Put It Into Practice: Backhand Analysis with Jesse Engelbrecht – Part 2

6th September 2021

Jesse Engelbrecht is back on the main stage this week, with the second part of his deep dive into the backhand – a shot that is often a significant source of frustration for the amateur player.

In this 2-part playlist, no stone is left unturned in the examination of playing the ball on the backhand side from a whole range of positions and situations. Whilst all of the different drive, drop, and volley shots are discussed, Jesse goes deeper and takes a look at some of the real underlying foundations of positioning, grip, and swing that are common to everything on the backhand. Here in part 2, there’s also an increased focus on spacing, and dealing with pressure.

There are certain technical fundamentals that go into being solid and consistent on the backhand side, and there’s a lot of breakdown into these key aspects. This is backed up as ever in our SquashSkills playlists, with some first-class clips of elite PSA pros hitting the shots discussed in the videos and demonstrating the specific skills that Jesse focuses on in his instruction.

The aim of this blog is to give you some ideas of the best drills and practices you can use to start working on these primary foundations of the backhand and help you become more confident and capable in this area of your game. Once you start implementing some of the technical aspects that Jesse introduces, you’ll see immediate results in the effectiveness of your play on the backhand side of the court.

We’ve put together a selection of brand new solo and pairs sessions for you to try, built around these main technical points. Watch through the videos from the playlist and then click through the links to the integrated sessions below to check them out, and discover the benefits of resolving to allocate some of your training time into really getting these key areas nailed.


Put it into practice

Solo session

This session contains a series of individual drills to practise on your own, to focus on some of the fundamentals of hitting a quality backhand.


Pairs session

This session consists of a variety of pairs drills and conditioned games for you to practice, to help work on the key points as discussed by Jesse in the playlists.


Fitness session

Being strong and stable in your position will help your consistency on the backhand side – check out this great squash-specific balance/strength session to help you develop this area.


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Let us know how you get on with the sessions, we’d love to hear your feedback!

Haven't seen the full series yet?

Following on from part one of Jesse’s hugely popular playlist looking at the backhand technique, we’re back with part two! You’ll learn how to adapt your racket face in different situations that allow to hit a number of different shots.

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