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SQUASH: How To, Coaching, TrainingListed
first here are the squash instructional books that are in print and available
online. Unfortunately, many of the best and classic squash instructional
and tactical books are out of print. You may email
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in finding out of print titles.

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The
Squash Workshop
By Ian McKenzie. 1993 (paper)
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This
is currently the most comprehensive squash instructional text in print.
The book provides a thorough outline for a program to improve your
squash. Some good insights are provided for players at many levels.
A bit daunting, perhaps, for the beginner, but worthwhile for other
players. The illustrations add to the overall book [Ron Beck]
Skills
of the Game:Squash By David Pearson, Rev 2001, Online Price US $18.95
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David
Pearson has had legendary success in developing successful squash
competitors, from their early junior days through to the pro level.
David Pearson, currently UK National coach, collaborated with Colin
McQuillan in developing this compact and valuable book that will help
you improve your squash game.
Improve
Your Squash Game : 101 Drills, Coaching Tips and Resources
by Pippa Sales
Online Price US$ 13.95
This
is the bible of squash drills. This little book will be found hidden
away in the offices of most club pros – the foundation for the selection
of squash drill used in lessons, clinics, and training sessions. Get
it today and get yourself on a structured improvement track! [Ron
Beck]
Learn
Squash in a Weekend
By Jahangir Khan
Online Price GB £ 9.50
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This
is a compact member of the "learn ___ in a weekend" series.
The book is useful for beginners although it doesn’t provide a lot
of detail for more advanced players.
Instructional
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This
is a relatively short video but provides some instructional guidance
especially on stroke production. The video has received mixed reviews.
Squash:
Steps to Success (Technique, Tactics, Training)
By Philip Yarrow, 1992, reprinted 1997
Online Price US$ 15.25
This
books has been found useful by many beginning and intermediate players.
The clear and concise organization as well as the straightforward
content and advice make this a sound guide to improving your game.
Play
the Game:Squash
By Dick Hawkey
Online Price GB £ 5.59
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Squash

By Ian McKenzie, 1996, paperback
Online Price GB £ 7.19

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This
book on squash is aimed at players and coaches at all levels, and
demonstrates the best way to develop and build the game. It emphasizes
the importance of good technique, practice and training, and includes
photographs of some of the world’s top players in action. The author
has coached many top international players, including Ross Norman
and Lucy Soutter. [Amazon.co. uk]
 

Skilful
Squash
By Ian Robinson, 1990, paper,
Online Price GB £ 6.36
USA
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Squash
(Know the Sport) by Carolyn B. Mitchell Stackpole Books Paperback
– 48 pages 1 Ed edition (July 1997)
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A well
executed book covering the basics of squash.
Smart
Squash: How to win at Softball
by Austin Francis
Online Price US$ 16.95

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This
is, regrettably, a quick "make-over" of a good book on hardball
squash into barely acceptable book on softball squash. For the beginner,
it would be a confusing mixture of the two. For an observer, some
of the quotes from pros are revealing as to the gaps between the softball
and hardball traditions remaining in the USA. [Ron Beck]
Keep
Eye on Ball is Most Important One Thing I tell You
By Chris Widney, 1992
US$ 9.00, (20% discount)
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editor
Chris Widney combines the teachings of squash legend Hashim Khan with
the drawings of artist Richard Pitts in order to unravel some of the
mystery behind this game that no one can seem to explain or stop playing.
The result is a book that will leave squash fanatics laughing all
the way to the court, and may even help them win a point or two when
they get there. [Amazon.com
]
Play
to Win: Squash. By Malcolm Willstrop. 1987 Octapus Books.
Out
of Print.
Malcolm
Willstrop, a former high-level player and a highly regarded coach,
has put together a valuable guide to winning squash. The book contains
many ideas and well organized programs that will enable players at
any level to devise a program of improvement. [Ron Beck]
Heather McKay’s Complete
Book of Squash. 1977. MacMillan of Canada
Out of Print. Heather McKay, arguable
the best woman squash player ever, penned this all-around guidebook
to squash. Although somewhat dated, this book offers good fundamental
advice, both in terms of stroke development as well as training, drills,
and game tactics.
Tackle
Squash by Jonah Barrington with John Hopkins, 1976
Out
of Print.
This
small paperback provides the unique tool of a series of "flip
through" photos that show Barrington executing all the basic
squash shots. As you flip through the pages, you see the shot "in
motion". [Ron Beck]
Barrington
on Squash by Jonah Barrington, 1973 Pan Books
Out
of Print
This
is a classic volume, though small and compact. For each stroke and
element of the game, Barringto provides not only the technical aspect
but his thinking (which derived largely from Nazrullah Khan) on how
to implement. The real jem, though, is the succession of "Barrington’s
Brutal Battles" recounting some of his most memorable matches
from his point of view. [Ron Beck]
Geoff Hunt on Squash
by Geoff Hunt. 1974. Cassell London
Out of Print. Geoff Hunt, who has
had a successful post-world-champion career as coach at the Australia
Institute of Sport, provides here an early view of his coaching ideas.
It is a book, though 25 years old, that is full of good ideas for
your squash game, especially regarding the mental side of the game.
One year later than the above book, it is a counterpoint to Barrington’s
view. [Ron Beck]
Fit for Squash by
Steven Seaton and Ian McKenzie. 1991
Out of Print Here is a guide to
developing fitness and flexibility for success at squash. This book
was prepared approximately a decade ago, and fitness and flexibility
concepts have advanced significantly during that time. The value,
though, is the specific treatment of activities for squash. [Ron Beck]
Newer Angles on Squash.
R.B. Hawkey. 1973 Faber & Faber
Out of Print
Squash: The Better
Way to Play by Ted Millman. 1976. New English Library
Out of Print
       

