Note: The higher you get into squash level, the less often you will use the boast. This is due to the fact that when you play too much, you give your opponent too many chances to end the rally with an attacking shot. (e.g. drops)
Part 6 of our “styles of play” series is about the most complete squash player. After the “attacker” of last time, it is now the turn of the “complete player”. The prototype in this style is without a doubt James Willstrop. In order to achieve this style, a natural talent is needed from the start. Especially the skill to learn a lot of different techniques quickly and to perfection. “Hand – eye control must be sublime, as must perception.
Here are the characteristics of the “complete player”
D.What definitely “don’t” do
The “complete player” is very difficult to play. For coaches, we all want to train our young talents in this mode, but in the long run, that’s not the case.
The beauty with which these players approach the game is delightful. It’s also great that they can play against any type of opponent, they can easily absorb other styles of play and because of their technical ability they can execute all tactical plans to perfection.
At the World Championships for women’s teams, which took place earlier this month in Nîmes (France), it was again clear that the use of your own strengths can take you very far in a match. Sometimes it’s just not possible to exploit your opponent’s weaknesses, because you just don’t have the technique and style to play that kind of game yourself. My advice at that moment is to focus on your own strong qualities and use them as perfectly as possible. Playing a game that doesn’t suit you at all isn’t going to help you much either.
The style of play I want to develop this time is that of the Runner.
D.What certainly do NOT do
The runner is a difficult player to play against. The rallies are long, the runner does relatively little with the ball and is not able to play with the ball.
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