Put It Into Practice: Linking Movement To Match Play With Jesse Engelbrecht

1st November 2021

SquashSkills own Jesse Engelbrecht takes the lead with this week’s new content, bringing us a fresh playlist that focuses on linking movement to match play. As ever, Jesse’s detailed technical knowledge and analytical mind make these videos a must-watch for anyone trying to improve their on-court performance.

Jesse’s aim in this playlist is to give you some practical tools you can bring in to really help your movement effectiveness. Being more fluid, more rhythmic, and more efficient, can make a huge difference to your game even without any reciprocal development in your racket skills. Movement is one of the core competencies of the sport of squash, and Jesse is one of the very best in the world to learn from.

Much of what Jesse introduces in his videos may be familiar concepts to many, but here the goal is to really link them into a realistic rally based scenario. Elements covered include the split step and how it links to ‘watching’, the most useful ghosting patterns, and Jesse’s own twist on traditional court sprint exercises.

Above all, the drills that Jesse highlights are grounded in being as transferable to your matchplay as possible. All of the theory and hypotheticals in the world are fine, but the aim here is to really help develop movement proficiencies that can be realistically adapted and effectively incorporated into your competitive play.

The aim of this blog is to give you some ideas of the best drills and practices you can use to start working on the primary fundamentals of optimal match-specific movement and help you become more confident and consistent in this crucial area of the game. Once you start assimilating some of the physical aspects that Jesse introduces, you’ll soon start to see some real differences in your competitive performance.

We’ve put together a selection of brand new solo and pairs sessions for you to try, built around the main points covered by Jesse in the playlist. Watch through the videos first and then click through the links to the integrated sessions below to check them out, and discover how developing a better ability to link your movement to your matchplay can really help you make significant strides in your game.


Put it into practice

Solo session

This session contains a series of drills to practise on your own, to hone the fundamentals of good movement.


Pairs session

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


Fitness session

Having a good base of strength and stability will help you when you’re working on your movement, as it’ll allow you to transition into a steadier and more balanced position. Give this session a try, working a variety of lunge variants and bodyweight exercises.


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

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In this series, Jesse Engelbrecht discusses some of the key points relating to movement and explains how to incorporate movement practices into your training.

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