Technique

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 […]

Controlling Your Temporal Gaze

By Richard Millman Are all of your efforts combining to keep you in the best place on the time line of the game—and of your life? Tempus Fugit, the old Latin maxim goes (literally: Time Flies) and as it does, so must we—or get left behind. Ask any elementary school kid whether they want to be ahead or […]

Building Pressure – Or the Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back

By Richard Millman Camels are strong animals. Over eons they have evolved into beasts of burden with amazing endurance. But even camels have a breaking point. Now imagine an improbable competition between a couple of camel merchants who decided to test two unfortunate camels’ capacity to withstand pressure and which one of them could break their camel’s back first. They agree to […]

Deceleration—The Art of Slowing Down

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist Take time to watch the top players in the world in action and observe how well they are able to control speed and movement onto the ball even when the initial approach has been quick. Their skill in making this look relatively easy is linked to their […]

Head Turn Progressions

By Richard Millman Picking up where we left off last month, you’ll recall that “a deep understanding of how to create a ninety-degree angle between the racquet and the direction that you wish the ball to go in “is a fundamental technique every squash player must master—and ‘head turn progressions’ is an advanced skill that […]

Head Turn Progressions

By Richard Millman There is a story—how much of it is true I am not sure—that when Nick Matthew achieved the laudable ranking of 100 in the world, he had occasion to video his backhand and, on watching the tape, was very disappointed with the quality of his technique. He then, so the story goes, […]

Shorten Your Swing

By Peter Nicol When coaching, I tend to spend a lot of time on shortening the swings of players I’m working with. The reason for concentrating on a shorter, tighter swing is to help the player become more consistent with the strike. Having a bigger swing means, by its very nature, more can go wrong, […]

Rally Cycle

By Richard Millman, Owner – The Squash Doctor Corporation Squash is dependent on a continuous organic cycle of behavior which I call ‘The Rally Cycle’. This involves a continuous and seamless flow which passes through three key phases. Whether or not the phases are executed in the correct sequence determines a player’s ability to ‘live […]

Slingshot Mechanics: Movement seamlessly powers shot production

By Richard Millman, Owner – The Squash Doctor Corporation The way that Squash is frequently learned is to first strike the ball. Unfortunately this tends to lead to a mechanically inefficient method of power transfer that, for some players, results in a lifelong failure to properly transfer, focus and manipulate their power. In every ball sport there are numerous world class exponents […]