Richard Millman

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 […]

The Service Economy

By Richard Millman SquashTV has become a great educational tool for all of us. Sometimes, however, watching the top professionals in the world can be misleading, owing to their exceptional levels of skill and athleticism. It is easy to draw the wrong conclusions about how to improve our own games as we see these players […]

My Grandmother’s Teacups

By Richard Millman For many years now, I have subscribed to the notion that hitting a squash ball with a squash racquet is only rarely a good idea. The contact between your racquet and the ball should be a thing of delicate, intimate and extraordinarily sensitive detail. To achieve this, several areas need to be […]

Setting a Personal Squash Development Plan

By Richard Millman If you are a squash player who wants to challenge yourself, a good idea is to adopt a Personal Squash Development Plan (or PSDP). Before you can establish your plan, there are a number of questions that will affect the type and scale of plan that you adopt: what are your goals? […]

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 […]

Righty Tighty

By Richard Millman A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of being present at the final of the Delaware Investments U.S. Open in Philadelphia. Apart from the packed arena, one of the best women’s finals of the year and the chance to see many great friends from all over the squash world, one […]

Serious Solo

By Richard Millman The summer is upon us, and now is the time to really get ahead of the competition. Solo practice is one of the least utilized and most valuable training regimes. It is also one of those forms of improvement that often leads to negative attitudes as players lose their way after just […]

The Difference Between “Building” and “Forcing”

by Richard Millman Squash enjoys the patronage of people of all ages, skill levels, genders, nationalities and, to some degree, a broad range of the physical and mental spectrum of human beings. No matter what group you belong to, the learning curve in squash necessarily takes us through steep ups and downs as we progress […]

Understanding the Human Machine

By Richard Millman As I have said before, I believe that our sport is in the very early stages of its development and we, its students, are somewhat akin to the doctors of the middle ages, attempting to fathom mysteries as yet un-proven. Hopefully we don’t just bleed or stick leeches on the ills that […]