Over the weekend we covered the 4 key components of the game in fine detail -
Each participant received a detailed analysis of their forehand and backhand strokes, using sophisticated video analysis technology from Squash Analysis. One of the key features is the player's swing comparison in relation to David Palmer's and Aaron Frankcomb's swing. 4 suggestions for improvement are provided on a case-by-case basis in addition to on-court feedback.
Marc Dussault covered our sports psychology components of the camp as well as presented Avoiding Mental Mistakes To Immediately Improve Your Squash Game. This is not an area covered enough in sport training let alone Squash. The Q&A session with David further reinforced the importance of mental toughness.
During the camp, we filmed each participant playing a match. Our coaches took notes on the match and then we passed these on to our support team at SquashAnalysis.com so they can explain 4 areas for improvement with detailed video explanations.
I still to this day, remember watching my first match on video and couldn't believe how distorted my view was of how I played. I believed I was doing things that I wasn't even close to doing. Video analysis gives you an external perspective which you can't have while you're playing. It is one of the most beneficial training tools you can use and with today's smartphones, there is no excuse not to film yourself from time to time.
We went through a structured series of routines that build into match play. Each half day session is focused on one aspect of the game (Hitting straight, increasing length, technical improvement and match play).
The weekend is aimed to give everyone a chance to be at there best for their coaching sessions and match play analyses. The handouts and manuals we give to participants provides a structured training regimen to improve physical fitness, quickness, agility, speed, strength and endurance.
An intensive and immersive squash camp like this can be equivalent to as much as one year's development and improve - in a weekend. Of course that means you need to keep playing and focusing on deliberate practice techniques!