Put It Into Practice: Racket Head Speed With Lee Drew

14th June 2021

We have SquashSkills regular Lee Drew back week with us this week, bringing us his wealth of experience as a coach, referee consultant, and PSA TV co-commentator. He’s created an excellent new series for us, taking a look at racket head speed.

Lee comes from an elite professional playing background, establishing himself firmly within the top 50 of the PSA world rankings at the peak of his career. This playing experience, along with the insight and knowledge he brings with him from the other areas of the game he’s involved with, means his technical breakdowns are always a fascinating watch.

Lee’s new playlist explores the subtleties of racket head speed, and the impact this can have on your play. The key principles are broken down in-depth to help give you a better understanding of the importance of this element of your technique.

There are videos taking a look at all of the main shots in the game, and the racket speed and impact point considerations for each one. There is also a look at how you can adjust these variables to introduce hold into your swing, and add another layer of deception to your game.

We’ve included some great clips from top PSA players throughout the playlist, to really help give you a working demonstration of some of the concepts that Lee discusses. Seeing how elite professional players make adjustments with their racket head speed is a real eye-opener, and gives you the perfect model to envision when you’re practising the techniques described in the videos.

The aim of this blog is to give you some ideas of sessions you can use to start exploring the fundamentals of this key technical element and help you effectively develop your abilities to be able to bring these skills into your matches. We’ve put together a selection of both solo and pairs sessions for you to incorporate into your training, built around the critical technical points that Lee introduces.

Watch through the videos from the playlist and then click through the links to the sessions below to check them out, and discover how a deeper understanding of racket head speed can really add an extra dimension to your game.

 

Put it into practice

Solo session

This session consists of a variety of solo ball control drills that you can practise on-court by yourself.

 

Pairs session

This pairs session contains a mixture of pairs drills and routines to practise, to help you develop your racket skills as discussed by Lee in the playlist.

 

Fitness session

Being stronger and more stable when striking the ball can really help you better adjust your racket head speed. Check out this challenging strength/stability session, to help you build those solid physical foundations.

 

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Importance of wrist position with Dave Pearson

In this series, DP explains the importance of wrist position in squash and when variations are used in the game.

 

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

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Racket head speed helps players get the ball into different areas of the court quickly, enabling them to add deception and increase their shot options.

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