Back to Basics and the Fundamentals

    May 4, 2014 7:09:13 PM / by Jeff Warren posted in Squash Tips, Squash Training, mental focus, training, back to basics, roger federer, squash, tennis


    The inspiration for this post was a twitter post from Roger Federer that was a simple statement with an attached picture.

    This simple statement and image coming from the most successful tennis player of all time really makes a powerful statement. In fact you can read many things in to it. Practicing the simple fundamentals of the game would be the first thing that comes to mind. For a tennis player hitting countless tennis balls against a wall is one of the simplest ways to practice the basics of the game. When I see a racquet leaning against a wall painted like a tennis net I get an image in my mind of a boy hitting the ball against the wall because he loves playing the game. When I think of Roger Federer doing this I think of dedication and willingness to the basic things that are necessary to remain great. All three of these are really important in squash as well of course.

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    Upsets in Squash

    Mar 21, 2012 8:32:49 PM / by Mike McCue posted in Squash Tips, Squash Training, mental, upsets, winning, pro squash, PSA, tennis


    People often wonder why there are so few upsets at the very highest levels of pro squash. It is considered a major upset when someone outside the top 10 beats one from the top five, and seeing someone outside the top 20 take out one of the top boys happens only once or twice a year. Contrast this with tennis, where it is not uncommon to have several of the top 10 crash out early in a tournament. Even the dominant trio of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer fall victim to up and comers barely inside the top 30 from time to time. In my opinion, there are a few different explanations for this difference in dramatic upsets.

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    Tennis - How it can help your squash game

    Jun 19, 2010 8:00:00 PM / by Jeff Warren posted in Squash Tips, Squash Training, volley, drop, attack, relax, squash, tennis

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    I grew up playing tennis and did not play squash until later in life.  I had pretty much given up tennis though for the last few years as I really enjoyed squash more.  I have played a tennis though a couple of times in the last few weeks and have really enjoyed it.

    I have been playing squash now continuously for several years without any real break.  After one slightly frustrating game of squash I decided to go outside and pickup a tennis racquet.  It was a very nice change of pace.  My expectation was low and just went out to relax and have fun - and I did. Playing a game just to enjoy myself was a nice change of pace.  I always play squash fairly seriously but when I went out to play tennis I was just hitting shots and not worrying about the outcome of a match.  After a bit when I started to find my shots again I was hitting really well.  I found that the more relaxed I was when hitting my shots the better the outcome.

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