Richard Millman

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?’ […]

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 […]

Mantras: The “Crown Jewels” of Self Speak

By Richard Millman Competitive squash is a kaleidoscope of variables—technical, physical, tactical and emotional. The complexities of dealing with these areas are a challenge for all of us who profess to be avid participants in our game. The glue that keeps mind body and soul together in this venture, provided that we have trained, practiced […]

Survival: The Vital Principal of Squash

By Richard Millman Recently I hosted one of my intensive training weekends at Meadow Mill Athletic Club in Baltimore. In the course of the program, one of my students—an eminent lawyer who trains young lawyers—posed an interesting question to me. His question was prompted by my assertion that the most important priority of a human […]

Squash Players The Ultimate Goal Keepers

By Richard Millman Our sport is a modern reflection of the very primeval attitudes and instincts that have allowed us to get this far in our history. Our two essential survival sensory systems—namely primary  focus  and peripheral awareness—constantly combine to allow us to maintain our relationship with the ball and a continual reconnaissance of our environment and […]

Bisecting the Angles of Opportunity

By Richard Millman When it comes to strategic positioning on the court, the key factor is to develop your confidence at the same time as keeping your guard up. This much-misunderstood subject is very accessible once you understand the primary goals. First, you must maintain your relationship with the ball as your paramount concern. This […]

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 […]

Lessoncourt: Movement and Shot Mechanics

By Richard Millman The longer I study this game, the more I realize how subtle— and almost invisible to the eye—are the essential elements of control that are required to maximize one’s efficiency. The difference between a player striking the ball one hundredth of a second before they start their recovery movement and striking the ball one hundredth of […]

Controlling Your Temporal Gaze – Part II

By Richard Millman Picking up from last month, we will now address the critical differences between future, present and past on the squash court. First, mechanically speaking, when one moves continuously the legs are necessarily engaged and, as they are the most powerful of our limbs, they can cope with the stresses created by the generation of force much better […]