Squash Terminology

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As a strategic and active racquet sport, squash has its own unique terminology to denote a number of shots and situations. Learn about squash terms, including a number of shots, court terms, and others in this free video from a squash instructor.

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Squash is a racquet sport that was formerly called squash racquets, a reference to the "squashable" soft ball used in the game. The game is played by two players (or four players for doubles) with standard rackets in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. Squash is characterized as a high-impact exercise that can place strain on the joints. In the traditional scoring system, a point is scored only by the server when the receiver is unable to return the ball to the front wall before it has bounced twice. When the receiver wins the rally, they are awarded only the right to serve.

Every sport has its own unique culture, and squash is no different. Having British origins, this racquet sport possesses terminology that may seem familiar and foreign all at once to other English speakers. In this free video series, a squash instructor will teach you what to call a number of different shots in squash, as well as what all of the lines and boxes on a squash court indicate. You'll learn about forehand and backhand boasts, straight drives, cross-court shots, volleys, and drop shots. You'll also learn what the nick is, what the tin is, and what a loose or tight ball is. With these squash terms, you'll be able to impress your friends and immerse yourself in the game of squash at the same time.

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