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Where is the G-Spot in squash?

Where is the G-Spot in squash?

If we learn from Gregory Gaultier, maybe we should start calling it the GG-Spot By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Coaching Correspondent and Author of G-Spot Squash Let’s talk this week about a scientific question that has been around ever since the game was invented: Where is the G-Spot in squash? One of the cleanest hitters in the [...]

April 23, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, News, Squash Around The World 2

Squash Mad Tactical Analysis: Andy Whipp on Omar Mosaad

Squash Mad Tactical Analysis: Andy Whipp on Omar Mosaad

Ramy Ashour reluctantly retired, but don’t take anything away from the Big Man Omar Mosaad  By ANDY WHIPP – Squash Mad Special Correspondent. Pictures by IRENA VANISOVA    Squash Mad invited Andy Whipp (right), the former world No.64 and a member of the Benz Bavarian Duffield squad in the Premier Squash League, to take an [...]

April 18, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment, News 1

Why Amr Shabana is king of the swingers

Why Amr Shabana is king of the swingers

  Getting the racket back as well as up is key to a clean, effective swing By TONY GRIFFIN – Author of G-Spot Squash   I have always been fascinated by what makes a good swing. Watch the truly great players, like Amr Shabana, and everything seems to flow so smoothly as he strikes the ball. Wherever he is [...]

April 14, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, News 0

Are you thinking when you play?

Are you thinking when you play?

A more structured approach to your training improves your match-play By JOSH TAYLOR – Squash Mad Coaching Correspondent   How many times do you come off court having played a match not really knowing what went on? How many times do you come off court having played a match not really knowing what went on? Are [...]

April 14, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, News, Squash Around The World 0

Fearless Fares: Is his style just all-out attack?

Fearless Fares: Is his style just all-out attack?

Fares has flair and fire in abundance as he rockets up the rankings By NEAL BROOKER – Squash Mad Coaching Columnist   I think its fair to say over the last year or so; anyone who follows squash will have heard the name Fares Dessouki. Fares hails from Alexandria, in Egypt, and has enjoyed an [...]

April 12, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment, News 1

Giant-killing: David and Goliath battles on court

Giant-killing: David and Goliath battles on court

From Simon Rosner to Loughborough students, peaking at the right time can produce stunning results By JOSH TAYLOR – Squash Mad Coaching Columnist Have you ever heard the story of David and Goliath? It’s the story where adversity is overcome and the underdog triumphs. In a book written by Malcolm Gladwell, the celebrated author outlines how this [...]

April 11, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment, Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

Train like a world champion with Laura Massaro at Club La Santa

Train like a world champion with Laura Massaro at Club La Santa

Train like a world champion at Club La Santa with Laura and Danny Massaro By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Former world champion Laura Massaro and her husband Danny are holding a special training camp at the fabulous Club La Santa sports resort in Lanzarote from June 25 to July 2. Laura is a regular visitor and [...]

April 7, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

Lauren Selby is a girl on a mission

Lauren Selby is a girl on a mission

Jamie Oliver changed the way kids eat. Lauren Selby wants to do the same with sport By LAUREN SELBY – Squash Mad Guest Columnist   Off The Wall Squash head coach Lauren Selby is alarmed at the lack of PE opportunities in Primary Schools, and sounds the clarion call that she wants to do something about it. [...]

March 19, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment, Growing the game, News 1

G-Spot Squash Column: Don’t let talk of winning ruin your game

G-Spot Squash Column: Don’t let talk of winning ruin your game

Focus on each point, shot by shot, and only think about winning when the match is over By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Coaching Columnist and Author of G-Spot Squash How many times do you hear the phrase ‘It’s all about winning’? Parents, coaches, spectators and players themselves can often cause major distractions when talking about winning. Winning [...]

March 19, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment 0

G-Spot Squash: Tony Griffin joins Squash Mad

G-Spot Squash: Tony Griffin joins Squash Mad

Coaching book is spot-on about joining up so many little segments that make the perfect swing By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Coaching Columnist   We are delighted to welcome squash coach and author Tony Griffin to the Squash Mad team of coaching columnists. Tony, a New Zealander based in Spain, has recently published a book with the fascinating [...]

March 14, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 0

Are coaches talking a different language?

Are coaches talking a different language?

  Coaches: Are you talking another language to the players you teach? By NEAL BROOKER – Squash Mad Columnist   As a squash coach and personal trainer I spend all week teaching clients and players. I have realised, from teaching the same skill to a variety of people, that to be a good teacher you [...]

March 13, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment, Growing the game, News 3

Danny Massaro on pushy parents and a blame culture that hurts our children

Danny Massaro on pushy parents and a blame culture that hurts our children

  Understand the difference between inspiration and motivation (and always defuse tension with a laugh) By DANNY MASSARO – Squash Mad Coaching Columnist   Staring through the back-wall glass or from up on the balcony, the eagle eyes of the squash parent keenly observe the progress of their offspring. Emotional, practical and financial support for a child’s [...]

March 11, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment, Growing the game, News 5

Nick Matthew and Nicol David driven by hunger to win

Nick Matthew and Nicol David driven by hunger to win

Great champions are often revered more in hindsight than when they are actually playing, especially if, in the twilight of their careers, they slip down the rankings. However, in squash, we have two magnificent, enduring champions in Nick Matthew and Nicol David. [...]

March 9, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment, News 0

Coaches are thieves, says Josh Taylor

Coaches are thieves, says Josh Taylor

Learn from the best, then make those ideas your own By JOSH TAYLOR – Squash Mad Coaching Correspondent Thieving other people’s knowledge. It’s not a new idea. In fact it’s one I stole from a recent tutoring workshop run by England Squash and Racketball. It’s fair to say that coaching has evolved a lot over years [...]

March 4, 2015 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment, Growing the game, News 0

Honesty is always the best policy

Honesty is always the best policy

  Honesty in squash is a great weapon, and why we must not allow cheats to prosper By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Squash is a sport that is frequently played at a ferocious pace, both in terms of the speed applied to the ball and the reaction times required to compete at the highest levels.  Add [...]

February 22, 2015 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Coaching and Development, Comment, News 14