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May 8 2019 7:15AM

Life On Turks and Caicos


As many of you know I just moved to the island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos (TCI) to coach squash at Graceway Sports Centre. If you've never heard of it, don't be alarmed as I hadn't either until this job opportunity opened up. I arrived on the afternoon of April 29th. I thought the biggest challenge of my move to was going to be driving on the lefthand side of the road and the warmer climate, but as you're about to learn these have been the simplest transitions thus far. 


My apartment is still being built and even though I was assured it would be ready for my arrival, unfortunately (yet not so surprisingly) it was not. No worries though, this is the Caribbean and they take care of you. I was put up in the beautiful Wymara Resort for 2 nights before renting an apartment from a nice lady on a street with no name or street number. That’s right, no address!

Turks and Caicos is a popular tourist destination and it is built up to suit tourists, but that is mostly around resorts. When you get off the main highway and onto any side street you have no idea what to expect Some are dead ends, others have a big private villa. A lot of the side roads aren’t paved, and the one I’m living on has the biggest pot holes I’ve ever seen in my life..and I’ve lived through 2 Moncton winters! 

Well I found somewhere to stay and it’s more than I would have spent at my new apartment, but I didn’t have much of a choice so 'don’t stress' I kept telling myself. This unit I’m renting was supposed to include internet, but as you’ll get the picture, things don’t always go as planned and when they don’t, they often take a lot of time and patience to get fixed. Another strange thing where I’m staying is that I hear dogs barking at all times of the night. I have no clue why they don’t seem to bark during the daytime and why people leave their dogs out overnight or if this is a mixture of wild dogs. But again, this is another thing that a tourist would never have to experience. 

Did I mention that I saw Usain Bolt here? Well it was at Digicel which I had been at 2-3 times per day for the first week of my arrival. I was trying to switch my phone over to a local company and for some reason it takes 24 hours for your data to kick in and then it still didn’t work. If I didn’t have so many issues with my new plan I never would have known Bolt was in town signing autographs. 


My phone is working now, although apparently you can’t text someone who uses a different company other than Digicel omg..are you kidding me? Well I was told I can, but it will be 11 cents per text, but it isn’t working on my phone yet anyways. There are only 2 mobile phone companies on the island and half the people I can’t message or I have to pay to talk with them? How’s that going to work being a squash coach? For now I’m going to try WhatsApp as that seems to be what most of the locals do to get around this issue. A lot of people actually make phone calls here too and seem like they enjoy talking on the phone. They seem surprised when I saw I never talk on the phone back in Canada and that only phone calls I normally ever received were spam. 

I know I may be painting a poor picture on my experience thus far, but I’m really just telling it like it is. There are plenty of good parts and I’m also learning to be more laid back and easy going; give me a few more months and I’m sure I’ll have the lifestyle down pat. 

If you’ve ever been to Turks and Caicos you’ll know how friendly and outgoing everyone is here. When you walk into a room everyone greets you with a ‘good morning’ or ‘hello.’  It’s an amazingly friendly place. I’ve never had so many strangers speak to me. When I’ve traveled to other parts of the world you’re always a bit cautious about overly friendly strangers, because you fear they want something from you as you’re an easy target. It’s tough to let your guard down, but it really is much different as people are quite genuine, honest and don’t hold back if they are unhappy about something. 

Let’s go back to when I first arrived and I’ll take you through my experience at the local dmv. After checking into Wymara I went to pick up the scooter I had bought, sight unseen. It’s a 2013 Honda NCH50 that came without a working speedometer or odometer, but hey the speed limit is 40 miles per hour on the highway and my scooter tops out at 40 so it’s not a concern. This was my time driving a scooter so it took a little bit to figure out how to use it properly, but once I did I absolutely loved it. It’s so fun and incredibly cheap on gas; I haven’t been able to get more than $4.50USD into the tank and gas here is around $5.15 per gallon. 


I’m going to do my best to recall all the steps so far getting my scooter ready to ride legally. I first went into the Department of Road Safety with my bill of sale to get plates. They gave me some paperwork and sent me off to get it insured and said that I had to get it inspected at a place ‘across from Hertz’ which of course has no address or any recognizable feature for that matter. Making this all the more of a challenge, I was trying to do all of this with no working data plan!

