Those of you with a good memory will remember my previous attempt at identifying the behaviour pattern required to win a squash rally.
Unsurprisingly, it drew on those old themes of dominating the ‘T’, sending your opponent to all four corners of the court, and then finishing off the rally with an unreachable shot.
So just in case you didn’t grasp it the first time, here’s another example.
This time, it’s Britain’s Daryl Selby who demonstrates what the pattern looks like during a second-round match against France’s Mathieu Castagnet at the 2016 Windy City Open in Chicago; all except the ‘unreachable shot’ part, that is.
Which begs the question, is there another ‘hidden’ pattern and, if so, what does it look like?
Here’s a suggestion:
- Return the ball from whatever part of the court your opponent sends it.
- Wait for a feeling of ‘hubris’ to manifest itself in your opponent. This may be fed by a combination of impatience, boredom, frustration, over-confidence, fatigue, incredulity and even mirth over your retrieval efforts.
- Trust that your opponent’s hubris will mutate into ‘self-doubt’ in respect of his or her ability to successfully kill off the rally.
- Await the inevitable.
In this scenario, of course, there’s no need whatsoever to worry about your opponent’s actual ability to win the rally. You do, however, need to acquire Zen-like powers of patience and trust, as well as being able to reach and retrieve the ball for long periods of time.
When I come across a fool-proof method for perfecting this, I’ll let you know.