Strategy

Motivating Oneself to Stay in Shape to Play

By Peter Nicol In the last year I turned 41, moved to New York and had a baby, alongside starting a new business and continuing my work with SquashSkills. What suffered was my fitness (waistline!) and squash—leaving me achy in my knees and hips followed by constant discomfort in my back and shoulders. I knew that […]

Margins Between Winning & Losing

By Peter Nicol The differences between player standards are so fine that even having a forehand that is 5% worse than your opponent can mean an almost certain outcome every time—losing the match. We often spend time working on improving technically and physically. However, tactical and mental practice is often left behind. This is an […]

Different Strokes For Different Folks!

By Peter Nicol Having just played in two Legends of Squash events with the best players of a generation, I was struck by how different each player was. Their personalities were so varied and, therefore, the way they played squash was too. This makes a mockery of ever thinking there is one style or technique of how to play the game […]

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 […]

The Lob

By Lynn Leong, U.S. Junior Women’s Assistant National Coach In March, I wrote about the boast. While it is one of my favorite shots, the lob is another under-appreciated tool in a squash player’s arsenal. The lob can be used to slow the game down when you find yourself under pressure because it gives you […]

Attacking the Back Court

By Peter Nicol I was always classed as a defensive, counter-attacking player. However, this was not how I saw myself at all—well not exactly. I understood that my best way of competing and beating other top players was to use my strengths and protect my weak areas. Sounds obvious but if I played a lower […]

Fundamentals Are Critical

By Peter Nicol As I now coach year-round, I recognized the importance of taking players I work with to this year’s Tournament of Champions at Grand Central to watch and learn from the best players in the world. I spent my life as a professional looking for other players’ faults and weaknesses so I could exploit them, but now as […]

A Few Things I’ve Learned in 2013

By Peter Nicol As a player I prided myself on trying to learn from every possible avenue—from the best coach in the world, my opponents, and to a club player who observed a specific weakness in my game. However, in hindsight, I was probably not as open to other opinions as I first thought. The reason why is fairly […]

Making Improvements—It’s a Process

By Peter Nicol One of the hardest aspects of trying to improve is the time it can take to make the slightest change and have that be implemented into your game. A change in technique or movement should feel better immediately in practice, but to transfer that into a game situation can take some time. […]