Richard Millman

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Psychological Strategy – The Key to the Game

By Richard Millman As I have said before in this column, it is my belief that currently, we are still in the very early stages of development of this wonderful sport of ours. In my program, ‘The Millman Experience,’ I am wont to tell many and varied anecdotes in illustration of the points that I try to get across […]

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Two-Ball Feeds – A Wonderful World of Practices for Three Players

By Richard Millman If you are working on your game and you have a couple of friends who are just as enthusiastic, two-ball feed drills are a marvelous discipline to help move your game forward. As the name suggests two balls are used, one on the right side and one on the left. One player […]

Perhaps the most famous—or infamous—example of maintaining one’s focus on the simple and “boring” aspects of squash came in the 2006 Men’s World Open final. David Palmer, facing sure defeat against Gregory Gaultier in the fourth game when down seven match balls, relied on keeping the ball tight to the side wall and ultimately caused Gaultier to collapse. It was painful to watch Gaultier crumble, but mesmerizing to see Palmer grind it out.

Elementary, My Dear Watson: Fundamentals and How Simple isn’t Always Easy

By Richard Millman Sir Conan Doyle’s great detective Sherlock Holmes was wont to use his favorite throw away line: ‘Elementary, my dear Watson!’ on occasions when his sidekick finally understood how Holmes had solved the crime, or mystery, of the day. And yet Holmes’ reasoning wasn’t entirely obvious. So what did Holmes mean by ‘Elementary?’ […]

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Breathing and Relaxing During Play

By Richard Millman Our wonderful game is filled with nuance and subtlety—enough to last a lifetime. As you work on developing your game, especially if you are fortunate enough to have access to an expert coach, you will often spend time working on the finer details and challenging techniques. Equally, you will be confronted by […]