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Squash – Movement to and from the ball

Movement in squash is probably the most important aspect of the game. It is also one the things that really separates different levels of players. When moving to the ball there are a few key elements to consider. Most of the time if you can you need to get on the ball quickly to have the option of putting time pressure on your opponent. You also need to approach the ball in a manner that leaves you options as to where you hit the ball. One of the most critical points of moving to the ball though is leaving yourself in a good position to move off of the ball. I believe this is probably the biggest differences between high level players and lower level players. Continue reading

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Amr Shabana’s Forehand – Preparation, Hold and Deception

I am watching the Grasshopper Cup 2014 on www.psasquashtv.com currently and am having a good look at Shabana’s forehand. It really is a thing of beauty. He has my favourite forehand on tour. There are several components of it that I really like. His racquet preparation, his hold, how deceptive it is and how consistent it is are what make it so good.

Amr Shabana wearing the Salming Race R1 2.0

Photo credit to squashsite.co.uk

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Amr Shabana and the Salming Race R1 2.0 Squash Shoes

I learned just before the Tournament of Champions that Salming had signed Amr Shabana. My contact was not sure if he would be playing with them at the tournament as he had just signed and indeed he did not. He did however play with the Salming Race R1 2.0 at the Case Swedish Open 2014 in his first round match.

Amr Shabana hoisting the trophy after winning the 2014 Tournament of Champions

Photo credit to http://www.psaworldtour.com/

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Davenport North American Open 2013 Edition – The Quarters

This year’s tournament is proving to be very entertaining.  The round of 16 has just finished and there has already been a few terrific matches.  The match between Simon Rosner and Omar Mosaad in particular was really entertaining yesterday and was really fun to watch.  The momentum swings were incredible as was the pace of the ball.  I could not believe how hard Mosaad was hitting.  The commentary on @_SquashTV about how hard they were hitting and how loud it was at the venue was hilarious.  The other match that was fantastic was the Tarek Momen versus Chris Gordon match.  Twitter was absolutely abuzz with conversation about this match and Gordon’s terrific effort in this match.

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PSA 2013 World Series Squash Finals

PSA World Series Squash FinalsThe 2013 PSA Squash Finals have been extremely entertain thus far.  The semi-finals today look to be two highly competitive matches.  The first match between Gregory Gaultier and Nick Matthew. The second semi-final features James Willstrop and Amr Shabana.

Gregory Gaultier

Gaultier has been on in very fine so far this tournament.  In particular his match against James Willstrop was highly competitive and top quality squash. He managed to beat Willstrop who was the #1 ranked player of all of 2012.

Nick Matthew

Nick Matthew needed a win yesterday. After having lost his first match against Amr Shabana he found himself in a must win match for the rest of the group matches.  Not an enviable task but one that he took on and succeeded at.  He took advantage of the loose play of Shorbagy in his second match and closed the match in 2 games.  He was able to get past Peter Barker in 2 straight games as well.

The first semi is a very tough match for me to pick a winner of.  Nick had to win yesterday but did so in convincing fashion and did it in 2 games.  Gregory did not look up for his match against Karim yesterday and went down in 2 games.  Both should be on pretty equal footing physically.  I am going to pick Nick in a very tough match to go through to the final.

James Willstrop

James found himself in a must win situation yesterday as well having lost to Gaultier in the second round of group play.  He played Simon Rosner yesterday and managed to close out the match in 2 straight games and should be fairly fresh for today’s match.

Amr Shabana

Amr’s match yesterday was probably the hardest match on paper and it lived up to its billing.  He was up against Mohamed el Shorbagy who no doubt wanted was really up for his match with Shabana.  Amr had already qualified for semi’s but came out determined as ever to get the win yesterday.  Off all the players in this tournament he has been in the best form so far and is the defending champion.  Can he retain the title or did he expend a little too much energy yesterday?

I am really excited about the second semi-final.  Amr has been playing so well having gone undefeated so far.  Willstrop though is such an incredible tactician on court and may well be able to contain Shabana’s brilliant attack.  My pick is Willstrop in another tightly contested match setting up an all English final.

If you have any thoughts about today’s semi’s leave a comment below.

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Product Announcement – Hi-Tec S701 Indoor Court Shoes

What do Amr Shabana, James Willstrop and David Palmer have in common?  The Hi-Tec S701 Indoor Court Shoes. We have just received our initial shipment and have sizes 7-12 and 13 in stock. Be one of the first squash players to use these great shoes and pickup a pair. The Hi-Tec S701 Indoor Court Shoes can be found at our online store.

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Squash Racket Review – Dunlop Aerogel 4D Ultimate

The Dunlop Aerogel 4D Ultimate Squash Racquet is one of the top end racquets from Dunlop. It is a great control racquet, has reasonable power due to its oversized head and has that great Dunlop feel.

The biggest reason for its great control is its 16 x 19 string pattern. 16 x 19 is a very dense string pattern for a squash racquet.  In particular it has two extra main strings more than the other Dunlop racquets that have the similar frame design.

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Squash Racquets of the Pro’s

Dunlop has a real strangle hold on the top 5 position in the PSA. They have spots 1,2,3 and 5. Here is the list of players in the top 5 that are using Dunlop and the squash racquets the use.

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Dunlop Squash Gear now available at Control the ‘T’ Sports

Contact: Jeff Warren
Phone: 877-370-4661
Email: jeff@controlthet.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTROL THE ‘T’ SPORTS IS PROUD TO NOW BE OFFERING DUNLOP SQUASH EQUIPMENT

Dunlop Sports

We at Control the ‘T’ Sports are very pleased to now be offering Dunlop squash gear.  Dunlop has a long history in our sport.  They have a history of greatness.

The three players in the above picture epitomize Dunlop.  All three have been number one in the squash world – just like Dunlop.  Dunlop racquets are used by more professional squash players than any other brand.

Gregory Gauthier uses the Dunlop Aerogel 4D Elite.  This great looking frame has plenty of power.  If you are looking for the Dunlop feel and want the maximum power offered by Dunlop look no further.

Nick Matthew plays with the Dunlop Aerogel 4D Evolution 120.  In Nick’s words it is “The reason why I moved to Dunlop”.  It is not the traditional shape of Dunlop but it has the the traditional feel of a Dunlop.  It is a lightweight frame that has lots of power and being head light is very maneuverable.  Almost nothing gets past Nick and he keeps his opponents under constant pressure, the speed of the Dunlop Aerogel 4D Evolution 120 certainly fits his game.

Amr Shabana plays with the Dunlop Aerogel 4D Ultimate.  The Ultimate’s denser string bed, a 16 x 19 string pattern offers superior control while still offering very good power.  The Dunlop Aerogel 4D Ultimate and Amr Shabana are a great match as both exude control!

Dunlop has a great selection of squash racquets and we at Control the ‘T’ Sports are definitely proud to be carrying them!

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For more information contact Jeff Warren by email at jeff@controlthet.com or by calling 1.877.370.4661

 

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RAMY ASHOUR NOW PLAYING WITH DUNLOP

I stumbled on some incredible news from the world of squash while reading SquashZAG – Ramy Ashour, currently ranked #2 in the world is now playing with Dunlop. What a great move for Dunlop. They now have #1, #2, #4 and #5 playing with their racquets. There will be much said about this over the next few days I am sure but for now here is the official press release.

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