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    Squash - Early Racquet Preparation

    May 30, 2013 10:16:19 PM / by Jeff Warren posted in Squash Tips, Squash Training, training, racquet preparation, squash, tips

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    I had a chance to discuss racquet preparation with the pro at my squash club today and we went over some things that I knew but were definitely good to have reinforced. Early racquet preparation has some real benefits. It gives you more options as to what shot to hit. It also improves deception making it harder for your opponent to figure out what shot you are playing. Another benefit is it allows you to adjust quicker to a ball that takes an unexpected bounce.

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    Developing Juniors

    Apr 28, 2013 4:51:50 PM / by Mike McCue posted in Squash Tips, Squash Training, junior development, mental, training, squash

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    Having learned the sport in a relatively "rural" squash area, and now living in the biggest hotbed for junior squash in Canada, the topic of junior development is very interesting to me. I often think about the best ways to groom young players into stars, and try to figure out what key elements make or break a junior's development. Hopefully there are some juniors or parents of juniors reading this!

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    Squash - Remember to enjoy playing it

    Dec 31, 2012 2:26:18 PM / by Jeff Warren posted in Squash Tips, Squash Training, mental, training, squash, tip

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    I have definitely talked about mental confidence before but wanted to discuss from a little different perspective this time.  I am sure we have all played against someone that is young, new to the game and really fit and can seemingly chase down any ball.  Even when they can't quite get it they often exclaim how close they were to getting the ball. They run all over the court and have a smile on their face while doing it.  They look like they are actually having fun chasing the ball around the court.  Why do they look this way? The obvious answer is more often than not the right one.  They are having fun!

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    Squash - Mental Confidence

    Nov 4, 2012 10:08:02 AM / by Jeff Warren posted in Squash Tips, Squash Training, mental, training, squash, tip

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    Mental confidence is critical in a squash match.  Confidence can be fickle.  It can come and go if you let it.  What do you do if you are losing confidence?

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    SquashSkills.com - Worth the subscription

    Jul 12, 2012 4:42:10 PM / by Jeff Warren posted in Squash Tips, Squash Training, Jethro Binns, Lee Drew, News, peter nicol, training, Uncategorized, Review, review, squashskills

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    Actively Improving

    Apr 3, 2012 8:22:08 AM / by Mike McCue posted in Squash Tips, Squash Training, improving, mental, training, practice

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    One of the more frustrating elements of training full time for me has been the slow rate of improvement. It would seem logical to think that doubling the amount of time you train (which is essentially what happens when you go from juniors to pro) will double your rate of improvement. Andre Agassi touched on this in his autobiography; his father had him hit one million balls a year, thinking that any 10 year-old who hits a million balls would be unbeatable. I think there is some merit to this theory, but overall increased volume does not equate to faster improvement. For a while I fell into this trap, thinking that I would naturally improve just by playing more squash. I quickly realized though that drilling and playing unconsciously does nothing to help you improve and can even be detrimental to your game.  You have to be constantly aware of what is happening on court, what you are doing and why you are doing it. If you are trying to change something, be aware of it and make a conscious effort to improve it.

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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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    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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    How the Pros Train

    Feb 9, 2012 7:31:31 AM / by Mike McCue posted in Squash Tips, Squash Training, Mike McCue, national squash academy, training, pro squash, PSA, squash tips, squash training

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    Some of the most frequent questions people ask about life as a squash player (other than “How much money do you make?”) have to do with day-to-day training routines. After all, the main reason top pros are so good is the years of dedicated, methodical training they have done.  Most squash fans know that the average pro is doing two or three sessions a day five days a week, so without discussing the obvious I will try to give some insight into what myself and my training partners do in a given week.

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    Control the 'T' Sports is pleased to introduce Mike McCue

    Feb 8, 2012 2:04:50 PM / by Jeff Warren posted in Squash Tips, Squash Training, Mike McCue, News, training, Player Profile, Press Releases, PSA, PSA Tour, squash, tips

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    We are very excited to announce that Mike McCue, an up and coming PSA Tour player will be blogging for Control the 'T' Sports.  Mike has been playing squash since the age of 10 and is currently 18-years old.  He finished his junior career as the #2 ranked player in Canada.  His current ranking on the PSA Tour is #234.  Mike trains under Jamie Hickox and Jamie Nichols at the National Squash Academy in Toronto.

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