Achilles Injury: Prevention

By Jeremy Mayer, US Squash National Team Sports Physiologist The Achilles tendon represents the conjoined tendons of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, made up of “strands” of fiber-like proteins called collagen. When the Achilles is compromised, these collagen fibers can become ruptured. This is normally a […]

The Lob Game

By Gareth Webber, Director of Squash, Squash Club Los Gatos Level IV Elite Coach, U.S. Squash National Team Coach A great way to respond to “shot makers” and power players is by using the height on the front wall by playing a lob. This is an essential skill to have as it provides you the […]

Different Strokes For Different Folks!

By Peter Nicol Having just played in two Legends of Squash events with the best players of a generation, I was struck by how different each player was. Their personalities were so varied and, therefore, the way they played squash was too. This makes a mockery of ever thinking there is one style or technique of how to play the game […]

Movement and Shot Mechanics: Full Court Press!

By Richard Millman Continuing with the subject of movement on court, let’s turn our attention to the “Full Court Press.” This term, often used in basketball but used in practice in many sports, refers to the pressure applied by denying time to the opponent. In soccer this practice is also used to great affect against […]

The Mind Game — Taking Control & Ownership

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist As part of championship preparation squads with the England Junior and Senior Teams we often delivered mental training sessions to players and coaching staff.  One of the key mental aspects addressed was ‘controlling the controllables—how to effectively manage those factors out of or not fully in your […]

Attacking the Back Court

By Peter Nicol I was always classed as a defensive, counter-attacking player. However, this was not how I saw myself at all—well not exactly. I understood that my best way of competing and beating other top players was to use my strengths and protect my weak areas. Sounds obvious but if I played a lower […]

The Short Game

By Scott Devoy, Head Professional, Merion Cricket Club and U.S. National Team Coach You often hear about players with ‘good hands’ or ‘shot makers’ referring to players who take the ball short well, creating angles and using the front of the court to exploit their opponents. It’s a difficult skill to master and one that requires […]

The Boast

By Lynn Leong, U.S. Junior Women’s Assistant Coach The boast is one of my favorite shots to play. While some people, especially a lot of parents of juniors, think the boast is a bad shot to hit, that is really not the case. It can be a bad shot, but only when played at bad […]

Accuracy – Through the Levels

By Adam Hamill, U.S. Junior Men’s National Coach Players competing at the 3.0 level tend to focus on trying to connect with ball without much attention to racquet preparation, position and technique. Often this results in playing the ball in a more ‘open stance’, swinging across the body and pulling the ball out into the middle of […]