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Where is the G-Spot in squash?

Guest Contributor April 23, 2015 2 Comments on Where is the G-Spot in squash?

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If we learn from Gregory Gaultier, maybe we should start calling it the GG-Spot
By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Coaching Correspondent and Author of G-Spot Squash

Let’s talk this week about a scientific question that has been around ever since the game was invented: Where is the G-Spot in squash?

One of the cleanest hitters in the game right now, in every area of the court, is Gregory Gaultier, who convincingly won the Grasshopper Cup in Zurich last week. Maybe we should start calling it the GG-Spot. He certainly won the G Cup in style, without dropping a game in the whole tournament. 

Anyway, here’s the answer to the question. The G-Spot is the place where your body naturally and instinctively hits the ball from. Our forehand and backhand racket swings are basically the same arm movements that, put simply, move in opposite directions.

Therefore it stands to reason that the point of impact of the racket with the ball should be the same spot in respect of our body.

Gregory Gaultier lines up a shot against Miguel Rodriguez

Gregory Gaultier lines up a shot against Miguel Rodriguez

The G-Spot is perpendicular to your shoulders and in line with your racket arm or shoulder. It is the same spot for both forehand and backhand.

In reality, the G-Spot is where we hit the ball from naturally and instinctively but, because squash is so fast, we generally are not conscious of the specific point of impact.

The ball is moving, our body is moving to the ball and our racket is moving, therefore our instincts take over and we naturally hit the ball from the right place. When the ball does not go where we want it to, it is because, for some reason, we have not connected at the G-Spot.

What helped me realise that the G-Spot is in front of the shoulder of your racket arm, was observing the way we hit the ball during many years of playing and coaching squash.

I saw that, often on the forehand side, some players tend to hit the ball well past the top of the bounce and sometimes even let the ball get close to the floor before striking it, whereas this seldom happens on the backhand side.

This led me to think that on the forehand we instinctively and subconsciously wait for the ball to get to the G-Spot so that we can hit it comfortably.

This may explain why squash matches are played slightly more on the backhand side. It appears to be naturally easier to play a straight shot on the backhand side.

To start with, whether or not you have hit the ball from the G-Spot is more noticeable when you are playing a shot that requires precision;  for example, drop shots, kill shots or nicks. I believe that if the ball goes too high it is because the point of impact is behind the G-Spot and if it goes too low or down (hitting the tin) then the point of impact is in front of the G-Spot.

It is instantly noticeable in precision shots if the ball was not hit from the right spot. Yet it is important to hit the ball from the G-Spot every time so that all the energy and effort we put into the shot is transferred to the ball. This will help gain consistency, which is extremely important in our sport.

Squash is often a game of attrition with both players playing a high number of shots in each rally. You often only see the results of consistently hitting the ball well after 15 to 20 minutes of play, or even a lot longer time.

So if you hit the ball from the same spot in relation to your body it will go to where you want it to almost every time.

To be able to do this you need to understand and control the way you move to the ball, and then your racket movement, so that you hit the ball at the G-Spot.

In future columns, we will start looking at these movements in detail, see how they are interrelated and discuss how to put them all together.

 

Picture by  IRENA VANISOVA (squashPage.net)

 

Posted on April 23, 2015

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  1. ron leon April 28, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    maybe i’m not understanding what you’re trying to say here tony, but i’ve really tried to. after reading this posting, i even looked at the drawings in the previews of your book that are available on amazon, and of course i noticed the praise that your book has received from many experts on technique whom i admire, including ian mckenzie and liz irving. so my continuing confusion is a little frustrating for me …

    when i coach i really focus on the point-of-contact and its position in space relative to the body, and it seems clear to me that it’s farther forward on the backhand side simply because the shoulder will be closer to the front wall, which seems exactly contrary to what you’re saying. also, from observation it seems clear that players tend to hit the ball behind the ideal point-of-contact on their forehand side much more often than on the backhand side, and it seems to me that this is because the player can open their grip on the forehand and strike the ball late, and still manage to get the racquet shaft around so that it’s parallel to the front wall at the point of contact, whereas to do that on the backhand side is very awkward. i think the observation that players allow the ball to drop more on the forehand is a function of bad court positioning and slow racquet preparation and an intuitive awareness that they can compensate for those defects by taking the ball late, as i’ve described. to me, the solution is to focus on taking the ball earlier — i teach my students to strike the ball at or just in front of the imaginary line that runs from their front foot perpendicular to the side wall (assuming a straight drive), and further forward on the backhand side, basically by a distance equal to the distance between their shoulders (different for each player but typically at least a half-meter). this seems to produce excellent results. try as i may, i can’t seem to reconcile this with the descriptions in your posting. i’d be interested in hearing what a technical analyst like richard millman would have to say about this …

    peace …

    – ron

  2. Tony Griffin May 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Hi Ron, sorry for the delay in replying

    Our racket arm/shoulder is the same when hitting both forehand and shots so I believe it stands to reason that the point of impact the racket with the ball is basically in the same area with respect to our body or more precisely our shoulder on both sides of the court. As you have commented above, “ it’s farther forward on the backhand side simply because the shoulder will be closer to the front wall” is as I have explained it in the book.

    You also comment that “it seems clear that players tend to hit the ball behind the ideal point-of-contact on their forehand side much more often than on the backhand side”. If that is the point where most players naturally and instintively hit the the ball on the forehand side, perhaps it is the right spot to be hitting the ball from and we should be moving our bodies accordingly so that we are able to hit the ball at the top of the bounce.when it perpendicular to the shoulder of our racket arm.
    Here is the link for a short video with a simple demo of what I talk about in the book. Pls excuse the backround noise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yBzWCLbw00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzgXXN2U4dM&feature=youtu.be

    It obviously becomes more difficult when you add a moving ball, movement to the ball but I can assure you it works. It requires time and practise to become more conscious and put everything together.
    I have also added the “Where is the G Spot” pages from the book to the blog http://thegspotsquashbook.blogspot.com.es/

    I’d be happy to talk with you in more detail about it if you wished,

    Regards
    Tony

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