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LESSON 006

WEAR PROPER SHOES



These are squash shoes and getting the right shoes is really important because they will help you move better and they will help you avoid injuries, which will come on to in a moment.

The two main characteristics of squash shoes that are important are one, the type of sole. The sole is designed specifically to react well with the type of floor that you will play on.

In addition, they are generally called non-marking and you only need to go to any leisure centre and look at the floor of a squash court and see all these blue and dark lines.

Those are created by shoes that are not designed for indoor court and they make a mark.

That's less important than the fact that this type of material will help you grip the floor in the correct way.

The second feature about squash shoes is that they are designed for lateral movement. They have support on the inner and outer parts of the foot because when you're playing you're often twisting and going forwards and backwards and all sorts of things and that's really important.

In addition to squash shoes, you could buy volleyball shoes, badminton shoes and handball shoes. Those types of shoes are all suitable for use on a squash court.

The main difference that I can see between badminton shoes and squash shoes is generally, or sometimes, badminton shoes are lighter and that's maybe because they have to do a little bit more jumping or maybe that's just the way it is.

The shoes that you shouldn't use, SHOULD NOT use, are tennis shoes, basketball shoes and CrossFit shoes!

Those shoes are NOT designed for indoor courts and they're not the same kind of movement.

The shoes that you MUST NOT use and I need to stress this, youMUST NOT use running shoes and for two reasons.

The first reason is that running shoes are raised at the back because when you're moving most of the movement is just this forward motion, so they're raised to protect your heels.

The problem for squash players is that you might then twist your ankles and obviously that's not what you want to do when you're when you're moving around in squash. The last thing you want is something that's high for you to twist your ankle and fall over.

And the second reason that running shoes are not very good, is that they have no lateral support. They are really not designed for any type of twisting motion and you only need to look at modern-day running shoes to see that they're almost a thin canvas and okay maybe that's great for running but it's not good for squash.

When I was playing competitively I always used to use Adidas sqyuash shoes because I found that they fit my feet really well and that's the next point.

Buying a brand should be based on how they fit your feet. These shoes shown in the video are Salming and they were absolutely fantastic but they became too old, so I went to Decathlon and I bought their brand.

They're okay. They were 30 euros. The problem was that I needed them immediately, so I had to rush this decision.

So my last point to you is once you've started playing squash and you realize "Oh My God! This is fantastic. I'm definitely gonna keep playing". Which, why wouldn't you? When you find a pair of shoes that are comfortable, go and get a second pair and I know that not everybody can afford to do that, but what it means is that if you alternate between two pairs of shoes: one they will last you much longer and two if something happens to one pair, you'll have another pair that you can use and then find time to go and get the pair that suits you.

So find a pair that is suitable for you and wear these types of shoes, please.

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Hi!, My name is Phillip and I call myself a "Remote Squash Coach".

I create squash-related content for use online.

I used to be a professional squash coach and was lucky enough to work and play with the biggest names in squash.

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