Strategy

Compounding Time and Pressure

By Richard Millman In the recent FS Investments U.S. Open at Drexel University, the final between Ali Farag and Mohamed ElShorbagy was spectacular, stylish, extreme, athletic, skilled and strategic. It was instructional on many fronts. Time is the commodity in which we chiefly deal in our sport. There are multiple systems and methods of managing […]

Mindhunter: Profiling Squash’s Top Performers at the U.S. Open

by Eric Zillmer Director of Athletics and Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology, Drexel University The 2019 FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships, hosted by Drexel University, showed off the sport at its finest. Great crowds, matches, players … and eminent minds? It is easy to appreciate the physical skill of the world’s top players: Amanda Sobhy‘s […]

Defense

By Richard Millman We are still very early in the exploration of squash as a sport. We have only been playing since the 1850s. When you compare a century and a half to the long history of mathematics, astronomy, law, medicine or physics, you can see that we are still fumbling around trying to identify […]

The Mathamatics of the Fade

By Richard Millman Recently I’ve gotten into doing commentary for the streaming of some of the US Squash’s events. One particular criticism about my commentary has resonated with me. The comment was “Mathematics. What does mathematics got to do with squash?” First and foremost, the preparation of the racquet solicits the subconscious mind to visualize […]

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, […]

The Social Comparison Trap

By Amy Gross, Peak Performance & Mental Coach We all know the social comparison game. We fall into the trap of evaluating our skills and progress by how we stack up against others. We rely on external sources to validate our self-worth. While you cannot completely escape social comparisons, you can practice implementing strategies that […]

The Importance of Player Contracts for Parents and Juniors

by Mitchell Greene, Ph.D., Sport Psychologist The biggest change in my sport psychology practice from ten years ago to now is the number of requests I receive to work with squash players twelve and younger. They are, for the most part, highly ranked, very well adjusted, and excited to practice and compete. Yet, with the […]

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 […]

Learning from the Best

By Peter Nicol MBE, www.squashskills.com I am in the lucky position of dealing with the best coaches and players in the world while arranging and filming content for Squashskills.com. Prior to filming, I go through the content the coaches/players want to convey and package these into segments that work best for the platform. During this process I […]