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    Winning in Tough Conditions

    Mar 27, 2012 7:53:33 AM / by Mike McCue posted in mental toughness, training, Uncategorized, winning, squash courts

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    Learning how to play in unfavourable/imperfect conditions has been one of the most important lessons in my short career. Playing different types of tournaments in different types of clubs in different types of cities and countries provides invaluable experience in the art of adapting to your surroundings and making the best of the situation.  Very, very rarely have I felt perfectly prepared for a match. There are usually a few variables that I fail to or cannot control, even before matches I have been thinking about for months beforehand. There is always some sort of inconvenience or other circumstance that prevents ideal preparation. Part of being a good player though means doing your best to minimize the variables that you can control.

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    Overcoming Mental Hurdles

    Feb 19, 2012 8:24:15 PM / by Mike McCue posted in Squash Tips, Squash Training, matthew, mental strength, mental tips, mental toughness, willstrop, winning, squash tips, success

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    As I’ve mentioned in my previous blogs, the mental side of squash is an important and intriguing part of the game that separates great players from good players at many levels. One of the most difficult parts of the mental game to master is believing in yourself to beat slightly better/higher ranked players in important matches. This is something you must come to grips with if you desire to climb the rankings; be it worldwide, nationally or even locally. Improvements made through practice are only tangible when translated into a competitive setting.

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    Squash - The cost of a bagel

    Feb 17, 2012 3:51:20 PM / by Jeff Warren posted in Squash Tips, mental toughness, focus, squash, tips

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    Thursday night is league night for me in our regional league.  I play B level and myself had a pretty straight forward match.  Our #1 though was in very tough playing the top player in our league, one of the top under 19 players in Canada. The junior used to play at our club until he went to University so these two have played countless time before.  The match ended with the expected player winning but not without some interesting twists and turns along the way.

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    The Fascinating Game of Squash

    Feb 15, 2012 8:44:08 AM / by Mike McCue posted in Squash Tips, Squash Training, Jonathon Power, mental toughness, training, advice, squash, squash tips, tactics

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    Few activities (healthy ones, at least) are as captivating as squash. People who have never seen it played in their lives suddenly become fascinated by the sport and play every day. It has endless new challenges and skills to master, and there is always someone better than you. In this post, I am going to detail some of the reasons I personally find squash such an amazing game. Ultimately, I think these observations can help simplify the game and make you a better player.

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