I get tired through the second game:
I am afraid that my answer is not what you wish to hear, but nevertheless, I will say it anyway. Squash is unique, because it requires its participants to blend four different fitness categories such as aerobic fitness, flexibility, strength, mental strength. There is a saying that goes, "Get fit to play squash,dont play squash to get fit". A truer word was never said. Squash is one of the most intense sports disciplines. It is a fast and exciting game. It is a battle to win control of the court and secure positional advantage. Squash involves explosive movement to the left to the right dorwards and backwards around the court. It involves start stop and changing direction. Perhaps all that in one rally. To play squash at a decent level, fitness must be high. Let me break that down a bit further. Players need to have aerobic fitness to allow them to run and swing for an hour or more, flexibility to reach drives deep down the wall and tight drop shots, strength to control their racket and hit the ball with power, and mental strength to "stay in" a long match. A good squash training program should help to strengthen all of these requirements of a player's game, and players should also be willing to focus more exclusively on those aspects of their squash fitness that are weak. So, I suggest that you train each aspect of your game by using a good coach, and hopefully you will see something here that will make you a more complete player. Good luck and enjoy your training!
Fear of loosing is my weakness!
You go on to say that, "what is the point of training if I am going to fail anyway?" I wish I could say that you are alone, but sadly, many people suffer from that. FEAR is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that something dangerous is likely to cause you pain. The source of fear is our own imagination. The acronym of fear is, False Expectations Appearing Real. The greatest barrier to success is fear of failure. The opposite to fear is Courage and Faith. Courage and Faith is taking the first step, even, when you don't see the whole staircase. Thomas Edison said, "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up". Fear of failure disappears when you realize it can’t save you. I say this because I quote from my studies of the Art of War particularly the Greek strategy. The story goes like this; When ancient Greek armies traveled across the sea to do battle, the first thing they would do after landing was to burn their boats, leaving them stranded. With no way to make it home besides victory, the determination of the soldiers was strengthened. When success and failure are the only options, you have no choice but to follow through. If you have a goal, but are afraid to commit, force yourself into action by burning the boats. Send an entry form and pay for a tournament in advance if you want to play a tournament. Set a deadline to achieve a certain goal and put the training time in. I repeat...'Fear of failure disappears when you realize it can’t save you'. Failure plays a big part in your success. It is part and parcel of your success. The best way to reduce fear and build confidence is taking action. As soon as you do, you’ll begin accumulating experience and knowledge. Everything is hardest the first time. It’s like jumping off a cliff into a lake — after you do it once, and you see that the water is safe, each time afterwards is easy. Start off with small steps and build up your confidence until the fear of failure is manageable. Anyway, what is the worst thing that could happen? There are many quotes on failure, but just a few of my favorite ones:- ♦ "Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up" ♦ "The only true failure in life is not, to try and fail, but, to fail to try" ♦ "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure". and lastly, ♦ "Success builds character whereas failure reveals it". The action you took to inquire about your fear of failure, is already a step forward towards overcoming it. I commend you!
I would like to play social squash but have never picked up a racket in my life…
Before I assist you with your question, I would like to tell you a little story about when I started playing squash. I began squash in 1977 while at Wits at the age of 22 purely by accident. Having to pay my own way through varsity and pay my own res, I was pretty frustrated. One evening, I wanted to pack everything up when a colleague of mine saved me from quitting. He gave me a little racket that looked like a lolly pop and a miniture tennis racket and asked me to have a game with him. My question to him was, "where on earth do we play tennis at 9 o'clock at night?" Well af course he explained that it was not tennis but squash and the game is played in a room with lights on. All I remember was that he thrashed me and my frustrations were redirected to, "how can i play this game better". Well the rest is history. I fell in love with the game of squash and whoever I met, irrespective whether he wass fat, thin, tall, short, fast or slow, I asked, "do you play squash". If the answer was "yes" then I would say, "When can we have a game" and if the answer was "no" then I would say, "Good, I'll teach you". If you want to play squash you need to mix with squash players. Where do you find squash players of all sizes and all playing standards. Naturally at a squash club. My first suggestion is to join a club near you and meet squash members. Enter the club championships and I guarantee that you will meet your match somewhere along the way. As you get better you will automatically atract better players. Taking a few lessons will not hurt either as you will be taught good basics such as the grip, racket swing and movement. Bad habits are hard to do away with. These are the basic requirements as you will perform them everytime you move to make connection to the ball. Good habits are a prerequisite so starting on the correct footing is a good thing. My second suggestion is to get a good pair of squash shoes, a cheap racket that does not feel too light or too heavy when you hold it and naturally a ball. Get some good advice from the club coach regarding a good pair of shoes. (see article- How to select shoes). My third suggestion is, 'NEVER BE SCARED TO ASK FOR A GAME!' You will be pleasantly suprised. Good luck!