Post Tournament Analysis

I’ve been playing squash for over 5 years now.  I’ve definitely improved since I first picked up a racket.  I think most of the improvement comes from adapting my previous experience with tennis, a general athletic ability to pick up sports and a dedication to breaking down all parts of my game from swing mechanics to strategic shot selection.

In the most recent local squash tournament this past weekend, I failed to win 2 matches on the first day which guarantees participating in the second day matches.  Analyzing what I did right/wrong afterwards I came to a few conclusions.

  • Given enough time to set up, I usually will hit a good rail or cross court shot.
  • My strategic/tactical squash play is good enough to play at a higher skill level.  My court awareness comes from being able to slow the game down with lobs and deep rails.  However, once the game speeds up, I lose awareness of the court and prevents me from executing my shots.  My shots tend to become just punching at the ball instead of swing/stroking.
  • My general form and movement is also good enough to play at a higher skill level.  However, my overall fitness is an issue.  As I grow tired, my form breaks down leading to loose play and multiple mistakes.  This prevents me from executing my shots and general court strategy.
  • When I’m hitting rails, I tend to hit the ball straight back at me irrespective if it’s a forehand or backhand stroke.  This is great if I’m close to the wall hitting the ball. But if I’m in the middle of the court, this becomes a big liability as the path of the ball puts it close the T.   This allows my opponent to not stray far from the T to return the ball.  This is also bad if I’m trying to hit a cross court shot as the path of the ball isn’t wide enough to actually traverse the width of the court.
  • My lob serves are not consistent enough to rely on from both service boxes.  However, when the lob serves are working, they are generally hard to return.

Theodore’s Coffee Roasters

Over Christmas, I purchased the Geisha Gift box from Angels Cup.  During the course of Angels Cup packaging and sending the gift box, Angels Cup mentioned that Theodore’s Roasters weren’t able to finalize and send the geisha beans.  To support them not being able to send the beans, Angels Cup suggested buying from them to support.  And so here I am, finally getting to taste.

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A subtle, sweet and fruity aroma wafts up upon opening the bag.  There is also a subtle hint of chocolate as well too.  Grinding and brewing my latte, the subtleties of the beans really starts to stand out.  Jasmine, oranges, chocolate, cherry and subtle nutty aromas and taste fade in and out with each sip.  It’s pretty amazing.

Energy creation…

I recently had an interaction that 10 years ago I probably would have engaged in.  But I stepped back and realized that some interactions with certain people aren’t worth my time in creating what ultimately would be negative energy.  Certain people are set in their ways and just don’t change.  There’s no need for me to be part of it.