Squash Coaching Blog: Your ‘T Stance’

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Your ‘T’ Stance

Previously I have discussed the importance of your ‘T’ position; viewing the ‘T’ not as one small spot you must get to after every shot, but a ‘T Box’ or ‘T Zone’ which extends about half a metre either side of the ‘T’ and half a metre either in front or behind the ‘T’, and in which you should stand in one corner of the ‘T Box’ depending on which area of the court you have played your last shot.

But now I want to discuss your body position once you are in the correct ‘T Position’.

There are generally 2 body positions, forward facing, or slightly turned towards your opponent, and there is a time an place for either.

If your opponent is in front of you; you should have a forward facing body position. If your opponent is in front of you they generally have several option, so they could hit the ball to either side of the court. This forward facing stance will allow you to move in any direction quickly, so you can cover the options your opponent has.

Farag T StanceNicol T Stance

Both these pictures we can see the player in the background is completely forward facing (and their ‘T Position’ is also slightly to the side of the court where the ball is)

 

 

 

If your opponent is behind you; you should have a ever so slightly turned body position. Marginally turned towards your opponent. When behind you, generally your opponent has less options, and straight is the more common shot. A slightly turned stance will allow you to pounce on the volley if they hit a marginally loose straight drive. Be careful not to over-turn though, as you still need to cover the cross-court or boast.

Rosner T StanceT Stance

 

These pictures show the player on the ‘T’ with a slightly turned chest towards the player

 

 

 

 

So… consider your ‘T’ stance (in terms of where your chest is facing) as well as the position of your feet.