the lob

Put it into practice: The lob with Peter Nicol

In this week’s featured playlist, SquashSkills co-founder and legend of the sport Peter Nicol takes us through his guide to the lob.

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Circuit of the month: September

For September’s circuit we’ve put together a great circuit working on developing explosive change of direction ability, designed to help get you moving powerfully and efficiently around the court.

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squash warm up

Put it into practice: The Warm-Up

Anybody who takes part in regular exercise or who participates in a physically demanding sport such as squash, will have doubtless heard countless times that they should be warming-up before they train or play.

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squash injury

Coping with injury

Anybody that plays any kind of sport on a regular basis, will at some point very likely have to deal with the issue of injury. Particularly in a sport as physically demanding and dynamic as squash, sudden trauma injuries (such as strained muscles or sprained ligaments/tendons) or nagging overuse injuries are common.

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Circuit of the month: August

For August’s circuit we’ve put together a challenging repeat-sprint circuit, working a combination of high-intensity efforts with minimal recovery time, perfect to help boost your stamina and maximise your conditioning ready for the new season ahead!

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3 key training tips for masters squash players

We’ve looked in more depth on the site previously at the physiology of how ageing affect the squash player, and with those issues in mind here are our top 3 training tips for masters squash players

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forehand attacking

Put it into practice: Forehand attacking options with David Palmer

Australian legend David Palmer joins us on SquashSkills this week, taking us through his thoughts on attacking in the front forehand corner.

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malcolm willstrop amr shabana

Malcolm Willstrop on Amr Shabana

One of the best ways to improve is to watch the World’s best, something readily available nowadays, identifying what has made them the players they are.

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squash volley

Put it into practice: Volleying with Jesse Engelbrecht

We’re delighted to welcome Jesse Engelbrecht back to SquashSkills this week, to offer us his expert insight into one of the key aspects of the modern game – the volley.

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camille serme

Flow like the French!

To get anywhere close to successfully emulating the French style of play, developing your base physical conditioning is key. Incorporating some foundation strength sessions into your weekly training is crucial if you’re to develop that strength and power across the middle of the court, as well as some more specific dynamic balance and stability work.

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flow

Go with the flow!

This state of ‘flow’ is a widely studied psychological concept and, while difficult to harness, is something that if embraced can be hugely beneficial not just to your sporting performance, but if the psychologist behind the theory is to be believed also to your life in general. Check out the article for more.

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squash backhand practice

Put it into practice: Ali Farag’s backhand options

Fresh from another epic battle with Mohamed El Shorbagy in the Super Series final, world no. 2 Ali Farag joins us this week to share his thoughts on the backhand – specifically from the mid-court area.

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practice length variations

Put it into practice: Length variations

We’ve had a fantastic new squash playlist on the site this week from former South African no. 1 Jesse Engelbrecht.

In this great new collection of videos, Jesse takes an in-depth look at variation within your length, and explains a simple concept of ‘4 zones’ on the front wall that helps you to hit the appropriate type of length at the appropriate time.

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ali farag

Five things that make Ali Farag a great squash player

Here are five reasons why squash player Ali Farag has risen to the top of the men’s game since graduating from Harvard University.

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PSA World Tour

PSA World Tour – The month ahead

We’re looking ahead at the major squash events coming up on the PSA World Tour over the next month and who we feel are the in-form players.

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David Pearson - squash grip

Getting to grips, with the squash grip.

Squash grip is an essential component of every squash player’s technique, it should be worked on from the very first moment that a player picks up a racket.

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Decision making in squash

Elite performers in sports such as squash are often lauded for their ability to play the right shot at the right time.

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mental fatigue

How mental fatigue can affect your squash performance

A hard day at work, social stresses, or any other period of demanding cognitive activity without adequate rest, can result in mental fatigue.

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End of year reflections – 2017

For those squash players keen to hit the ground running in 2018, we’ve got a great selection of fitness tests, exercises and programmes on the site for you!

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circuit training

Circuit training for squash

A great way to organise your physical workouts to optimise this effectiveness and efficiency, is through the use of circuit training.

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