We’re pleased to welcome back elite coach and PSA commentator extraordinaire Lee Drew to SquashSkills this week, with a brand new featured series on the theme of ‘Back to Basics’ looking primarily at the grip and grip adaptations.
Whenever I walk past a court and see two decent amateur players having a match the first thing that strikes me is the sound that is being produced by the players. Often it is quite a loud sound with lots of hard hitting and heavy movements.
We’re welcoming back SquashSkills regular Jesse Engelbrecht this week for his latest featured playlist, where this time he’s turning his expert eye to take a look at one of our real squash fundamentals: Controlling the T.
After watching a lot of PSA matches of late and then going in to coach amateur players, one massive disconnect that I am noticing a lot and that is becoming more and more evident is the lack of bend in the knees amateur players use. If you watch a pro match take a moment to notice and look at what is happening in the lower half of the body. It is phenomenal how much they use their knees and legs to contribute to the shot. Amateurs tend to be very limited with the amount of softening of the knees that they use and this contributes to a lot of limitations within their games. If you are going to watch someone, at the moment for me Joel Makin is one of the best in the world at this and I believe part of his recent success is due to how low he gets in his shots.
We’ve got top Aussie coach Shaun Moxham back on SquashSkills this week, taking us through the basics of the serve – a shot that is often undervalued at the amateur level, but which plays a key role in being effective on the court.
We’ve had the privilege of hosting some fantastic coaching insight from one of the greatest British professional players of the generation here at SquashSkills over the past couple of weeks, with our brand new ‘Best in the Business’ series featuring former world no.1 James Willstrop in its inaugural edition.
One huge area that I get amateur players to do to improve quickly is the idea of NOT clipping the sidewall when they are playing straight. This is especially true and exaggerated even more when attempting to taking the ball in short.
Ever-popular South African luminary Jesse Engelbrecht is back leading our brand new featured content this week, this time delving into the intricacies of the back forehand corner.
You often hear a lot of coaches on the site talk about ‘using your strings’ when explaining a concept about how to hit the ball. This seems a particularly common phrase when coaches are talking about taking the ball in short. The concept can also be applied to different subtle types of lengths also and an appreciation of this subtle art is useful. It could be deemed quite an obvious term to ‘use your strings’ as what else would you use right? The frame of your racket? The grip? You obviously want to hit the ball using your strings so what really does ‘using your strings’ mean?
It’s the final entry in our SquashSkills exclusive 3-part series ‘Nick Matthew’s guide to the volley’ this week, with a deeper examination of the more advanced elements of the shot being covered this time round.
Do you often get wrapped up watching the Shot of the Season videos on the PSA and be in awe of what you have just seen? Or watching how Tarek Momen effortlessly puts in his backhand volley drop inch perfect? Or Ali Farag’s backhand cross-court nick? Or Daryl Selby’s backhand topspin volley? Or Mohammed Shorbagy’s forehand booming kill? Or Nour El Tayeb’s forehand volley kills? Or Raneem El Welily’s forehand to spin deception?
We’re delighted to release the second part of our comprehensive Nick Matthew series on the volley this week, moving onto some more technical aspects of the shot for those players who are already proficient at the basics.
We’re excited to introduce our brand new comprehensive series on volleying to the site this week – and who better to take us on this journey, than 3 x World Champion and legend of the game Nick Matthew!
It’s been great to welcome elite Australian coach Shaun Moxham back on the site this week, featuring a new series of videos where he demonstrates some very innovative and creative ways to apply pressure to his students – perfect for those looking to take their training intensity up a notch.
Due to popular demand, elite coach Jesse Engelbrecht is back with us on SquashSkills this week with another great playlist. For this brand new series, Jesse takes a look at the bane of many a squash players life – the backhand return of serve!
One huge area of frustration for a lot of players is the ability to deal effectively with balls that get put into the deep backhand corner of the court. In the playlist, a lot of key fundamentals were drilled down on and paid attention to, and in my opinion what areas need to be done well in order to have successful outcomes.
This week we welcome back Elite Squash Head Coach Hadrian Stiff to the site. Hadrian has put together a fascinating playlist that examines his personal philosophies surrounding the ‘learning journey’, and how he approaches that coaching process with the players he works with.
This week’s featured video content is focused on some of the common issues amateur players have on the forehand side of the court. SquashSkills founder and former Welsh international player Jethro Binns was joined on-court by friend of the site Paul Miles, for a much requested follow up to their previous playlist where they worked on the backhand side.
New Zealand’s Paul Coll is our featured player this week, and we’ve had a fantastic response to our exclusive documentary ‘More Than a Machine’ that examines the background and training regime of the Kiwi star.
The purpose of this blog is to give you some suggestions of elements you can incorporate into your training, to help allow you to put into practice some of Paul’s conditioning-related insights.