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Unorthodoxy is a necessary part of natural technique

by hadrian

The more I teach the more I see the same theme keep showing up and then repeat itself everywhere else movement is performed at its most natural and effective: Imperfection. Also often referred to as unorthodoxy in squash conversations or unconventional and sometimes incorrect. A coach’s job is to correct faulty technique in the swing and/or movement….

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Italian National team camp

by hadrian

  Spending 4 days in Northern Italy can never be a bad thing in June. Riccione, home to the National centre for squash is an interesting combination of holiday resort and elite training environment for various sports. A clever move by the local council to keep the town ticking over out of holiday season and…

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The importance of not standing still

by hadrian

Travel can have many positive effects on our minds and bodies including excitement, wonder and relaxation. Even just being taken out of our routines and environment can have the power to start the brain off on different thoughts and questions which otherwise don’t happen when we are too busy getting through the daily grind. Something…

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Proactive thinking for squash…and life

by hadrian

  The mind has the ultimate power to effect performance on the squash court and when the mindset is at its best the body will follow. No matter what level of payer, anyone who competes and wants to win will have experienced the ups and downs of success and failure. The players we teach vary…

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What can we learn from junior competition?

by hadrian

Having spent an enjoyable and inspiring few days at the British junior championships I find myself asking again: What are the objectives of junior squash? Words like learning and development come to mind. But all too often the focus on winning, rankings and teams can cloud a more progressive and effective vision of player development. Of…

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Creating an effective physical training environment for squash players

by hadrian

    As anyone will know who has played squash it is an extremely demanding sport for the body. It requires physical capabilities that can hold together during the continuous challenges presented in solving the high-speed puzzle, often while exhausted, against varying players and styles.   Players who make this look easy are functioning at…

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An amazing team effort

by hadrian

  The 2015/2016 season has been intense and demanding but overall extremely exiting. During the last 18 Months elitesquash has moved to a new club in the beautiful riverside location in the center of Bristol and with an incredible team of friends and employees turned a tired but prestigious squash venue into a modern and…

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Timing and Rhythm

by hadrian

  In the endless search for better ball striking, accuracy and control the debate around technique will always sit at the front of any discussion. In this article I will investigate ways in which I work towards these goals but primarily to help find that feeling where player and coach look at each other and…

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What is ‘correct technique’, anyway?

by elite

              I dont believe there is such a thing as a correct technique and choose not to teach the swing in isolation of movement or involving any set ideas on what it ‘should’ look like. Having played squash for over 35 years and taught for 25 years, it is very…

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