I had called a friend of someone about inquiring insurance, but he said he normally didn’t insure motorbikes. He did provide me with a company that he was certain would. I called up and the lady on the phone said they do indeed insure scooters and told me where to find them by telling me the colour of the paint on their building. After only about 10 minutes I found it (for the record it was 200 feet away) and I was feeling good about my progress. 

I got to the insurance office and said I was here to get insurance for my moped. The man working the front desk said they ‘we don’t insure scooters.’ After I told him the lady on the phone had just told me that they did, he went around back to look into it and eventually he unwillingly took my money and started the paperwork...which was $270USD for the year. 

After getting insurance I went to get a safety for the scooter. I managed to find the place, got the safety in under a minute. He checked the signals and other lights and he said I was good to go back to the ministry, but that I may have to get a Turks drivers license too. When I got back to the ministry it was almost closing time (3:30pm). The lady was very nice and helped me fill out the paperwork for the new plate and license and told me to come back in the morning and it would all be completed.

The next morning I woke up and it’s pouring rain. Once the rain stopped I drove down to the ministry and arrived around 11am. They said I was too late to get my photo taken for the license and that I had to do this prior to getting my permit and license plate. So the next morning thankfully there was no rain and I was back there again at 8am to get my photo taken for my license. By 9:30 I had gotten my photo taken, with some very messy hair from my scooter drive I should mention. But they told me they were out of license plates and I had to come back before 3pm to get my permit because the paperwork for it was being transferred from somewhere else.

I head to the club for a meeting and then go back home for some lunch. Back to the ministry I go to get my permit and license plate; I thought. When I arrive they hand me my permit, but confess they are out of license plates and I should try again in month! A month from now is also when I should be picking up my new drivers license with the photo. Somehow I don’t think either will be ready in 1 month, but I am open to being proven wrong. 

This is kind of how everything has been going down here. I have a moderate amount of patience, but it has still been a big challenge. This is the curse of growing up around Toronto and the east coast work and rush to get things done mentality. It always drives me nuts when I see people speed walking after work to get to their train, subway or bus. What’s the rush? I never liked that way of living, but it’s groomed into you through teachers, your family and the chase to be better and more successful than the next guy. I think this is a big reason for wanting to make this move; to live somewhere more laid back, with happier people and less day to day stress. So although this way of living has been quite an adjustment and it hasn’t always been easy, I think it’s a good test for me and I certainly prefer it over the crazy chaos of big city life. 

I know I painted a bleak picture on my first week, but it’s just a culture shock. Living in any new city, yet alone a new country takes time to adjustment. Maybe, just maybe I found a place that feels more like the pace of life I enjoy. I know the island isn’t going to change for me so I can either let it bother me or I can accept it for it is.


I actually had a job offer in a big city in a different part of the world, but I don’t think the big city way of life is for me. Yes I could have made more money and the squash would have been better, but there would have been more stress and more pressure to get things done quickly and with better results and I too may have become that guy speed walking to catch my bus after work. I honestly think results can be better without the extrinsic societal pressure. And I’m also old enough now to know it is more about the journey and enjoying the path I’m on than it is the finish line anyways. 

So what’s next out here? I've started working this week and I've spent a lot of time playing guitar, reading and going to the beach. I have a lot of group classes scheduled and hopefully I will be able to do lots of private lessons. The club also just put in some new air conditioner units which work super.


Even though the pace is super slow, life isn’t cheap on Providenciales; it’s a strange blend. I do really enjoy waking up early, going to the gym, riding my scooter, spending time at the beach and just spending a lot of time outdoors. I've already created an 8 level Squash Skills Checklist to monitor the juniors development and let them know many of the areas that I believe are vital to becoming a successful competitive player.

Besides growing the local squash community another area I’ll be working on over the next few months is putting together a travel package for squash players. I will try and coordinate with local companies and put together a package for you including accommodations, fun outdoor trips and of course the squash training! With my daily growing knowledge of the island I’ll definitely be able to assist any of you coming along for as visit, but not with addresses. If you’d like to stay learn more about this please feel free to email me at info@SeriousSquash.com or Squash@GracewaySports.com

Stay tuned for my next rant, be it squash or the adjustment to the island life. Oh and I do have an exciting squash announcement coming very soon! Follow Serious Squash on Instagram or Facebook to be the first to learn about it. 

