Category: Performance

Origins Part 2 – The Barringtons give their views on court sprints

27th March 2020
court sprints

Check out this clip from the Origins series that sees Joey and Jonah discuss the merits of court sprints and how you can effectively balance solo practice and physical exercise.

This 30-minute interview has been very well received and offers some light relief during these particularly difficult times.

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Common amateur fault – Reactive movement

24th March 2020
reactive

In this next instalment Common Amateur Faults, I will be looking at the concept of reactive movement in the game.

I really like this definition of reactive movement: 

“Acting in response to a situation rather than creating or controlling it” 👎🏼❌

Now let’s compare this definition to the definition of proactive movement:

“Creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened” 👍🏼✅

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3 Strategies For Boosting Pre-Match Energy Levels

22nd January 2020
pre-match

It’s a familiar feeling, and pretty much every squash player has been there at some point or another – turning up at the club for a scheduled match or training session with a brain tired and fatigued from a long day at work, legs feeling like they’re made out of lead, and a general desire to be anywhere else in the world rather than about to step on court for a game of squash!

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Origins of ghosting with Jonah Barrington – Movement

23rd December 2019
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Squash movement is unlike any other sporting movement and it’s important that you devote time to practising these unique footwork patterns prior to your matchplay.

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Year in review: Your 2019 squash performance analysis – Part 2

As 2019 winds down and thoughts turn to Christmas and New Year celebrations for most, it’s a good opportunity to take a step back and turn a critical eye to your squash performance over the past year. In this two-part article we’re going to take a look at how you can go through and evaluate all the key areas of your game, and then consider how you can start building a plan to tackle your weaknesses head-on in 2020!

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Year in review: Your 2019 squash performance analysis – Part 1

18th December 2019
analysis

As 2019 winds down and thoughts turn to Christmas and New Year celebrations for most, it’s a good opportunity to take a step back and turn a critical eye to your squash performance over the past year. In this two-part article we’re going to take a look at how you can go through and evaluate all the key areas of your game, and then consider how you can start building a plan to tackle your weaknesses head-on in 2020!

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10 New Years resolutions to help improve your health and performance

26th November 2019

New year, new you! This is the time of year when mood is good and motivation high, with many players setting themselves commitments and targets for the coming 12 months.

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3 Training Tips for the Larger Player

17th October 2019
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While elite-level squash sees players carry a variety of frames and sizes, according to the PSA’s bio info most male professional players are typically around 5’11/6’0 tall, and between around 70kg and 80kg (and shorter and lighter for females). At an amateur level however, there tends to be a far greater breadth of shapes and body types.

So if you identify as a larger player, or if you’re currently carrying excess weight beyond your usual norms, what should you be aware of as regards adjustments to your training?

 

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3 Simple Things You Can Do Daily To Boost Your Squash Performance

25th September 2019
squash performance

There are many things you can do to improve your squash, from training hard in the gym to getting on court with a good coach, to playing matches against players of a range of different styles and standards (plus logging in regularly to SquashSkills of course!).

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Put it into practice: Playing different styles with DP

2nd September 2019
different styles

We’re privileged to have top English coach David ‘DP’ Pearson back with us talking about playing different styles on SquashSkills this week, one of the very best in the business.

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11 Points on Fitness Q&A: Tom Richards

28th August 2019
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We have a brand new edition of our popular ’11 Points on Fitness’ Q&A, this time featuring English international and world number 24, Tom Richards.

Tom had a very good start to the 2019/20 season in the China Open, overcoming Egyptian world junior champion Mostafa Asal with an excellent 3/0 victory, before falling to a very narrow 3/2 loss against world no. 1 Ali Farag in the quarter-finals.

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Put it into practice: Attacking patterns of play with LJ Anjema

16th August 2019
attacking patterns of play

We’re thrilled to welcome back Dutch star LJ Anjema to SquashSkills this week, taking a look at the topic of ‘attacking patterns of play’.

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Put it into practice: Angles of attack

5th August 2019

SquashSkills favourite Jesse Engelbrecht is back in the spotlight for our featured content this week, with an exciting new series looking at ‘angles of attack’.

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Put it into practice: Play like Ramy Ashour

21st July 2019
Ramy Ashour

We’ve got an extra special feature on the site this week, with Peter Nicol taking an in-depth look at the magic and artistry of one of the all-time great players – the sensational Egyptian shotmaker, Ramy Ashour.

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5 top tips to help you get the most out of your squash training sessions

26th June 2019
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Whatever level you play at, your training time is valuable. Whether you’re a purely recreational player juggling a busy work and family calendar trying to fit in a few extra sessions a week to improve, or you’re an elite level professional looking to cover the entire spectrum of solo practice, drill sessions, matchplay, and physical training, time is rarely something that we have in abundance.
To help you maximise your precious training time and get the very most out of your available session slots, check out our SquashSkills top 5 tips.

 

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11 Points on Fitness Q&A: Mazen Hesham

22nd May 2019

We have a brand new edition of our popular ’11 Points on Fitness’ Q&A, this time featuring Egyptian star Mazen Hesham.

Mazen has been on a long road back from injury after first bursting onto the scene several years ago, but a big win over Diego Elias at this week’s British Open is a sign that he’s almost back to his best.

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Malcolm Willstrop – Accuracy

15th April 2019

We asked Malcolm Willstrop what the single most important attribute was in order to become a successful squash player. His answer… Accuracy.    

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Put it into practice: Match preparation with Paul Coll

31st December 2018

We’ve had some fascinating new content on the site from world number 7 Paul ‘Superman’ Coll, looking at how he prepares himself for an important match and some of the things he does as part of his daily routine to build up to it. The aim of this article is to give you some practical tools you can take away from Paul’s advice, and help make your preparation as conducive to optimal performance as possible.

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