Quick Squash Tips – Volume 4 – May 2019

Quick Squash Tips – Volume 4 – May 2019


here we are May 2009 teens squash tips
for teen squash tips to make your game jump to the next level now these were
originally posted on Instagram so if you’re an Instagram user you can find
the link in the text description or you can simply search for me as squash coach
Phillip and then you can get the tete the tips or on Monday Wednesdays and
Fridays directly now my favorite tip from this month is the squash posts so
look out for that one let you in the video and make sure you tell me what
your favorite tip is from this video and just to remind you I will be reviewing
this Grey’s Innovation classic later this week or early next week depending
on when you watch this video so very soon actually and it behind me you could
see another bunch of rackets I’ve got 3 more great rackets to review plus 2 Asha
wise so look out for those soon anyway let’s get started with those tips these
are the balls used when you play on a glass court and we’re going to come back
to those in a moment I took a complete break from scores for
13 years and when I got back into it I realized that one of the things that
I’d missed the most was this sound the sound of a beautifully struck ball
hitting the strings and then hitting the front wall and the best sound of all is
when these balls hit the glass chord now I haven’t played on a glass cork for six
years and before that was probably 10 years but I keep these balls in the
house just in case I get the opportunity to play on one again now I’m sure that
you would all take the opportunity if it presented itself but I don’t want you to
do there I want you to actively go out and look for opportunities to play on a
glass court it is a wonderful experience and ultimately that’s what sports should
be about experiences so go and look for those courts in your area and find out
if you can play on one the next time you do a bolster drive session I’d like you
to change the approach in the past you’ve probably been playing quite
competitively where you’re trying to hit the best shot possible now I want you to
work cooperatively with each other see how many shots you can hit consecutively
with no mistakes but you need to work within certain limits for example the
person driving must make the ball bounce past the service box and within the
service box with and hopefully coming off the back wall the person boasting
must hit a to Worr boast not a three wall boast and it must be below the cut
line on the front wall when you can do twenty or thirty with no mistakes you
can either increase the number of course or you can reduce the size available so
only half the service box width and an artificial line on the front Worf with
the boasts I’m sure you’re thinking oh this will be quite easy but it’s
actually harder than being competitive at the time of this recording the
European team championships are being held in the UK in Birmingham both men
and women and they are being live streamed on Facebook and YouTube which
is where I’ve watched them over the last couple of days I’ve watched about 12
games and I have thoroughly enjoyed it but I know that if I were there in
person I would have had much more fun so why encourage him in the strongest
possible terms at least once a year try to go and watch some professional squash
and it doesn’t even have to be on a glass core the money that you might
spend on a lesson use that to get to the event and buy the tickets now besides
being fun just to be at the event your game will actually improve not only will
you be motivated and energized but through some intangible osmosis you will
get better I can almost guarantee the next time that you go and play squash
after watching a live event you will play fantastic go on watch professionals
play squash once you’re I’ve seen being played quite a lot in the European team
championships is a combination between a cross-court drive and a cross-court
volley I’ve seen it mostly on the back end and it can be quite difficult to
playoff that the board come off the has come off the back wall and is obviously
quite difficult to play when it’s tight to the wall now it’s aimed so that it
hits the side wall just behind the service box and at least head height and
it forces your opponent to have to take the ball off the side wall behind
them almost or let the ball come off the back wall imagine a situation where
you’re hitting some straight backhand drives and your opponent is stepping in
and volley and playing one of these cross courts then forces them to be more
centrally located on the tee thereby making your back hand straight drives a
little bit more effective I can almost guarantee that Club players don’t
practice this type of return and you might even get winners or at least weak
shots try it another thing I’ve noticed about watching the European Team
Championships is how different each game is especially within the same match and
I believe that Club players could learn a lot from that concept if you have just
lost the game you need to change it now you probably could say to me ah but I’ve
got this long-term plan but the reality is you probably need to change it now a
lot of people outside of squash think that squash is quite boring but I
actually think that squash has more variety than tennis or badminton for
example we hit the ball wide a range of speeds we hit the board a wider range of
heights and we hit the ball a range a wider range of widths and we should
embrace the variety that we have available to us so the next time you
play a match whatever game that you lose make sure the next game you play you’re
playing in a completely or at least a significantly different way to the one
you lost embrace the variety inside of us is a
number that number represents the average number of shots per rally that
we hit that we are comfortable with now obviously that number is closely related
to your fitness but not exclusively it’s related to your mental strength as well
now I discussed patience before and this is a practical application of that I
want you to become much more aware of the average number of shots you play in
a rally and actively work to increase that now let me be clear I’m not
suggesting that you simply keep rallies going and hit the ball too
back what I’m suggesting is that you stop playing those silly shots that you
know better players wouldn’t play the higher your number the better the player
you are this is a video for advanced players now have you ever seen
professionals just before they hit the ball they give the racket a little bit
of a shake can’t see it very well in this kind of camera angle but of course
they would be in a better a different position now what do they do it for they
do it to reinforce the feeling of sensitivity if you want to give me a
racket and say Philip what do you think of this the first thing I’m going to do
is I’m going to put it in my hand and make these little movements I’m gonna
turn it around because that’s important too and I’m gonna get the feel for it a
little bit like you do with the barbecue tongs now players do this unconsciously
