Arrive early. Too often, students arrive at the club a few minutes before our session is to begin. They do a few minutes of cursory stretching and hop on the court to warm up their legs and the ball for the first minutes of our lesson. The better approach is to arrive early enough to thoroughly warm up your muscles — either on a bike or treadmill or doing some light court sprints. Then, you should do some dynamic stretching to loosen your muscles. While you are stretching, prepare mentally for your lesson. What do you want to accomplish in the session. While I come to each lesson with an idea for focus areas for each student, I don’t know what your squash-week has been like — what is working well, what are you frustrated with, what aches?? Let me know, so your session is as fruitful as it can be. Be prepared to put forth your best effort!
Use the lesson as a time to…well…learn. The focus of your lesson should be what you are doing wrong in your game, and get instruction on how to improve your playing. I will put you into instructional and drilling situations where you can learn proper technique and build on what you have learned. These drills will drive a lot of physical exercise, but the purpose is different than your regular sparring sessions with friends from the club — just as tournaments or league games are different than a friendly!
Listen! To get the most out of your session, be in a listening mode.
Relax! I’m pushing you to do activity that is new to you. Expect to make mistakes — you will learn from each one if you are relaxed and open to learning. My job is to put you in a position to make mistakes, and then correct them!
Trust me. Some of the things I will ask you to do will feel uncomfortable and unnatural. But you have to trust me if you want to unlearn the bad habits and replace them with winning shots!
Plan your squash week. At the end of a session, I can give you “homework” assignments to work on in the interval between our coaching sessions. These are often solo drills, court ghosting, stretching, or mental preparation techniques.
I appreciate that each lesson is an investment in time and resources. Make the most of your lesson by coming prepared to learn and to apply what you have learned in the coming weeks.