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Squash: Biographical
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Squash:
The Khan Game
By Hashim Khan with Richard Randell, 1972, paperback
Online Price US$ 17.95
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This
is an extremely enlightening and motivating autobiography of the arguably
most famous squash player ever — the father of the Khan dynasty,
champion of both the softball and hardball games, and icon for the
growth of squash in North America. Although 25 years old, a classic.
Reprinted in paperback.[Ron Beck]
PowerGame:
The quest of Jonathon Power for the World Championship COGENT/BENGER
Productions. Online Price $37.50
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This videotape chronicles
the development of Jonathon Power into the first world champion to
arise from North America. This documentary video manages to capture
the personal side of the intensely private Jonathon Power [Ron Beck]
Squash:
Tips, Tales and Travels by Roy Ollier, 2002. Online Price $22.00
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Winning
Squash. Jahangir Khan with Rahmat Khan and Richard Eaton
Out
of Print!
This
book, written by Jahangir and Rahmat, takes you inside the heads of
these brilliant Khan squash legends. It is a mixture of autobiography,
motivational, and explanation of the drive of Jahangir
Jahangir Khan and
the Khan Dynasty. Keith Miles and Rahmat Khan. 1988
Out of Print! This book gets way
past the usual superficial and second-hand coverage of
the
Khan family. It is an insightful, personal, and sometimes surprising
story about not only Jahangir but his greater family’s accomplishments.
It is highly recommended [Ron Beck]
The
Book of Jonah by Jonah Barrington wtih Clive Everton
Out
of Print!
This
fascinating book was published midstream during Jonah Barrington’s
career. It is a frank and interesting account of Jonah’s rise to the
top of squash. Parts of it are derived from Jonah’s tape recorded
recollections, with several interludes from the point of view of Clive
Everton, his manager. It is a fascinating and compelling story.
Education
of a Speculator
By Victor Niederhoffer, 1998 paperback
Online Price US $ 15.16 (20% discount)

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This is an extremely interesting
autobiographical book by Victor Niederhoffer. Victor was dominant
in North American squash in the mid 1970’s. Victor was always an
interesting and indefineable figure in the squash world. His book
is interesting as well. Although mainly about his investment business,
it touches on the lessons he took from the worlds of competitive
squash and tennis into the rest of his life. A fascinating book
[Ron Beck]

The Three-Wall Nick and Other
Angles (A Squash Autobiography) by Frank Satterthwaite. 1979. Holt
Rhinehart Wilson.

Out of Print! This personal account
of squash in the 1960s and 70s from the point of view of Frank Satterthwaite,
provides a great retrospective of squash in the USA during that period.
It takes you inside the mind of a squash fanatic and makes a great
story. [Ron Beck]
Susan Devoy: Out
on Top. Robyn Scott-Vincent. 1992. Moa Beckett Publishers

Out of Print

Susan Devoy is one
of the best women squash players ever. But she is little know outside
of New Zealand. The book presents the story of a squash career with
honesty and with considerable insight into the challenges and realities
of becoming and staying number one. Overall, a fascinating book about
a great player and athlete. [Ron Beck]
Devoy-Martin
1992 World Championshp

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This is a excellent
quality production (camera work by Jean DeLierre) of the 1992 World
Championship final, after which Devoy retired.
 
