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Published: 24 Apr 2006 - 22:52 by Viper

Updated: 28 Aug 2009 - 10:45

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Don't see backswings taught like that anymore.

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From rippa rit - 27 Aug 2009 - 15:05   -   Updated: 28 Aug 2009 - 10:45

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Rhonda Thorne in the 80's

About that forehand backswing...for those of you who do not know, or recognise the swing in question. After click the link in the original post you will see a picture of a forehand backswing (in the browser) almost wrapped around Rhonda's forehead.  For any advantage that swing might bring to the stroke, there are many negatives that come with it too.

PS - see the new video (drive and boast routine) on the Home Page, imagine those players wrapping the racket around their head first, before swinging, especially when moving into the corners.

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From tony decbay1 - 26 Aug 2009 - 17:56

hi there viper i was coached by thr great man Aub Amos me and 1 of my mates. I miss the great man very much and he was a wonderful coach and helped me out heaps. he was also very quick with a funny reply and he always did it when u were buggered during traing and it helped u lift some more. He was the best .  

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From rippa rit - 26 Apr 2006 - 07:08

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Aub Amos and Rita Paulos, State Coaches 1984

Yes Viper this article was in the local paper on Aub's death and we did put it in the forum at the time.
The championships won, eg "was runner-up at the British Championships" would refer to Masters titles. Aub did not start to play squash till he was over 40 and had retired but he walked the walk and talked the talk.

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From Viper - 25 Apr 2006 - 19:03

Never heard of Aub Amos, but I found this :


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"AUB AMOS, one of the most famous and durable figures on the Australian squash scene has died in Brisbane after an 18 month illness.
    A product of the Great Depression, Andrew Aubrey Amos was born on a sugar cane farm near Proserpine, Queensland, and ventured to Brisbane as a young man to gain work at a foundry in James St, Fortitude Valley.
    The work was incredibly taxing, more than 100 hours a week for 12 shillings ($1.20) and a small bottle of milk for overtime.
    “They were so generous,” Amos often joked. “It was hard, but I loved it. We were filthy dirty all the time, the fumes and dust would make you sick but there was something exciting about the roaring furnaces and the molten metal.”
    He progressed from the back-breaking work of stoking furnaces to become manager, and eventually major shareholder of the successful foundry business. But the arduous work, difficult conditions and stress took its toll and  Amos “retired” at 34.
    During his youth, he embraced sport. He was a black belt in judo, sailed many Brisbane to Gladstone and Sydney to Hobart yacht races on the Laurabada and played top grade soccer and hockey. For recreation he played golf, tennis, roller skated and enjoyed ballroom dancing.
    After leaving the foundry, Mr Amos decided to “go bush” and worked around Queensland as a dingo trapper, gold miner and professional fisherman, later claiming those years as  some of the best of his life.

    “Fishing off the Capricorn coast, I lived on uninhabited islands, surviving on fish, turtles and crabs I caught,” he told Bernie Pramberg of The Courier Mail newspaper in an interview some years back. “It was a great life.”

    On a trip to Brisbane to visit friends, Amos stumbled upon a sport that was to change his life. “A mate suggested we have a game of squash and I knew so little about the game that I turned up to play barefoot,” he said. “That’s how it all started.”
    Within a year, he had given up all else for what he believed to be a “brilliant game”. At the age of 42, squash had become an obsession. He travelled around Australia seeking knowledge from famous coaches, and became a disciple of the great Egyptian professional Mohammed Dar Din.
    Dar Din told him that to gain respect as a coach, he first had to achieve something significant as a player. “People said I was too damn old to make it as a player, but I was fit, tough and could hit hard,” he said.
    At his first attempt, Amos won the Australian over-45 title, was runner-up at the British Championships and won in Ireland. He was a great opponent for Vic Hunt, father of the legendary Geoff Hunt, and was influential in th early coaching of successive generations of great Australian players. But he always regarded Dar Din as the best player he ever met.
    “And Heather McKay was the best woman – the best all-round athlete Australia has produced.”
     Amos travelled the world as a coach, always preaching the mantra of “strive to give your best and dig deep when things are not going well”. A stickler for discipline on and off the court, the wiry coach insisted his charges present themselves well at all time.
    “When I was Queensland state coach I’d travel around Queensland, living out of a suitcase for 30 days straight," he told Pramberg. "Every day, I’d play and coach for 12 hours – I’d go through six or eight pairs of shoes and lose a stone-and-a-half (9kg) in weight on those trips. It was all about discipline.”
    Aub Amos was honoured for his services to the sport with a tribute dinner at Brisbane City Hall in 1994 and received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000.
   A teetotaller and non-smoker, he is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dr Irene Amos."

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From rippa rit - 25 Apr 2006 - 18:37

Yep Viper - that backswing was a contraversial issue at the time. 
The late Aub Amos was a world icon in squash and had travelled to Pakistan, and England and had in fact brought/sponsored top players to Australia for tournaments and exhibition matches, coaching, etc.
A lot of Aub's involvement was in fact about the time that Joey Barrington was born and Aub believed in Jonah very much.
One of the things he also brought back with him was this new technique/style of backswing.
Rhonda used to train at Aub's Squash Centre hence the style adjustment/change.  And for power, provided there was time, this loop did generate more speed.
Aub was a showman and  commedian and well known for his toughness, motivation and  fitness training.   The more training hurt, the better the session so to speak.

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Excellent tip that Rita.

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