If you are only going to take lessons once in what will hopefully be a long life of playing and enjoying squash then it makes most sense to make that investment when you first begin. No one wants to be labeled as a beginner for long and a handful of lessons when you first start playing will ensure that you make a quick progression to the intermediate level. To help you advance quickly beyond the beginner stage Coach Allen will develop your understanding of the importance of the following components of squash:
1. Ball tracking
2. Hitting into the channels
3. Clearing & recovering to the "T"
4. Hitting away from the opponent
5. Early preparation
6. Step-hit principle
7. Open grip
8. Long line through the ball
9. Core strength
10. Flexibility/agility requirments
11. Attention Control
At this stage it's time to integrate the learning of the most simple and basic techniques with the more important tactical ones - to develop the foundations of "skill". Early technique should not be taught in isolation, with endless practices where the player hits the ball back to the coach who stands still in one corner.
Learning needs to begin with the basics of the swing so that you will be able to direct the ball where you want it to go (most of the time). Some repetition with the Squash Cannon will help us achieve this quickly, but as soon as this is done the emphasis needs to switch to making good tactical decisions that help you recognize where the ball should be hit to. Your improvement and your enjoyment will be far greater when you start playing if you develop an immediate understanding of what you are trying to do before you get too caught up in exactly how to do it.
Individual attention results in the fastest improvement rate, but as a beginner it can be more fun to learn in a small group where your skills can be developed while playing games with other beginner players. The group environment is also a great way to find a partner or two which can often prove difficult when you first start playing. Please let me know if you are interested in joining my next class for beginners at MSC.
Mark Allen E-mail: Mallen@boarsheadresort.com Tel:434-972-7424