If You Play Squash.

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If you can keep the ball in
    when the opponent cannot,
If you can trust your drop shot
    and play it reasonably above the tin.
If you can rally and not be tired by rallying,
    or be deceptive, with a hold and flick,
or be aroused, but still accept no let calls against you
    And don't play too fancy, nor argue vehemently.

If you can visualise - and not make visuals your mistress;
    If you can plan - and express those plans despite distress;
If you can meet with prosperity and scarcity
    And treat those two outcomes just the same;
If you can suffer to hear the facts you've spoken
    Misinterpreted by fools making them seem wiser,
Or discover the efforts you put in, unfulfilled,
    And refocus and restart your training again with an old racket.

If you can hunt for the crosscourt volley nick roller
    And risk missing and leaving yourself open,
And miss, but recover and scramble to the next shot
    And breathe calmly as you run rapidly;
If you can strive with cardiovascular capacity
    Beyond self doubt about your tenacity,
And continue onwards and upwards with a defensive lob
    To give time to recover the T for their next stroke.

If you can thank the officials and spectators graciously,
    And be humble in victory, and generous in defeat,
If neither opponents nor administrators can hurt you,
    If all stakeholders count on you, but none too much;
If you can fill the tie breaker in the fifth game
    With the stuff of your life,
This squash court is yours forever more,
    And - yes let's be a player of squash my friend!
by David Jarvis 20th May 2022.

If You Play Squash




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Sayings of Squash : Arabian Knights.

Sayings of Squash : Arabian Knights.

train to be the player you want to be.

there are no short rallies within any worthwhile victory.

you cannot cross court until you have courage to loose sight of the ball.

the greatest danger for most players is not that we aim too high and hit out, but that we aim too low and hit the tin.

always bear in mind that your own determination to train and play well is more important than any other component.

it does not matter how slowly you move as long as you reach the ball before the second bounce.

you are not the player in the pool, you are the entire pool in one player.

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you are not just drop shots and winners, you are a complete player.

training alone is better than training badly.

do not feel excluded, squash is inclusive.

love all is the …

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Old Squash Knowledge for the Young.

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The longest rally begins with a serve.

To coach people – understand them.

If your shot was not up forget it. If your shot was out forget it. If your shot goes in prepare for the next shot.

Get rid of the desire to win.

When I let go of what I was, I become what I am.

Soft and tight wins over hard and loose.

Words are nothing, movement is everything.

Living only for the accolades of victory means you are trapped.

There is nothing softer and more flexible than air, use it.

Shape your thoughts, they become your words. Shape your words, they become your actions. Shape your actions, they become your habits. Shape your habits, they become your character. Shape your character, it becomes your destiny.

Wise athletes avoid extreme training.

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