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How to Improve: Performance Versus Outcome

by Richard Millman Whether you are a parent, a coach or a player, chances are you are focused on improvement. If this is the case, I have some simple advice for you. But beware—simple never means easy. If you play competitive squash, you probably have been asked: “How did you play?” If you want to […]

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Hey Ref: Underwater Basket Weaving

by Barry Faguy HEY REF I was told that when I’m officiating, I shouldn’t ask questions of the players. Is that right? Nope; in fact, it’s quite the opposite. The rules make specific reference to the referee needing to clarify certain things, such as not knowing why a player was requesting a let, or (with […]

Coming off her win at the U.S. Open in October, Camille Serme started her New Year by capturing the 2017 Tournament of Champions.

New Year’s Resolutions

by Candace Chemtob “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” —Andrew Carnegie It’s been a month since New Year’s Day, but let’s pause to remember that the new year brings the promise of good things to come. With new year’s resolutions still […]

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Facing a Fear of Failure

By Amy Gross, Peak Performance & Mental Coach Babe Ruth said, “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” Successful people experience failure, but what sets them apart is their courage to face a fear of failure rather than let it control them. They embrace failure. They dance with failure. […]

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Breaking Through the Levels: Hardball Doubles

by Preston Quick In this month’s issue, former World Champion Preston Quick describes the unique lingo and skills it takes to excel at every level of squash doubles. C Players at the C level will benefit greatly from a focus on the fundamentals; cross courts should hit the side wall more often, use the height […]

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FeedForward: Mental Skills Before, During and After a Match

By Amy Gross, Peak Performance & Mental Coach The single most important thing athletes can do to enhance their performance is improve their mental game, so why do we spend the majority of our time on physical training? As Novak Djokovic said, “if we all trained our minds as much as we are training our […]

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Tools of the Trade

By Pierre Bastien What racquets and shoes were the pros using at the 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open? Camille Serme—Champion Racquet: Prince Pro Rebel 950 (custom color) Shoes: Asics Gel Blade 4 Nour El Sherbini—Finalist Racquet: Tecnifibre Carboflex 125 S Shoes: Asics Gel Blade 5 Raneem El Welily—Semifinalist Racquet: Harrow Vapor Shoes: Asics Gel Court […]

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Overuse Syndrome

By Joseph Zarett [Editors Note: We were talking with a number of players at the 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open who told us stories about their positive experiences working with Zarett Rehab & Fitness. With the permission of two players, we asked founder Joseph Zarett to explain what specifically they had been working on.] Professional […]

Ready, Set, Go

By Candace Chemtob Whether you are a junior, college, professional player or a weekend warrior, preparation is essential to your success on the squash court. You have spent countless hours training and conditioning. Don’t drop the ball right before an important match. Those precious hours and minutes before you step on the court can impact […]