Evaluate Pre Training Goals
This is a guide to assist setting goals for the Training sessions.
Set the goals, then after training, evaluate how successful they were, and make notes to assist setting up the next training session.
This is a very methodical way of addressing all the areas in the game that need constant attention.
Revision is also a necessary part of training.
Use of the evaluation guides provided will greatly assist setting these goals.
Always have a goal - ask yourself:-
1. What do I need to practice?
- Technical (the strokes)
- Tactical (using the strokes to maximum benefit)
- Physical (stamina, strength, speed, and flexibility)
- Psychological (mental skills)
2. What will I do to accomplish these goals?
3. How can I identify the area that requires attention?
4. Set short term goals, eg keep the correct grip; and, long term goals, eg progress to a higher grade. Only attempt one or two aspects at a time, and keep it simple.
Training goals are easier to set if an Evaluation Sheet has been completed following the match/training provided it was appropriate to the level of play. Some training has to be repeated many times and revised to make sure it becomes a playing habit.
Unless you are a raw beginner, and have never played other sports, you will need to start from scratch. However, if you have played other racket and ball sports it is likely you will have automatically developed some of the attributes of a squash player.
This area would be the first step for a new player as they are specific squash skills:
Link to Basic Strokes
Tactical skills are more about placement of the ball, and game strategies. Once having mastered the grip and swing, the following will help your game immensely:
Playing squash will certainly help fitness, and weight control.
Once you have mastered the strokes, and tactics, these are the specific areas of conditioning for a squash player.
The mind is a very powerful part of performance and how we think, and how we behave, will make a big difference to how we perform under the heat of the moment.
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