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It's been awhile since my last blog post, but I'm back today with a big announcement. I've taken a coaching job in Turks and Caicos on Providenciales starting May 1st. I imagine half of you have't heard of it so here's the wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turks_and_Caicos_Islands

It was a difficult decision to leave my current position at St. Michaels as I have been there for 8 years and there are a number of dedicated and strong juniors. That being said, sometimes you have to do what you think is best for you and I believe that is what I'm doing with this move.

What lies ahead in Turks and Caicos and for Serious Squash? The club Graceway Sports (http://gracewaysports.com) has 2 courts and my main job will be to build up numbers in their program. I will be focusing a lot on increasing the junior development and eventually taking a team to some international tournaments.


I intend to do a lot more video analysis, blog and social media posts. Another main goal of mine will be to set up tourist packages for people who want to go to a place with beautiful beaches and also get in some high quality squash coaching.

Serious Squash will soon be stress free living on island time. I did visit for a few days in December to see what I would be getting myself into. Here are a few pics from my trip.








Since my competitive days playing varsity squash I've always written squash tables, charts and documents. I've posted hundreds of my opinions, thoughts and facts about squash and coaching on this blog over the past few years. Recently I was going through my computer and I discovered piles of documents I designed over the years. Many were for coaching purposes or simply out of interest. 

I completed my bachelors in kinesiology and my masters in coaching studies. Even though I wasn't too fond of school in high school, I always loved learning more about squash, training and sport at the post secondary level. Learning about things that are interesting and that can actually help you become better at squash are great. The more I knew, the better the squash player I could become and when I started coaching, the more I information I could pass on to my students. 

As I got into coaching I started constantly designing various excepts which you will find in this manual which I've titled 'A Guide To Winning Squash.' They are meant to be thought provoking and lead an athlete through the process of designing an individual tool and skill set they can use for a specific part of their game.  

Here is a glimpse of the 'Routines' chapter. I discuss the importance of prematch and between rally routines and guide you through he processionals of building your own


Some of you have already purchased my masters final project which was extremely comprehensive. I've recently posted it in the Serious Squash Shop as a digital download. That document took a LONG time to write, edit and get to a point where it was approved by my academic supervisor. 
Now I haver finally finished compiling my squash tables, charts and articles in a 17 chapter and 70 page working document. It's a bit of a scrapbook for athletes or coaches to use. Some sections go into great detail, while others are brief and just touch on what I feel is interesting or valid. 


Here is a small sample from the 'Technical Testing' chapter. In it I show how to design a chart to track various areas of yours (or if your a coach your athletes shot ability and consistency)



If this is the type of thing that interest you, you can download a digital copy in word and pdf format for $9.99CDN now in the store at SeriousSquashShop.com/collections/squash-documents It comes with a no questions asked money back guarantee. 
Here are a few more clips from the document. 

Here's a look at the 'Strategy and Tactics' chapter. Understanding how you want to play and learning from your matches are extremely important parts of improving your squash game



The chapters in the workbook are as follows:
Chapter 1: Developing a Coaching Philosophy
Chapter 2: The Process of Performance
Chapter 3: Goal Setting
Chapter 4: Imagery
Chapter 5: Focus
Chapter 6: Motivation
Chapter 7: Key Performance Indicators
Chapter 8: Match Situations
Chapter 9: Technical Testing
Chapter 10: Off Court Aerobic and Anaerobic Fitness Training
Chapter 11: On Court Circuit Training
Chapter 12: Fitness Testing
Chapter 13: Footwork and Court Movement
Chapter 14: Routines
Chapter 15: Drills and Best Practices
Chapter 16: Strategy and Tactics
Chapter 17: In Conclusion




Jan 10 2019 10:26AM

Using Targets


When you practice, either in condition games, drills or solo hitting, do you ever use targets? After 30 years of playing and coaching squash, I realize how frequently people hit a shot with no given target in mind.

We all know to start with that we want to hit the ball straight and tight, at least most of the time. But you're going to be a better squash player if you can hit the ball where you want it, plain and simple. Less focused on is the weight of shot or height of the shot.

Let's start with angle/direction. One of the most common flaws when people hit length is that they use the sidewall as a crutch. I  can hear you asking me, 'Chris, what does that mean?' Well it just implies that people hit their length into the front wall and then the sidewall to hit a straighish type of drive. But hitting this sidewall too early slows the ball down and doesn't get to the back of the court quick enough and gives your opponent more time to take the ball early.

