I hope that many centres in the Netherlands will consider hiring a coach to give the club more quality. I also hope that a lot of fanatical squash fans will consider joining the coaching profession. This can happen at any level, because also in squash coaches are needed at any level. The coaches who lay the foundation are often the most important in the development of the players.
Last time we dissected the drives a bit more in detail. This time we will go a bit further on the boast. The boast is an important blow in squash and also the most squash specific, because in other racket sports (except racketball) you don’t see a boast.
Especially as a beginner it gives you more possibilities to get the ball out of the corners. The boast is both a “defensive” and an “offensive” strike. In women’s squash, the boast has a very important function. Here’s a more specific approach to the boast
Note: The higher you get into squash level, the less often you will use the boast. This is due to the fact that when you play too much, you give your opponent too many chances to end the rally with an attacking shot. (e.g. drops)
Part 6 of our “styles of play” series is about the most complete squash player. After the “attacker” of last time, it is now the turn of the “complete player”. The prototype in this style is without a doubt James Willstrop. In order to achieve this style, a natural talent is needed from the start. Especially the skill to learn a lot of different techniques quickly and to perfection. “Hand – eye control must be sublime, as must perception.
Here are the characteristics of the “complete player”
The “complete player” is very difficult to play. For coaches, we all want to train our young talents in this mode, but in the long run, that’s not the case.
The beauty with which these players approach the game is delightful. It’s also great that they can play against any type of opponent, they can easily absorb other styles of play and because of their technical ability they can execute all tactical plans to perfection.
At the World Championships for women’s teams, which took place earlier this month in Nîmes (France), it was again clear that the use of your own strengths can take you very far in a match. Sometimes it’s just not possible to overcome the weaknesses of your resistance.
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