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Drills for Doubles: Get the Most Out of Your Game

By Aidan Harrison Most of the focus of teaching professionals is on the juniors but if you can build a vibrant adult doubles program at your club and make it fun, it builds an extra layer of community within the squash section. Doubles players are lifers. It’s a social game where members can get a […]

Navigation

By Richard Millman From our very earliest days, we learn how to navigate our way around the world. As we grow up we are almost unconscious of this extraordinary ability as we make our way around obstacles, through doorways, over hurdles and past our fellow humans who are also navigating their way. All of this […]

Curb Your Appetite

By Candace Chemtob Hunger is complicated. A Harvard endocrinologist explained it: “The fundamental role of hunger is to drive us to seek and consume food.” In the days when food was scarce, hunger was important to survival. But today, tempting foods are abundant and hunger can erode our willpower to eat healthily despite the best […]

Easing up on Expectations

By Amy Gross, Peak Performance & Mental Coach Setting expectations places unnecessary demands on an athlete’s performance. Going into a match thinking, “I should win” or “I’ll probably lose” or “I’m not going to play well” can be damaging to an individual’s mindset. First, you don’t actually know how you’re going to do in a […]

Double Down

by Amanda Sobhy Most of you know me as a professional singles player. However, what you may not know is that I love to play doubles. No, I’m not talking about doubles on a singles court. I am talking about good old-fashioned North American hardball doubles. I first learned the game when I was growing […]

Foot Fault? You’re Calling a Foot Fault?

It’s one of the very first things you learn when you begin playing squash. After figuring out about all the confusing lines on the court, you are told to start a point by serving with a foot inside one of the red squares (or red semi-circle in hardball doubles and singles). Although foot-faulting is perhaps […]

Stay Connected: Balance & Focus

By Richard Millman If we are to be successful squash players, the way we carry ourselves as human beings sometimes needs to be countermanded and positively untrained. A certain assumption that most people habitually employ actually opposes the successful conduct of a game of squash. Let me explain by way of a little experiment. Put […]

Doubles: Let the Ball Go

By Suzie Pierrepont I hated squash doubles when I first tried it. I hated the way the ball came off my racquet with no control and the way the ball bounced at the back of the court. I hated how my backhand volley drop would land five feet above the tin or hit the floor, […]

How Gender Roles Impact Performance

By Amy Gross, Peak Performance & Mental Coach Engaging in powerful conversations about gender and athletic performance can be difficult. Gender is an emotionally-charged issue and many people don’t bring it up out of fear of being judged, criticized or misunderstood. As a result, assumptions are made or the topic is avoided all together. This […]