How can you improve the angle of your drives and drops? Awareness is a big part of it. At the World Juniors this summer, the top few boys hit the ball so straight. They didn't always hit the ball right on the wall, but they rarely hit the sidewall early. Doing this well means you have great awareness of your racquet face and you have fantastic control of how angled the racquet face is at contact.

When almost everyone plays a drop, they aim for the nick and the ball seems to always hit the sidewall. If you change your focus to hitting the floor before the sidewall, or getting the ball to finish tight you will improve the angle of your drops and they will be much tougher to retrieve, no matter how quick your opponent is. You can also use targets in creative ways (see the video below).


Okay, so you understand how to work on improving the angle of your shots. What about the weight of shot? A simple method is just putting a target on the floor against the sidewalls. The stronger the players, the smaller the targets should be. You could use a racquet, a shoe, a target that you get to keep if you hit it (like a $5 bill or protein bar or squash ball box). Sometimes I'll play timed games where only targets count as points. This makes it competitive. You could also use a target for simply bonus points in a game. In solo hitting you can alternate between weights of shots. If you've seen The Secrets Of Solo Hitting, you'll know that one of my favourite weights of shot targets are the back corners, but for the second bounce. This is an attacking drive and is quite difficult to hit. Again you can use various targets in the back corner.

Working on attacking drives you can either aim for them on every drive or anytime you get an opening. And this is how a lot of top players play; when you have time and space, even from the back of the court you should be aiming for a drive, second bounce into this back corner. Think back to the angle though. If you hit the sidewall too early you have no chance of getting the second bounce into the back corners.

Want to improve your squash game? Start using targets and start visualizing a target in your rallies. I know for me if I just place the ball around the court, even if it's into the right areas of the court I'm not going to be nearly as effective if I'm not hitting targets into the right areas of the court. The right weight and angle of shot makes the court play a few feet or inches larger and take time away from your opponent. What is pressure in squash? Time and spacial pressure; reducing yours by increasing your opponents.

Want to learn my most difficult solo routine using targets? Check out The Advanced Secrets Of Solo Hitting (& Movement). SeriousSquashShop.com/Collections/Coaching-Videos





Have you ever wanted someone to professionally analyze your squash game? Do you live somewhere that doesn't have a top active coaching professional? Or do you simply want another perspective on your game?

Since starting Serious Squash a number of years ago I've had a lot of keen squash players contact me seeking advice. I've assisted players from a beginner level all the way up to a top international junior level.  I've done video analysis for juniors and adults living in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and India.


Do you want to know which areas of your game I think are the strongest and which areas you should concentrate on improving? I can also provide tips on how you can best improve these areas. I organize my feedback in terms of physical training, mental skills, technical skills and tactics.

After your purchase you will have to email me your footage video at info@SeriousSquash.com

You can send whatever footage you like; a practice game, some solo hitting, a drill session or a match from a tournament.

You won't be able to send large video files through email so pease upload your video to Youtube (you can mark the video setting as private if you don't want anyone else to see it). I will get back to you with your report within a few days (unless I'm away coaching at a tournament then it may take a little longer).

Learn more at about the Serious Squash Video Analysis Services at:
SeriousSquashShop.com/collections/Video-Analysis

Best of luck on and off the court to all of the Serious Squash fans across the planet in 2019!


   




If you follow the Serious Squash posts closely you'll know I just published a children's book last week. Five years ago I wrote a much different type of document as part of my master's degree and if you are reading this and find it interesting you are also very serious about your squash. My final comprehensive project was a lot of work and took many months to edit. My masters degree was in the education field with a specialization in Coaching Studies.

It was quite difficult finding research on squash and I had to transfer some research from other racquet sports. I even emailed back and forth with Roger Flynn who is the only person I could find that has published any literature on decision-making for squash. The title of my project is a mouthful and then some; Advanced Decision-Making Training From the Amber Zone of the Squash Court: A Guide for Coaching Professional Squash Players (cover page below).



My paper is 98 paper in length. The chapters literature I review includes: the nature and demands of squash, motor learning, information processing, reaction time, anticipation, time pressure, postural cues, situational and strategic shot selection, decision-making and optimal practice structuring (as seen below). I also have a method section which includes a proposed shot notation analysis for an app that could provide real time feedback for players plus a section on decision-making drills and progressions. 




