The server, with at least one foot in the service box, starts play by hitting the ball directly onto the front wall between the cut line and the outline to rebound so that, if allowed, it bounces for the first time in the opposite half of the court and behind the short line.
The 2(or 4 for doubles) Squash players, each with a racket, take it in turns (for doubles, each team takes turns) to hit the ball onto the front wall within the large area defined by the outline at the top and the line marking the top of the tin at the bottom (the striker may play the ball onto the side or back walls first before it hits the front wall).
The ball must stay within the court. The ball must be hit on the first bounce or volleyed.
Play continues until the ball goes out or down or is hit after the first bounce.
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Video Forehand recovery from the Back Corner
Retrieving Tight Shots from the Back Corner
Learning to "dig" shots out of the corners can be puzzling for beginners.
This video shows you how to approach the ball, and how important it is to keep away from the walls when playing shots close to the wall and corner.
The Score Sheet is divided into two sides, one side for each player.
Each side has an "L" and "R" marked in a box, which stands for Left and Right Service Box.
As the Server serves from the Right Box, the Scorer's pencil points to Box "R". The pencil stays in the box until the point is won or lost. The Server's score is always called first, eg 5:3 Smith serving or 3.5 Brown if Brown had won the point and was to serve.
The pencil would point to the appropriate service box.
Note: There are two ways of scoring:
1. Traditional Method - The Server can only score points, and the first to 9 points wins.
2. PARS (Point a Rally) - The winner of the rally wins the point, first to 11 points wins.
Hold the grip firmly at all times during the swing. Keep a firm wrist during the swing.
Approach the ball from one side (usually from the side closest to the centre of the court). Right handed Squash players should try to play "forehands" on the right hand side of the court and play "backhands" on the left hand side of the court. (Reversed for left handers).