a hard-earned victory in women's doubles at the Yonex All-England Open badminton championship. Her mixed doubles partner, Zhongbo Xie, is not pictured. Page 5.

Lin Zhu (China) Moving and Smashing
Lin Zhu of China leaps and smashes during play at the Yonex Korea Open badminton championship. Page 4.

Chunlai Bao stretches for a forehand
China's Chunlai Bao stretches for a precision forehand in competition in England. Page 3.

Jin Chen about to carve a forehand
Jin Chen (China) in play at the Yonex All England Open badminton championship. Page 4.

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 Z Serve - How to Hit a Good Racquetball Z Serve
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 Backhand Rail Drill - The Backhand Rail Drill Step-by-Step
Perfecting your backhand straight drive is very important in squash. Here is the best way to practice this shot. This backhand rail drill can teach you to hit a perfect backhand every time, and help you groove it into your muscles so that it is instinctive.

Intermediate Squash - Roll Corner Drill for the Intermediate Squash Player
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.

Serve Return - How to Hit a Good Serve Return in Squash
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!

How to Play Squash - The Criss-Cross Drill for Learning How to Play Squash
To learn how to play squash, you'll need to practice using drills. This criss-cross groundstroke drill can give you lots of forehand and backhand practice even without a partner.

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.

How to 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.

How to 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.

How to Find a Badminton Partner
Here's how you can find a fellow badminton player, in only seven easy steps!

Squash Practice - How to Have a Good Squash Practice Session
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 Manage 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.

Racquetball Defense - The Ceiling Ball is the Best Racquetball Defense
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.

Olympic Racquet Sports - Olympic Badminton and Other Olympic Racquet Sports
Here is a quick path to all you want to know about racquet sports in the Olympics, especially the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

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.

How to Avoid Tennis Elbow
Here's a great way to avoid tennis elbow!

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.

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.

Court Tennis Tips - What to Do When Receiving Serve in Court Tennis
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.

How to Cover a Boast in Squash (How to Get a Short Ball)
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 Squash
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.

Squash Tip - How to Avoid Overhitting
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.

Squash Grip - 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.

Howard Bach - USA Olympic Badminton Contender
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.

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.

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.

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.

Racquet Club of Philadelphia - Squash, Racquets, Court Tennis
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.

Squash Grip Errors - The Hammer Grip
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.

Flandy Limpele - Flandy Limpele of Indonesia extends for a forehand during professional mixed doubles badminton play
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 27: Flandy Limpele of Indonesia, returns the shuttlecock against Korea's Lee Yong-Dae and Lee Hyo-Jung during the mixed doubles final at the 2008 Yonex Korea Open Badminton championships on January 27, 2008 in Seoul, South Korea. Korea beat Indonesia 15-21, 21-14, 21-18. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir (INA)
Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir in mixed doubles badminton competition at the Yonex All England Open.

Xingfang Xie Exhibits Poise And Focus
Xingfang Xie exhibits her poise, balance, and focus during competition at the Yonex Japan Open badminton championship.

Olympic Badminton Action Image Gallery Mens Singles
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!