Some learn about squash technique by seeing, some via listening, but most by doing – which means by the “feeling of doing”. The sport science term for using “feelings” to help learn is “kinaesthetic cues”. As discussed in my last post, I had two of my team’s recent tennis converts “throw” their racquets into netting to try and get that loose, whippy, snappy squash feel. Here are Eunice and Jaimi giving it a go!
I actually learned this trick from former University of Toronto squash coach Don Fawcett – I saw him do it when working with one of his players who had good technique – but no power or snap. He actually had her hurl her racquet into the tin! His son Taylor was part of a cohort of Canadian players who dominated the Hardball Doubles game.