Considering how much work I put into my paper and how few research papers are out there on squash, and in particular in the decision-making area I've decided to make electronic copies available for purchase at https://serioussquashshop.com/collections/masters-project

Beginning of the Introduction







Today is going to be a 1 off where squash does not come up and have anything to do with the post. Over the past year and a half I've started playing guitar and writing songs. I recently wrote a children's song called Mr. Rooster and I hired a company do an animated music video for it which I directed. I also had someone help me design a book based on the song. Here is a look at the books cover page.


The song is about a boy who is woken up early in the morning by Mr. Rooster and he goes around the farm as a detective to find out which animal was responsible for waking him up. He encounters many animals along his journey. This is a video and book for young kids/toddlers. So if you have 1 or know someone who does feel free to share the video and purchase a copy of the book.

Here's a link to the music video on Youtube: https://youtu.be/fihDpNkWlQo

The book is available for purchase on Amazon in print and kindle here: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1731309562/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1542311975&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=mr.+rooster

I'll be back with plenty of more squash posts soon!








When I was a child I was told to always hit off my front leg. I hated doing this from the front right as I wasn't very strong or comfortable hitting off my left leg moving forwards. Eventually with enough practice I got comfortable playing off of both legs from everywhere on the court. In the middle of a match you shouldn't be focusing on which foot you're playing off of, but in a controlled practice setting you should intentionally practice hitting off of both legs from either side of the court. Obviously there are certain shots and specific areas which will require more open stance shots.


The problem most people have playing open stance is the they are unable to maintain their balance and get any power on their shot. If you are under a lot of pressure moving backwards and playing off your back leg you have to focus on opening the racquet face and lifting the ball. If you try and drive the ball when you're weight is shifted solely on your back foot you will have trouble with your accuracy. On the other hand if you are in a strong posture you should still be able to drive the ball with a decent amount of pace off of your back leg.


I've seen than video clip of Greg Gaultier ghosting to all areas of the court on 1 leg and then again with the other leg. He knows at that level he must be entirely comfortable playing off either leg from anywhere on the court. I've been guilty of using my dominant leg too much and during the course of a hard match or tournament and an entire season it begins to break down and fatigue and it can lead to issues either chronic or acute injuries in your hips, knees and back.




In a lot of my lessons I start off by warming up the pupil with intentionally having them play drives off of both legs to ensure they slowly but surely get more comfortable playing off of either leg on both sides. Here's a rally from last week where I played every shot open stance. And the next time you watch a PSA match look how often they do this. It might surprise you.



If you want to improve your court movement check out The Advanced Secrets Of Solo Hitting (and Movement). It's available for just $5 and comes with a no questions asked money back guarantee. Also try and do some solo hitting off of both legs on each side so you become more comfortable with the transfer of energy/timing of these swings. If you want to check out the instructional film you can find it here: SeriousSquashShop.com/collections/coaching-videos

Here's the trailer for the solo hitting and footwork combo Serious Squash film





I first met Mike Way when I was a young junior in Toronto. He’s worked with Canadian squash legend Jonathon Power and has been the head coach at Harvard for a number of years now. I asked Mike if he could watch the Serious Squash film, The Secrets Of Solo Hitting and provide a review to help me promote it. It was my first film (of 3 so far) and it contains 30 solo drills along with some instruction. 

Pick up a copy of the film at SeriousSquashShop.com/collections/coaching-videos











Last night at practice we talked about the state of flow, also referred to as being in the zone. In this state is where we will play our best squash where our shots seem to be spot on and we seem to thoughtlessly make smart decisions. But sometimes no matter what we do we just don't find our best squash and this zone where we play our best squash in. I notice that a lot of players play below their standard when they perceive themselves to be in a big and meaningful match. Even at the pro level many of the top players preform below their standard level of play when it finally counts. I believe the cause of this is players getting out of their ideal state of play often because they try too hard and so badly want to perform well. So how exactly can you increase your chances of finding this flow state regardless of who and where you're playing? Here are some of the ideas we talked about last night plus a few others.

Prematch Routine - often when we walk on court we already have a mindset which will foster or inhibit the odds of playing within this zone. If we are having destructive poisonous thoughts like 'this person is too good' or 'this will be easy' or if we are simply not feeling like playing a tough match we are inbox trouble. Having a routine to prepare yourself mentally before you even step out on court can prepare your mind as much as your body for playing it's best possible game of squash. Our physical skills don't deteriorate from day to day, it's our mindset, our emotions, our motivation and our energy levels which fluctuate.

