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Put it into practice: Unlock the secrets of clean hitting on the backhand!

Getting the biomechanics of your swing working correctly is essential to hitting a successful backhand. In the brand new series on SquashSkills with amateur player, Paul Miles we filmed a one on one coaching session and explained the key elements of the swing that allow you to hit with more pace and accuracy.

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The Practice Environment

The entire purpose of practice is to get better and there are different ways to achieve that, depending on how much better you want to get. Not everybody wants to be a professional and take their sport incredibly seriously and their practice will be a reflection of that

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Put it into practice: Hitting on the rise with DP

The aim of this blog is to help you identify the drills and practices that will allow you to best implement DP’s insights into your game, and provide you with the tools to start incorporating this highly effective tactic into your on-court toolbox.


What’s new at SquashSkills: Put it into practice

It’s been a busy period here at SquashSkills that has seen us make a few changes to the way we’re doing things.


Building the Mental Game

The purpose of this post is to start peeling away the layers of the mental element so you know exactly what counts as a mental skill. The end result will be an improvement in your performance and that is what it’s all about.


Guide to using the fitness side of the site

We want you to get the very most out of the fitness side of the site, and there’s a variety of things you can do to ensure you get optimal usage.


Guide to creating your own sessions

We want you to get the very most out of the fitness side of the site, and there’s a variety of things you can do to ensure you get optimal usage.


Guide to session planning

SquashSkills is designed to give anyone the chance to learn from some of the best coaches in the world through the weekly playlists. However the platform has much more power beyond just offering video coaching content.


Guide to playlists

Here at SquashSkills we release playlists on a weekly basis that cover all aspects of the sport. We curate each week by working with coaches and players that we truly respect and trust to deliver useful and insightful content.

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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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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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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.


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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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 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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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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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.


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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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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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.