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Published: 24 Jul 2004 - 18:00 by rippa rit

Updated: 14 Dec 2007 - 06:54

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Rippa Rita`s championship squash tip

Almost every day we hear this phrase "just concentrate on what you are doing". 
Ever heard a player say "concentrate"?  But, I have never really heard them explain what to concentrate on - maybe winning is what they really mean.  A silly statement really when you think about it, and we say it all the time, even to the kids.  I ask, Concentrate on what? Concentrating!

To make it even more comical the player walks around the court repeating to themselves "concentrate, concentrate...."

  • To concentrate actually means to focus on a particular aspect of the game, or the strokes (the doing part).

  • For example, "hit the ball away from the opponent" or "keep the drives deep and tight to the side walls".

During play thoughts come to mind as to what is going on during play, and those thoughts can be put into action.

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From rippa rit - 14 Dec 2007 - 06:54

Sam - is there a prize for this answer?  

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From SamBWFC - 13 Dec 2007 - 23:11

Ahhh concentration! On the topic of that, think of this:

Consider a set of scales, with 'Physical work' on one side and 'Mental work' on the other.

I believe the best way to perform, and consequently win matches, is to get a total unbalance in favour of 'Mental work'.

You may think 'oh I cannot be bothered thinking about every swing, movement, where I am going to play my next shot' etc, but think of it this way. If you WERE to think of this, how much easier would it be to play your game?

I.e. if you think about getting your racket up and ready, it is easier to take a swing at the ball, and you will not use as much 'physical work'. On the contrary, if you do not think about racket preparation, you will have to use more physical work to get your racket back up, you may end up playing a poor shot, which results in even more physical work to retreive this.

Running round the court chasing the ball, or having a quick think of what to do on court? I know what I'd rather do.


On a totally irrelevant note, why do my words keep bolding and unbolding?!

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   Thanks Rita.  I just joined last week.  It is a super site.  Regards,

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