       
       

Squash: Historical
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The
World Squash Yearbook 1999. Edited by Colin McQuilllan. Greenbriars
Press.
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A number
of contributors have combined to provide a comprehensive reference
of squash tournaments and championships throughout the world during
1999.
Khan’s
Unlimited, History of Squash in Pakistan
By Dicky Rutnager, 1997 hardcover
Online Price GB £ 13.99
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This book provides
a quite complete look at the Khan dynasty, beginning with Hashim,
Roshan and Azam Khan, up to Jansher Khan. A fascinating look at the
family’s motivations and successes.
Squash,
A History
By Rex Bellamy, 1988 hardcover
Online Price GB £ 10.99
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This
look back at squash was written by perhaps the most reknowned journalist
of the game. Rex, who covered squash for the London Times, had a fine
way with words, a keen eye for the game, a respect for the players,
and a subtle wit. [Ron Beck]
The
Complete Book of Squash by Dick Hawkey. 1978. Hyperion
Out
of Print.

This book is a hybrid: part
squash history, part description of the state of the sport in the
late ’80, part instructional – mainly instructing coaches. This
book has two interesting historical chapters – one, a brief history
of the sport in the UK, the second a comparison of the various great
champions – comparing, for example, Hashim versus Barrington, Hunt
and Hiscoe.[Ron Beck]

 

The History of Squash
Rackets by John Horry. 1979 Webb Publishing
Out of Print This book contains
a wealth of information about the early history of squash; but fails
to bring it alive. Despite its pedantic and dry style, the book is
an interesting reference regarding origins of clubs and some historical
players.[Ron Beck]
 
The Other Racquet
Sports by Dick Squires. 1978 McGraw Hill
Out of Print In a unique volume,
racket fanatic Dick Squires provide a living profile of a range of
obscure and not so obscure racket sports, ranging from squash, badminton,
and table tennis to squash tennis, pickleball, platform tennis, hard
rackets, racquetball, and court tennis.
The Racquet Game
by Allison Danzig, MacMillan 1930
Out of Print Allison Danzig, squash
and tennis reporter for the New York Times, wrote this comprehensive
and unique history of the origins of squash in the USA. The book covers
the game by city and also provides histories of Court Tennis, Rackets,
and Squash Tennis.
The Art of Squash
Rackets, Amr Bey, Chapman & Hall 1934
Out of Print Amr Bey, four time
British Open Champion, provides a surprisingly interesting and living
history of the early days of squash in the UK. The book includes profiles
of the early stars and a chapter by Susan Noel, women’s British Open
winner in the 30’s

Stretching and Fitness:
How do the top players get where they are and look effortless through
a long match? A lot of the answer is a balanced program including emphasis
on fitness and careful attention to stretching. Learn the concepts of
both from some of these recommended titles.
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Stretching
Scientifically: A Guide to Flexibility Training
By Thomas Kurz, 1994, paperback
Online Price US$ 18.95
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Many guides to stretching
are difficult to follow and even daunting in their complexity. This
straightforward and relevant book is different. This is a very widely
used book on how and why to stretch before and after training and
competing.
The
Wharton’s Stretch Book
By Jim and Phil Wharton, 1994, paperback
Online Price US$ 12.00 (20% discount)
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This stretching guide presents
a complete approach and system. The book is thorough, takes a very
organized approach, and presents very clear explanations. [Ron Beck]

Two noted athletic trainers introduce their Active Isolated Stretching
method for developing flexibility, presenting an easy-to-follow program
of fifty-nine separate stretches and advice for pregnant women, older
athletes, and specific sports activities.
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Stretching
By Bob Anderson & Jean Anderson, 1987, paperback
out of print
This stretching book is
best described as encyclopedic. It offers more clear diagrams and
exhaustively describes a host of stretches and when to use them.[Ron
Beck]
ACSM
Fitness Book
By the American College of Sports Medicine, 1997, paperback
Online Price US$ 13.45 (20% discount)
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This is a
very substantive and clear step by step program to building fitness.
The book includes extensive charts to assess your fitness level and
measure progress. [Ron Beck]
A proven, step-by-step program prescribed by the leading experts in
health and fitness from the American College of Sports Medicine. “A
benchmark guide to fitness. With its low-key approach and a gently
encouraging tone, this may be the one book that can successfully woo
the most hardened fitness cynic.”–[Publishers Weekly] 67 color photos.
Strong
Women Stay Young
Miriam E. Nelson, 1998, paperback
Online Price US$ 10.36 (20% discount)
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Miriam E. Nelson’s research
created news worldwide when the results were published in the Journal
of the American Medical Association. After a year of strength training
twice a week, women’s bodies were 15 to 20 years more youthful. Without
drugs, they regained bone, reversing osteoporosis. They became stronger–in
most cases even stronger than when they were young. Their balance
and flexibility improved. They were leaner and trimmer, while eating
as much as ever. What’s more, the women were so energized, they became
27 percent more active. No other program–whether diet, medication
or aerobic exercise–has ever achieved comparable results.
review by Amazon.com

