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Published: 18 Feb 2012 - 18:08 by raystrach

Updated: 30 Jun 2019 - 05:35

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The description of my Squash blog is

"The webmaster's daily battle to improve his Squash and achieve his goals."

Well, the battle has continued to be daily, but unfortunately i have not had the time to share it with you.

Knowing that you will have been extremely disappointed with this, i have finally found some time to share this battle with you.

I better make it clear that I am not promising that  i will be any more regular than annual which has been my recent average. This could be either a good or  a bad thing.

The past twelve months or so have bought a number of challenges, the biggest of which was a complete frustration at not beng able to play as soon as it was inportant to do so.

Playing weaker players, i played like a genius, but as soon as i had to play anyone any good, I could not even hit the front wall.

To say i was frustrated would be a complete understatement.

Sometimes i would be playing ok, then without warning, i could barely swing the racket, so choked up was I.

There was no enjoyment at all being in that situation, so i decided to give all competition away for a while.

I think it made a difference to my enjoyment of the game as i was only playing to enjoy it and for no other reason.

I was doing some drills, which i enjoy a lot, but the only trouble was, that after 6 months, i put on an extra 7 kilos.

Not good when I was already feeling like an overweight slug beforehand.

Fortunately it appears i have turned the corned on the weight front and have finally started to lose it again, but it does not come easily.

So whilst i will continue to carry around th extra sack of potatoes for a few weeks yet, at least my return to competition Squash has felt a little different -  a bit more relaxed and free.

The biggest shok is now having to compete for every point and every rally - not being able to take a little snooze in the middle of a game knowing that it does not really matter.

This season, we have a very good competition standard for a regional centre so hopefully the better attitude, coupled with the better level of competition will bring out some stronger squash.

Would love to hear if anyone is experiencinig similar problems and what you tried to overcome it..

cheers for now!

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From BOBBY92 - 29 Jul 2014 - 12:08

From hazz88 - 19 Aug 2013 - 17:59

 Hi Just reading your blog for the first time. I can say i have had similar issues but in reverse. When ever I played someone higher then me it was easy, i didn't have to think they were in control and i just had to throw off their game 'throw a spanner in the works" 
Opposed to when i was playing someone weaker and slower I had too much time to think too many oppertunities and it would ultimately be a very very ugly match. 

what my coaches over seas have told me to was make the game more simple. So when I played weaker players I limited myself to what  could do. same thing applies in reverse when playing a higher ranked player limit your options don't give yourself time to think and screw everything up. 

Hope that helps 

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From raystrach - 29 Mar 2012 - 11:12

good to hear from you again arthur, but all i can say is to hang in there. One thing is for sure, you cannot achieve anything by sitting on your you know what!

i got a little boost a couple of weeks ago when i played our top player, and whilst i lost the match in 3, it took 45 to 50 minutes to do it. This means i was actually competing.

It was my best competitive performance in some time and gives me hope of better things to come as i get fitter and sharper.



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From aprice1985 - 25 Mar 2012 - 21:29

I thought I should show someone was out there.  The last 6 months have been frustrating for me as well, starting work and moving away after 6 years of university has meant that with on call shifts I play once a week at best and so the fitness has dropped, the racquet skills let me down late in the game and yet I know I can beat many of the people I play against at the moment, just not as often as I would like.  I then capped this off with twisting my ankle just before I was going to try to join a new squash club to try to play more, two weeks later and it is still like a balloon!  makes it hard to enjoy the game when you play very little and the same people every week.

My latest plans to overcome this are to actually join a club with a ladder, play a few of the guys from work regardless of their standard to keep the racquet skills going and I am actually going to join and USE a gym and do some of the classess to get the fitness back up to what it was, I plan to set the goal of running an event called Mad Monk in May as a fitness target.

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Thanks a lot!!!I will have a lot of rest from now on. Your help is really a huge inspiration. Thanks.

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