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#11: Amateur Focus - Forehand Volley Drop
What made David Palmer Great ?
Peter Nicol looks at the making of a fellow champion
Heading to Florida last week, I was really intrigued to hear
what made David the player he was.
was going to be the first time after years of fierce
competition I would get the chance to hear how and what
David worked on and could properly understand how he ticked,
and after all this time,
I was fascinated. I imagined an incredibly hard worker with
attention to detail being paramount, with a constant desire
to get better.
Not that difficult to deduce considering David's style of
play and hugely successful career, but I was more impressed
than I thought I'd be with just how focused he was
throughout his career.
Attention to detail:
I'd seen some squash sessions David had done with Shaun
Moxham, his coach of many years. They were all about
controlled practice at an incredibly high pace, moving in
patterns and hitting targets with the ball.
David explained what the focus was in these sessions and
also fleshed out how long and hard these sessions would
last. The most striking aspect of these practices was the
attention to detail and making sure that every shot and
movement were exactly as he wanted.
The preparation of racquet head and body position meant that
David was perfectly balanced and able to execute every shot
well. He understood what needed to happen to gain the
maximum consistency whilst also creating positions for shot
In the rest of the article Peter investigated the
"killer" sessions David undertook with Sean, and how he
developed and maintained his physical form.
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