The Mental Game.
Squash is a mental game. You need to understand why your mind isn’t reacting
the way you had planned when you get in the midst of a game! Study these
recommended books about the mental game, mostly written for tennis, but
very applicable to the mental processes in squash.
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The
Inner Game of Tennis (revised edition)
By Timothy Galwey, 1997, paperback
Online Price US$ 12.76 (20% discount)
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Squash is an attitude
and mind game !!
This book talks about tennis but it really focuses
on how to improve your game in the areas of focus, concentration,
positive attitude, resistance to opponents’ gamesmanship and the like.
A really valuable book to help take your squash to the next level
[Ron Beck]
Winning
Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis – Lessons from a Master
By Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison, 1994, paperback
Online Price US$ 8.80 (20% discount)
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Squash is an attitude
and mind game !! This is a highly rated book on the mental aspects
of competition.
Brad Gilbert has become one of the world’s greatest
tennis players by “winning ugly” –analyzing and capitalizing on an
opponent’s weakness. Now Gilbert shows how to think better–and win
more often–on the court. “Winning Ugly is great. These are pro tactics
that will improve a recreational player’s game fast.”–Pete Sampras.
[Amazon.com]

Rules of Squash
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Squash
Rules: A Players Guide
By Andrew Shelley, 1997
Online Price GB £ 5.59
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Outline
of squash rules and interpretations by Andrew Shelley, executive director
of WISPA.
Squash
– Reglas del Juego Mundial de Singles translated by Alfredo McClymont
– 56 pages (July 1, 1999)
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Translation of squash
rules into Spanish

Books authored by Squash Players
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Killing on Wall Street: An Investment Mystery by Derrick Niederman.
2000. $17.56 (save 20%)
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Squash
player Derrick Niederman tries his hand at the murder mystery. The
result is an intriguing story of a wall street killing, sprinkled
with stock tip, puns, and puzzles. For the US based squash player,
locations such as the Apawamis club are thrown in, as well as oblique
references to certain players.
Inspector
Forsooth’s Whodunits
By Derrick C. Niederman, 1998, hardcover
Online Price US $ 10.46 (30% discount)
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Presents twelve stories,
each with a question and answer section at the end to help solve the
mysteries. Provides answers at the back of the book. These mysteries
were first presented as an online interactive series on AOL. According
to Derrick, these mysteries are quite challenging, and despite the
Amazon.com categorization, are really for adults, not children. Derrick
Niederman is an excellent squash player from the Boston, MA, USA area,
who played squash on Yale’s team and then on the tournament circuit
for many years. A games “expert” Derrick has also created a number
of word puzzles for the Sunday New York Times. notes
by Ron Beck

Memoirs of an Invisible
Man by Harry F. Saint
Out of Print Harry Saint, the founder
of commercial squash in the USA, through his creation of Town Squash
Inc (now New York Sports Clubs) was a giant in the development of
squash in the USA. His novel, Memoirs of an invisible man, is also
a fine work. It is based on the unusual story of a man, rendered invisible
in an accident, and forced to rummage around the private (Squash)
clubs of New York. The book was also released as a major motion picture.

Bucher über squash von Amazon.de                     
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Handbuch
für Squash. Ulrich Meseck, Kurt Haymann. 142 Seiten (1996) Meyer u.
Meyer, Aachen. DM 34.00
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A comprehensive
and complete guide to developing your skills in squash. Includes sequence
photos for many shots, technical descriptions, programs for competitive
training and fitness. [Ron Beck]
Squash
gewinnen. Jahangir Khan Preis: Gebundene Ausgabe – 93 Seiten (1991)
Nymphenburger, Mchn.; ISBN: 3485017035 DM 29,80 EUR 15,23
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This book, written
by Jahangir and Rahmat, takes you inside the heads of these brilliant
Khan squash legends. It is a mixture of autobiography, motivational,
and explanation of the drive of Jahangir [Ron Beck]
Gewinnen
beim Squash. von Andre Maur, u. a. Erschienen 1993 W. Rau, Ddf. Taschenbuch
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Squash.
Technik, Taktik, Spiel. Ulrike Birkner, Peter Langhammer. Preis: DM
24,90 (1998)
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No review
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Squash en Francais

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Pratique
du squash de Kurt Haymann, Ulrich Meseck. 1991. Editions Vigot.
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Translated
from the German. A comprehensive and complete guide to developing
your skills in squash.Includes sequence photos for many shots, technical
descriptions, programs for competitive training and fitness. [Ron
Beck]
Squash
de Robin Espie, Martin Sklorz, Frédéric Ceillier
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