What is the weakest link in your squash game?
“Everything,” is what I’ve jokingly heard from some people!
To get a more specific answer to what your weakest link is and to know the one thing you can work on to improve your game with the most dramatic effect, just ask yourself one question.
How Would You Beat Your Clone In A Match?
If you’re honest, you will have an idea of what you would do if you played yourself.
At least, you should know exactly what to do to frustrate yourself on court!
If you don’t, ask someone who has enough freedom in their own game that they can be relatively objective with their answer.
Once you’ve figured out your weakest link, set the goal to work on it.
Drill That Weakest Link Repeatedly
If it’s a particular shot, give yourself 1 month to improve.
You have say 3 sessions per week – which equals 12 in the month – to drill that shot, repeating slowly to iron out the challenge.
Set the date 1 month from today, and when that day comes you can look back to see how much you’ve improved.
Don’t expect it to be perfect after a month.
But do expect to get better.
What I mean by that is clearly see yourself practicing the shot over and over so when you do get on court you mirror what you’ve been imagining off-court.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to train your mental fitness.
Is Your Weakest Link Your Physical Fitness?
Now, if you want to improve your physical fitness and/or movement around the court the same process applies.
Imagine feeling light on your feet – on your toes, ready to change direction effortlessly with fast footwork focusing on your last step before you play the ball.
Put yourself into a great position where you are balanced to cause your opponent to momentarily second-guess where you will hit the ball.
See yourself getting back to the “T” after every shot – controlling the center of the court.
Combine that with a detailed squash fitness training program and there is no way your physical fitness will ever be your weakest link.
In fact, in just a short time your weakest link can potentially become your strength.
Mending Your Weakest Link
It always makes me happy when I see someone I am coaching turn their weakest link around.
It not only baffles the same opponents the next time they play each other but it also gives them a confidence to work on and improve more aspects of their game, even if it’s just squash basics.
Find one thing in your game to work on and give yourself the time and space over the next month to turn it around and surprise your next opponent – and yourself!
Have fun & play your own game!