Squash Strategy

Top Five Squash Mistakes (and How to Correct Them)

Top Five Common Squash Mistakes Always losing to your friends and buddies? Can’t figure out what’s wrong? Well here are some of the most common mistakes in squash. This article is more geared to the non-experts (and hence doesn’t have any confusing terminology) but could still be very useful for the advanced players too. When we first start playing the game, we do not intentionally try to make mistakes in our squash game. But we are human and it happens to all of us. Even professionals after their matches still get coaching on the areas that they can improve. What follows are the common squash mistakes we see players continually make. Squash Mistake #1 – Always hitting the ball hard In sports there is a common message. Strength equals success. Think of those buff people you see at the gym. In a tournament would you rather play muscle monster, or…

Weight Transfer and Balance in Squash

When you watch a pro squash match, it may be easy to think that you can replicate the level of play. But watching a match and playing are two different things, as all players know when they step on the court with a better player. Often what separates great players physically is their movement on the court, which comes down to weight transfer and balance on the court. Weight transfer and balance on the court can be the difference maker. Whether it comes down to the ease of movement on the court or to the deception a player can put on a shot, do not neglect this area of your game! Balance and Weight Transfer in Squash If we go back to science class, one of the fundamental truths of science is that forces exert themselves greater when moving in the same direction. In squash, this applies to the transfer…

Wall Street Rallies for Squash

Here is a great article I found on Bloomberg. I’ve heard of squash being used in exercise programs at schools and throughout the community, but never used in a community outreach manner. It looks like it is working out really well, definitely something other areas should consider. The availability of the sport, and the intensity it requires is more than enough to distract some people from other less wholesome undertakings. The article is repeated in full here, but please check out the Bloomberg site linked above. The original author Amanda Gordon has done a great job, and it always puts a smile on my face to read GOOD news, instead of regular (bad) news! Wall Street Rallies for Squash in Harlem at Harvard Club Benefit By Amanda L Gordon January 17, 2019, 7:59 AM CST StreetSquash celebrates 20th anniversary, raises $1.4 million “It’s playing chess while running” Samsung’s David Eun…

Forearms and Wrist Workout you can do at home

It’s not uncommon to neglect your forearms during a workout. For most of us, elbow and wrist mobility isn’t part of our daily exercise. Let’s face it; they are not the most exciting parts of our bodies. What you might not know is that your wrists and forearm muscles are essential and especially when playing squash. The strength of your forearm muscles plays a significant role when it comes to lifting heavy weights for more extended periods. Strengthening the muscles of the wrist and forearm helps with daily living activities such as lifting. Improving your forearm muscles may also help decrease the chances of developing conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Your wrist and forearm extensors play a significant role when it comes to sports, and functional exercise like push-ups, pull-ups, throwing balls, swinging bats, gripping weights and even yoga poses. Neglecting these muscles can lead to injury and imbalanced…

Squash Tips: 5 Common Squash Backhand Mistakes and how to correct them

The backhand can be a difficult shot in squash when and one you may find yourself constantly trying to improve. Your instinct may be to avoid it as much as possible; to maneuver around to your forehand or to position yourself so that you are more likely to get forehand shots. Unfortunately, your game can only advance so far when you are not able to deliver a strong backhand shot. Also, your opponent will be prepared to exploit such an obvious (and common) weakness. Of course, you will, first, want to take the time to have a solid backhand. Just a dependable stroke that you can count on when the time comes. As you continue to build the skill and your comfort level with the stroke and the sport, you will be able to develop different techniques to make your backhand more than a tool and more of a weapon.…

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