Between Rally Routines - what we do and say to ourselves to get back on track to help regulate our thoughts and emotions between rallies is so important. Often we will have thoughts about what we could have done better or how upset we are for a call or missing a shot. We can easily get caught in the past and play a poor next point. If we're doing this we will not be playing in the present or the zone. Saying something positive and simple like 'focus' or 'win this point' can help you play the next point at your highest standard.

Simple Tactics - either before a match, between rallies or between games we may need a reminder of a simple tactic that enables us to play our best, most effective style of squash. If we are playing 'mindless squash' and not how we want, a little reminder can go a long ways to bringing you back into your best squash which can also enable you to get into a state of flow. For some reason it's easier to get into a state of flow when we are winning more points than we are losing.

Play More Of The Shots That Are Working That Day (tactics part 2): I don't know why we constantly like to point out what we or others are doing wrong, but that doesn't normally help people play in the zone. Your opponent, the court, ball and various other conditions vary from day to day and some days certain shots are going to work better than others. On those special days everything is working and that's when squash is the most fun. But if something is off, instead of getting upset and continually making the same mistake perhaps abandoning that shot for awhile and playing more of the shots that are on that day will help you find this zone. Once you establish this zone there is a better chance that some of your other shots will begin to fall into place.


Our notes from discussing the zone at the start of practice

Focus on the Process - this is something I am a big believer of. There is theoretically no reason you cannot experience the zone if you are losing. That being said most people get so caught up in winning that they lose the zone as soon as they lose a few points in a row. This is where a routine between rallies, maybe a longer more pronounced one can help get you mentally back on track, or simply stay on track. You may be doing everything right, but this doesn't always mean instant short term gratification. When I'm playing I only give feedback to myself on shot selection and not execution because if I lose playing the right shots I simply need to improve my shots, but if I am losing playing the wrong shots I'm holding myself back. The acronym I refer to with the kids I coach is KISS, keep it simple stupid. 

Self Regulation - part of routines are being able to recognize when you're outside of your zone. Thinking of your zone as a range can be helpful. I also like to think of this as a plant. When destructive, poisonous thoughts enter our minds it is easiest to get rid of them when they are new, before they have rooted. Once we have focused on these for a longer period of time they will have take root and become too big to simply remove with a cue word/power phrase. 

The Bigger The Challenge the Greater The Opportunity - when are backs are up against the wall we often reveal our true character. When we are winning and everything is going according to plan it's easy to be a good sport and play well. When things aren't going our way we can either cave and not give our best effort or we can look at this as a chance to show what we are made of; a great challenge that we are up for. With this type of mindset we can still play the next point focused and with great effort regardless of what's happened previously. 

Superstitions - this is an odd one, but I really believe that superstitions can be helpful in sport. At the World Juniors this summer we had a boy on our team who would change his preserve routine every time he lost a ray, but if he won the point he would stick with it. Sometimes something so simple can help keep the mind out of the way from over thinking.

Pretend to Play Like A Top Player -  whenever I step out on court after watching one of my favourite pro players I always play better. Someone without knowing exactly what I'm mimicking, I normally play better, with more confidence when I pretend to hit the ball, move and play like a top player. I think a lot of this has to do with the confidence top players display with the way they play and strike the ball. If you play pretending to be Paul Coll it's amazing how much harder you try to get every single ball back! When I play and pretend to be like Greg Gaultier I start playing much more patient and my spacing between the ball always improves. 



Match Preparation/Confidence - If you are playing a tournament and you didn't train properly for it you're going to suffer physically at some point and this in of itself can keep you from being in the zone. If we go into an event prepared and feeling good about our game there is a far greater chance of playing our best squash and experiencing this state of flow. 

Do you have any other ways that have helped you enter the zone when you weren't at first feeling it? I love this side of squash. It's really fascinating to me and when I play it isn't always the same thing that gets me into the zone. Sometimes it's about shaking off mistakes quickly, other times it's about playing a simple game, while others it's about just playing whatever shots feel right and another time it may be singing a tune in my head. There A routine can definitely assist you with this process as this is what most pro players have developed over the years. Many will include some imagery in their prematch routine to see themselves playing well and being successful prior to event stepping on court. 

Most of us will also play better squash when we are having fun as opposed to being too serious or hard on ourselves. Learning how to laugh off mistakes and not take the so personally can help you be more relaxed and enjoy your squash which can assist with the state of flow. Get your mind and ego out of the way and just play!

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