A new racket tracking sensor from Racketware specifically targeted at squash has recently launched. It allows players to accurately measure the motion of their racket at high speed under actual match conditions, providing accurate data that would be very difficult to get from any other source.
Watching the Olympics this week, it struck me again just how fine the margins can be between winning and losing in competitive sport.
When two opponents are so evenly matched, it can come down to the minutest of factors that give a player that crucial edge that carries them to victory – surprisingly, there is research to suggest that this may even include something as seemingly trivial as the colour of the clothes that you wear!
In pretty much any large scale commercial gym you might wander into, you’re more or less guaranteed these days to see a number of various inflatable balls, foam blocks, wobble boards and other ‘Unstable Surface’ items of training equipment. But are they of any use for the squash player?
There’s a huge range of different fitness tools and devices available these days, of a wildly varying degree of use and effectiveness. Amongst this backdrop of ‘must-have’ gadgets carefully marketed to part the fitness enthusiast from their money in their quest for the next latest and greatest workout tool, sometimes the simpler things get lost.
The humble Skipping Rope is one such oft-forgotten item, yet for the squash player in particular, it is an invaluable addition to your kit bag. Cheap, portable, and easy to use, no squash player should be without one!
Are you new to the game of squash, and wondering which type of squash ball you should be using? A few factors go into choosing the correct squash ball, helping ensure it stays lively during play. Understanding which squash ball to use can be a bit confusing. Choosing the correct ball can make a huge difference to the amount of enjoyment you’re able to take from a practice session or match.
At SquashSkills we often get asked “what’s the best squash racket?” – particularly from players that are new to the game. We’ve enlisted the help of our friends at Sweatband to guide you through choosing the best squash racket.
There are always an interesting variety of ‘performance enhancement’ tools, supplements, and interventions being utilised/promoted by top level athletes, some with more scientific plausibility behind them than others. These tend to vary in popularity, some being mere fleeting trends that are gone and replaced by some other fad in short order, while others can often stick around a lot longer.
My motto when playing professionally was “to never to stop learning”. The very best players in the world do not get to a point and then decide to stop practicing or improving – the ones that do you see flying down the ranking list pronto!!
This motto is something a coach should always be living by as well. I’ve been guilty of believing in my own coaching techniques above all others at times, much to my detriment.
So many squash players neglect their strings, even though proper stringing can make a huge difference to the way a racket performs.
Working on a coaching camp with a group of elite juniors recently, one of the things we were discussing with the youngsters in respect to how they could set themselves apart as players, was the crucial importance of proper preparation – be it for training, competitive league matches, or as part of a tournament. Something that we looked at as part of this was what should be considered the most important and essential contents of a player’s squash bag.
Overuse injuries are unfortunately common in squash, due to the highly demanding physical nature of the game.
These injuries often manifest themselves within the arm around the shoulder and elbow region, but more commonly they tend to occur in the hips, knees, ankles, and feet – things like Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, and painful blisters being familiar to many players.