Category: Technique

Put it into practice: How to defend effectively with James Willstrop

17th October 2020
defend

We’re delighted to have James Willstrop back on the site this week, with the former world number 1 and multiple time British champion joining us for a brand new playlist based around learning to defend effectively.

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Importance of having a good technique

15th October 2020
technique

Having a solid technique has got to be one of the most sought-after assets in the game of squash.

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Put it into practice: Sustainable Solo Practice with Nick Matthew

5th October 2020
solo practice

This week on SquashSkills we’re delighted to welcome back 3x World Champion and one of the all-time greats of the game, Nick Matthew!

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Put it into practice: Kill Variations

21st September 2020
kill

SquashSkills founder Jethro Binns has put together an excellent playlist taking an in-depth look at the technique and variations of attacking with the ‘kill’ shot.

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Put it into practice: Movement in the Front Corners

7th September 2020

We’ve delighted to have had Jesse Engelbrecht back with us this month, one of our most popular SquashSkills in-house contributors. He’s filmed a comprehensive pair of playlists for us, taking a look at the intricacies of movement into the front corners of the court.

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Put it into practice: Hitting Cross-Court with Lee Drew

17th August 2020

Lee Drew is back in front of the camera for us this week, bringing with him his extensive experience as an elite coach, professional referee consultant, and PSA TV co-commentator. He’s put together an excellent new series for us, taking an in-depth look at all things relating to hitting cross-court.

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Put it into practice: Serve variations with Jethro Binns

3rd August 2020
serve variations

SquashSkills CEO Jethro Binns has put together another great playlist this week, this time taking a look at one of the most important but under-appreciated shots in the game – the serve.

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Put it into practice: Effective Defending with Jesse Engelbrecht

21st July 2020

SquashSkills favourite Jesse Engelbrecht is back in front of the camera for us this week, drilling down into what is a really deep and interesting topic – that of ‘effective defending’. This is a great playlist on a really crucial aspect of the sport, delivered in Jesse’s usual methodical and engaging approach.

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Put it into practice: Taking the ball short with Hadrian Stiff

6th July 2020
short

Elite Squash Head Coach Hadrian Stiff joins us again this week, with an in-depth playlist on the process of taking the ball short. Taking the ball into the front of the court is such a huge part of the game, yet is something that so many amateur players struggle to do with any real control or consistency.

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Put it into practice: Guide to the boast with Lee Drew

22nd June 2020
boast

This week we welcome back Lee Drew, a man of many talents in the squash world including elite coach, professional referee consultant, and PSA TV co-commentator. He’s put together a comprehensive new series for us, covering all of the what’s, why’s, and how’s of the boast.

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Put it into practice: Counter drops & trickle boasts with Jethro Binns

1st June 2020
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SquashSkills CEO Jethro Binns steps back in front of the camera this week, bringing us his guidance and advice on using counter drops and trickle boasts to help develop your threat at the front of the court.

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The graceful movement of the pros explained

28th May 2020
movement

When observing professional players I have noticed, on the whole, a specific ratio of movement that occurs when they are in control and not having to scramble. The effortless flow and grace around the court is something to behold and admire and there are a few key specifics that they employ in order to allow the ‘walking’ towards the shot as well as back to the T area. 

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Put it into practice: Solo practices with Joey Barrington

18th May 2020
solo

After all the events of the past few months, It’s great to finally see squash courts begin to open up in certain parts of the world. It does look likely however, that there will be some restrictions placed upon their use in the short-term, although these may differ from place to place – this may mean that for many though, they’ll only be allowed on-court to train alone for now.

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Put it into practice: Ball skill development from home

28th April 2020
ball skill

This brand new playlist sees SquashSkills own Jesse Engelbrecht back with another instalment of his ever-entertaining ball skill development at-home exercises!

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Put it into practice: The grip with Lee Drew

16th March 2020
grip

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.

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Common Amateur Fault – Lack of chipping

27th February 2020
chipping

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.

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Put it into practice: Control the T

17th February 2020

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.

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Common amateur fault – not getting low enough

12th December 2019
getting low

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.

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Put it into practice: Serving basics with Shaun Moxham

18th November 2019
serving basics

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.

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Put it into practice: James Willstrop’s backhand dropshot

21st October 2019
james willstrop

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.

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