The crystal clear footage you get from watching matches on PSASquashTV.com opens the potential for you to imagine yourself with the same crystal clear footage playing your shots and matches.
That is, the training of your mental fitness gets a turbo-boost!
Remember, training your mental fitness is 90% of what determines your results in a squash match.
But how do you manifest that into physical ability on court?
Well, whether you want to be a competent or great squash player – solo-practice is the perfect time to give yourself the space to take what you have been visualizing and let it unfold on court.
It’s simple and true, yet….
Why Don’t Players Want To Hear This?
The problem for squash players who don’t train solo is, they don’t:
- Know what to do…
- Know how to do it…
- Have the resources…
- Want to do it!
I suggest giving it a shot.
Even if you insist on always playing with another person, don’t underestimate the power of playing co-operatively rather than competitively.
At the end of the day, of course you want to play to have fun, so do what gives you the most joy.
However, if you have the right guidance and actually give it a go, solo-practice goes from being something potentially ‘boring’ to being unbelievably rewarding & fun.
If you are paying a coach for lessons and he/she is not emphasizing the power & importance of solo-practice, I would start to question the value being offered.
The Horizon Principle To Persuade Persistence
The horizon principle refers to progress in any endeavor or activity, and is vital to understand if you are going to make the most out of watching videos of professionals play squash online.
If you keep looking to the horizon as you walk forward, it will seem like you are getting nowhere because where the sky meets the land is always the same distance away from you…
… always receding.
Similarly, if you keep looking to a professional playing on court, with an idealized view of how you should be playing right now, you will always be disappointed.
It won’t matter if your backhand improves, or you become more efficient moving around the court, or if you improve with any aspect of your game, because you are always comparing your play to professionals who have essentially mastered the art of squash.
In this case, you will quickly lose enthusiasm because you will never feel like you are gaining any momentum of progress.
Now if you were walking and, instead of looking to the horizon and feeling despair because it seems like you aren’t getting anywhere, you looked back and saw how far you had actually come, you would say to yourself,
“Wow, I’m getting somewhere – I’m making progress!”
In exactly the same way, if you measure your progress on the squash court (with whatever aspect of play you are working on) compared to where you were a little time ago, whether it’s one month, six month or a year, it will be easy to see progress & improvement.
Where It All Comes Together…
Once the principle is internalized and combined with watching professionals play online, mental fitness moves from just a whimsical idea to something practical which you can apply to experience rapid improvement.
Have fun & play your own game!