they probably don’t even know they’re doing it so if you don’t do it and you
start to do it I am curious to know whether you feel it helps you get more
control out of the ball so please tell me in the comments and the last thing to
tell you is don’t do it too much it’s a very small movement what’s this if he had fallen he would have died
apparently he was 250 meters up and this is a perfect example of focusing on the
action and not on the potential results if you are thinking about the
consequences of an action you can’t be thinking about the action itself
successful people use potential results as inspiration and motivation to work
smarter and harder but during the match they focus solely on game plans and
performing that’s why you see some players genuinely surprised when they
win a match try to forget the outcome and focus solely on performing the next
time you train either alone with a partner or in a group make sure you have
planned your training session not only will you save time but your training
will be more beneficial the better the plan the better the training of course
you might not know what you need to work on or the exact way to do it but that’s
another challenge take a few minutes ideally the day before your session and
plan what you’re going to do and how long each thing will take it’s so much
better than trying to decide as you’re standing on court here is a partially
completed training plan yours doesn’t have to have the court drawings but it
helps each routine was eight minutes long with an optional break for a sip of
water I stuck it on the back of the door inside the court but both players had
already reviewed it and knew what was going to happen become a better player
by becoming a better planner the ability to concentrate can be improved and most
players concentrate better with less distraction the next time you train with
a partner agree the routines beforehand and the times including the brakes and
then spend the next 45 minutes or so training no talking no joking no using
your phone nothing be warned it can be hard sure during most matches there are
interruptions and chat but you need to develop the ability to concentrate for
long periods of time without being distracted you improve your
concentration by concentrating it only takes a second or so to lose a rally and
all of the work that you put into that rally has probably been lost simply
because a lack of concentration for less than a second scores is just as much a
mental game as it is a physical recognize it accepted and trained for it I’ve talked about lobbying before and no
doubt I’ll talk about it again but for this moment I just want to tell you or
remind you how tiring returning logs can be hitting the ball above your head
probably accounts for less than 20% of the shots is it shots in a match
including service returns if you’ve ever done a backcourt pairs routine where
both of you stand at the back hitting very high volleys back to each other
trying to force a mistake you’ll know how tiring it is and let’s not forget
the mental aspect here thinking that you’ve put your opponent under pressure
by moving them to the front only to find that they love the ball and then put you
under pressure is mentally draining but play simply don’t train for those high
shots take advantage of that and play high lobs against your opponent but make
sure you practice them two summers here which means our match commitments have
probably dropped significantly this means we have the perfect opportunity to
improve our squash you need to be brutally honest with yourself and work
on things that you need to do not things that you like to do with that said here
are three ideas to get you started number one mental training never get
neglect the mental aspect of squash I’ve already made a video called introduction
to mental imagery what and start that protest but there are
other mental training exercises that you can do number two use the summer to work
on your skill do lots of solo practice change the technique if you’ve got
something that’s limiting you go and find a coach if necessary and number
three do something different squash is quite repetitive it’s not good for the
knees the hips in the back and you want to get outside do some rowing do some
cycling do something that you don’t normally do that improves your fitness
but will give you a body a chance to rest as well in the previous video I
gave you three ideas for things to work on during the summer and I’m going to
continue that theme with this video last week I watched part of a match on the
PSA squash TV YouTube channel it was James Woods drop against somebody else I
don’t remember who I’m sorry for the whole of the first game he did not hit
one single boast think about that not only did he not choose to hit a boast
but he was not forced to hit a boast for cut players that would be a really
difficult thing to do but imagine just for a moment that you said for one month
this summer I’m not going to hit any boasts what would happen is when you get
into the back corner you would actively try to hit the ball down the wall in
jest instead of just accepting that you can boast it try it for a month and you
might find that you can get more balls straight down the wall than you ever
thought possible two more ideas for your summer training number one is strength
specifically you’ll call your back and your legs type the summer to become much
stronger not only will your footwork get much better but you will play much
better as well there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube so learn how to get
stronger and and I don’t just mean doing lots of ghosting I mean actual strength
and you don’t even need to use whites the second idea is this which is a Swiss
ball which is in my humble opinion one of the greatest pieces of exercise
equipment ever created you it to improve your balance if you are
not very well balanced when you step down to hit the ball you won’t hit a
solid shot there are lots of exercises you can do to improve your balance if
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6 Replies to “Quick Squash Tips – Volume 4 – May 2019”

  1. Great video, Phil. I have had the opportunity to play on an all glass court and have hated it. We used the normal ball and I found that the walls absorbed all of pace off the ball. I also found that boasting was pointless, after hitting the side wall the ball travelled in slow motion to prop up in the middle of the court. If you have a straight game and naturaly a hard hitter (or maybe a very soft hitter) then you would like the court. Do you have any tips on how to play on such a different court?

  2. Hi, great video once again, thanks!
    I have recently bought a second racket identical to my current, as I am beginning to play more and want a spare in case of a breakage mid game. However, should I rotate/alternate use of the rackets evenly, or should I keep one for training and the other for matches, assuming i've 'broken it in'?
    Cheers

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