Spot the Dots

There is more to watching the ball than you realise.

This is the comment I made in my previous article. 

Watching the ball connects all the elements of game sports. Their interactive nature requires players/teams to vie for control of the ball, the medium for scoring.

As for squash, where does watching the ball start… with the striker or receiver?

Both need to watch simultaneously.

© Courtesy of Squashsite

A receiver’s response will undoubtedly be influenced by how well he watches the ball and interprets given cues. He must watch the ball as he prepares to respond, moving into an optimal striking position and lining-up to connect.

However, it’s not unusual for players to move their head at the ball’s impact during the striking phase. This may happen for different reasons:

  • they look to their front wall target as the ball meets the racket
  • they start to pull away from the shot before they have struck it
  • they deliberately look in another direction in an attempt to fool their opponent

The first of these is tactically unwise, while the other two can affect the accuracy, trajectory, direction and momentum of the shot.

Keeping your eyes fixed on the ball at impact is always the best option. It also keeps your opponent honest.

Next time you go on court look out for the yellow dot(s) on the ball. In fact, try to hit them.

See what happens…