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Tony Griffin and Gevolution: Measuring change in squash and how your brain learns new skills

Tony Griffin and Gevolution: Measuring change in squash and how your brain learns new skills

Sports science and the art of understanding change By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Coaching Correspondent How do we measure real change in squash? Is the level of change a reflection on the player’s ability, the coach or the system we use to teach squash? If a player doesn’t improve and acquire new skills should [...]

April 27, 2020 Tony Grifin Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 0

How evolution in coaching must lead to gender equality

How evolution in coaching must lead to gender equality

So many sports have male origins and coaching patterns – now it’s time for change  By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Coaching Correspondent Tony Griffin may be a humble male, but he is determined to address the gender imbalance in sport. Yes, most sports were invented by males (primarily for males) but the world has [...]

April 20, 2020 Tony Grifin Coaching and Development, News 2

Coronavirus, coaching and cash: Coaches share their views on the shutdown

Coronavirus, coaching and cash: Coaches share their views on the shutdown

‘I am worried about by immune system, I have cancelled all my lessons and I won’t be able to pay my rent’  By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Two squash coaches based on the south coast have shared their experiences concerning the impact on their lives of the coronavirus pandemic. Zoë Shardlow and Brian [...]

March 19, 2020 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, News 0

How Sandra’s years of success inspired new champion Iulia to beat her

How Sandra’s years of success inspired new champion Iulia to beat her

Luxembourg ladies learn and improve By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Correspondent I first meet Sandra Denis in September 2019 when Xavi Blasco, Bertrand Tissot and I started working together with the Luxembourg national teams. She has been the national champion 21 times, which must be one of the longest winning records in European squash. [...]

February 21, 2020 Tony Grifin Coaching and Development, News 0

Time to get practical about which ball to use!

Time to get practical about which ball to use!

Every sport has its aficionados; people who love to talk about the subtleties of the equipment. And squash is no different, from whether this string at this tension is better than that string and that tension to which racket weight and balance is perfect for which type of player. However, one thing we shouldn't be arguing [...]

December 9, 2019 Phillip Marlowe BALLS AND WALLS, Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 1

Muscle memory: Helping your brain to plan key moves in every match

Muscle memory: Helping your brain to plan key moves in every match

‘Your memories are stored in your brain, not your muscles’ By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Coaching Correspondent Muscle or cell memory are terms that I had heard of but didn’t really understand. Some months ago I was introduced to the concept in more detail. In essence, the idea is that every movement or action [...]

December 9, 2019 Tony Grifin Coaching and Development, News 0

Measuring accuracy with the Geoff Hunt Test

Measuring accuracy with the Geoff Hunt Test

Useful tool to help coaches monitor performance  By DOMINIC BENACQUISTA – Squash Mad Correspondent One of the many challenges squash coaches and athletes face, is actually being able to measure quantifiable improvements in one’s hitting ability that will transfer to match play. Even Australian Squash legend Geoff Hunt had this problem! Due to this, Geoff [...]

November 28, 2019 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, News 0

Cut down the number of reps to learn and improve faster

Cut down the number of reps to learn and improve faster

‘First shot is always the most important’ By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Correspondent Stephen Hawking once said: “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to changes.” Maybe he was thinking of players like Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro, whose ability to adapt their techniques later in their careers led to them winning World Championship titles, [...]

November 27, 2019 Tony Grifin Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 0

Mate, I am in! Paul Coll is a big fan of new ROXs training system

Mate, I am in! Paul Coll is a big fan of new ROXs training system

Flashing units will increase your speed, footwork and reaction time By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Coaching Correspondent World No.6 Paul Coll is among a growing group of enthusiasts who are using the new ROXs training system. When I was first introduced to the ROXs (pronounced rocks) a couple of months ago, their value for [...]

May 22, 2019 Tony Grifin Coaching and Development, Fun Stuff, News 0

Tony Griffin Coaching: How Liam broke the mould

Tony Griffin Coaching: How Liam broke the mould

‘A sequence of exercises that allows the player to recognise the sensation of hitting the ball well and understand why’ By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Coaching Correspondent This is Liam’s Story. It’s a case study in breaking the mould with regards to coaching. It’s about changing the way we do things, to be inclusive [...]

March 1, 2019 Tony Grifin Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 0

Coaching: How Chaos leads to change

Coaching: How Chaos leads to change

Forget endless reps, trust your feelings and sensations that occur when you do things right By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Coaching Correspondent My Gevolution learning process started after writing my book “The G Spot, A Book about Squash”. I was given the book Deporte and Complejidad (Complex Sports Systems) written by Natalia Balague and [...]

January 21, 2019 Tony Grifin Coaching and Development, News 0

Creating a pathway for change and improvement to help coaches and players

Creating a pathway for change and improvement to help coaches and players

Putting years of knowledge to the test By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Coaching Correspondent For players and coaches, the biggest challenge to learning and evolving is a willingness to experiment with new ideas and movements. Many of our most established training concepts, honed by years of experience on court, are really put to the [...]

November 23, 2018 Tony Grifin Coaching and Development, News 0

Coaching survey reveals: “Parents drop their kids off and rush home for seven minutes of frantic copulation”

Coaching survey reveals: “Parents drop their kids off and rush home for seven minutes of frantic copulation”

Coaches rename their job as “child-minding operatives” By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad New Brands Editor Squash coaching took a massive leap into the future by redefining the value of care given by coaches to the children in their charge. Bribing kids to do their homework is an art perfected by parents down the centuries. [...]

October 29, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Coaching and Development, Fun Stuff, News 0

Tony Griffin’s Gevolution Academy: How well are you watching the ball?

Tony Griffin’s Gevolution Academy: How well are you watching the ball?

‘The top pros are permanently connected to the ball’ By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad New Learning Guru The response to last week’s article was very encouraging, with a number of players, coaches, education specialists and professionals from other spheres making contact. Thank you all. Those conversations have been very enlightening and encouraging. Reading the [...]

October 5, 2018 Tony Grifin Coaching and Development, News 2

The Gevolution: A different way of helping squash players evolve and change

The Gevolution: A different way of helping squash players evolve and change

‘Research shows repetition is not always the best way to learn’  By TONY GRIFFIN – G Spot Squash and Coaching Analyst In July I Presented the G Evolution process to the Catalan Squash Federation and a reduced number of their coaches in course entitled “A Squash Course For Coaches – Only For Coaches willing to [...]

September 24, 2018 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 9