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- My Game

Australian no.1 Cameron Pilley reveals his favourite shot

- Drew's Diagnosis

ESR high performance coach Lee Drew discusses a topical coaching issue

- Coaches' Corner

David Evans explains how he has lifted Wales to new heights on the squash scene and Malaysian national coach Peter Genever provides tips on a key coaching concept

- National Analysis

Ian McKenzie analyses the fascinating men's final at the 2014 British National Championships

- CV In Bursts

Gary Nisbet outlines three CV programmes to use before or after matches or practices

- Allistair McCaw

Fitness guru to triple world champion Ramy Ashour, investigates the most important element in being a great mover

- How to Find the G Spot in Squash

In a new book Spanish based Kiwi Tony Griffin takes a fresh look at some of the key ideas in squash.

- Fitting Fitness In

In the first of a new series, fitness and sports conditioning expert Gary Nisbet underlines the importance of physical fitness to squash players and gives some tips on how to organise your sessions

- My Game

Athletic Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez tells Squash Player about his game - his favourite shot, his training routine and what parts of his game he wants to improve

- What The Rules Say

With the PSA trying to reduce the number of stoppages in the professional game, Ian McKenzie examines what the rules say about playing the ball

- My Game

Former world no.1 James Willstrop discusses many aspects of his game with Squash Player Editor Ian McKenzie

- The American Dream

Peter Barker tells Simon Redfern that American camps are a good model for UK organisers to follow and Ben Ford outlines what to expect from his summer courses 

- Drew's Drop Shots

England high performance coach Lee Drew addresses key coaching issues in the sport and performance specialist Allistair McCaw advises how to use nerves to your advantage

- The Voices In My Head

Simon Hartley advises what you should do if you start thinking negative thoughts

- Stay Strong But Supple

Allistair McCaw explains why resistance tube training is perfect for squash

- The Rumble

World champion Nick Matthew reveals the ultimate squash training torture called 'The Rumble'

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- My Game

Fast-rising Egyptian Mohamed Elshorbagy discusses tactics in part two of his interview with Squash Player

- My Game
Mohamed Elshorbagy, the youngest player in the world’s top 10, discusses his game with The Squash Player in part one of a two-part article

- Harford's Dream

Jonny Harford, director of squash at Wycliffe College, tells Rod Gilmour why he has the ideal job.

- Squashercise Launched (PDF)

Ian McKenzie Reports On A New Exercise Lanched For Women Based Around Squash

- A Professional Mindset

Simon Hartley stresses how important preparation is in sport and illustrates his point with examples from golf and football

- David's Mental Edge

Seven-time world champion Nicol David and her psychologist, Frank Cabooter, talk to Richard Eaton about the techniques they use to ease the pressure on her

- Coaching Overload and iPhone Coaching

Points on playing and coaching from Squash Player editor Ian McKenzie and how the iPhone was used in the men's World Championship

- Analysis

Ian McKenzie reflects on the significance of the 2012 Men’s World Championship in Qatar

- A Long Rivalry

Peter Nicol explains why he and Jonathon Power were such fierce rivals during their pro careers

- Practice to improve

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- What separates the best from the rest?

It’s Focus – says Allistair McCaw and the good news is it can be learnt (PDF)


- ESR Coaching Conference  

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- Strength Training for Squash

Take the Cable way says McCaw (PDF)


- Periodisation Part 1

Allister McCaw suggests ways of planning your training so as to achieve peak performance at crucial moments ...


- Periodisation Part 2

Allister McCaw suggests ways of planning your training so as to achieve peak performance at crucial moments ...


- Achilles Pain

Phil Newton of Lilleshall Sports Injury Rehab explains why, suprisingly, the best method of treatment for Achilles Pain can be exercise


- Allistair McCaw works out with former Wimbledon and French Open semi-finalist Xavier Malisse on building leg strength and lateral movement

- Groin Strain 2
Practical exercises designed to combat hip and groin pain in a Prehab Circuit. (PDF)

- Groin Strain
Getting groin strain sorted, sportspeople don’t only suffer from sports injuries (PDF)

- Commit To Get Fit
Improve your on-court performance with just a little fitness training (PDF)

- No Such Thing As Pressure
Pressure is created by your imagination says Simon Hartley ...

- Small Changes Big Results’
Achieving your potential is a question of attitude ....(PDF)

- Your Dynamic Warm-Up
Are You Doing Enough to Improve Your Game

- McCaw on Core
Dramatically improve your performance by strengthening our core... (PDF)

- Rate Yourself
Are you doing enough to improve your game?
Rate yourself and learn exactly what you could be doing better (PDF

- Squash Coaches Survey
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- RICE for a sprained ankle
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- Question and Answer Session
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- Think Tactics
Mike Way, coach to Jonathon Power, explains the seven key factors in a match  -
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- Mastershot
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- Nicol’s Coaching Tips
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Q.9 Couple of my opponents are really tall guys, 6'4" and 6'6". They play almost the same game. They have a great retrieval game and they give me BIG trouble with cutting off my balls. They just have a LONG reach! I find it difficult to pass the ball behind them! I try to hit hard to put them under pressure but I lose some accuracy and they put me away! If I hit nice but hard length, they let the ball go back and then have a GOOD swing at it from the back wall which could put me under pressure. If I slow down the pace and hit softer to get more control and tight shots, it COULD put them in some trouble but it's not a winner for me. They have good reach and retrieve and they get to everything. I tried nice high lobs but it doesn't seem to threaten them at all. If the lob is not PERFECT, I'm dead! What do I do?

I'm known in the club for having really good shots and skill with the racket but if I cannot hit a lot of winners and finish my opponent off, I eventually tire out and lose the match!

A.9. Unfortunately your opponents have two fundamental abilities in squash – good volleying and good retrieving ability.

Tall players can use their advantage with reach to take the ball out of the air but may not be as quick on the turn or to get down to low balls in the front so you can investigate these avenues.

You have thought about your tactical problem with these opponents and tried different things. One way you can look at tactics is as the balance of a number of different elements – for example shots to the back and shots to the front, or hard and soft shots. For example a basic tactic is to get your opponent in the back and then attack (play to the front) when you have two conditions: your opponent out of position (off the T) and an easy ball.

To get a good volleyer back: hit mainly straight; when you do crosscourt put more width on the ball and try to find the safely to the side wall; hit lower and harder; use very high lobs.

You have said when you hit very high and the ball rebounds off the back or out of the back corners you are in trouble. It is still probably a good idea to play some of these shots and if you do give your opponents an opportunity try to anticipate their return. (You do have some experience of this! Go straight there!)

You have (or you believe you have) a problem with over-hitting and opponents able to take advantage or the rebounding ball. Experiment with the length of your drives, pull them a little shorter and your find a range that pushes them to the back and gives them a problem. If your opponent leaves a gap punch in a lower dying length ball that will not rebound.

It does seem you are having some success at getting your opponent’s back with the slower game and lobs. This is not however the whole game. Look for opportunities to attack, to apply pressure on the volley and with hard hitting, and play a positional game where you are moving your opponent.

It seems you could develop your attacking shots some more and get a bit fitter but these are other questions.

Have a look at the opportunities Peter Nicol uses to win points in the Workshop section.

Remember tactics is about playing the right shot at the right time.







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