(Last Updated on : 29-01-2015)
Equipments of squash are unlike any other sports. The game of squash uses a ball, racquet, eye protection and shoes. The detail discussion about the equipments is done below:
The balls used in the game of squash doesn't resemble with any other balls used in sports. This is a typical sport that does not bounce until it is warmed up by hitting it hard 50 to 100 times. Thereafter the ball reaches balances temperature and is quite bouncy. Unfortunately, one has to continue with hitting the ball hard to keep it lively and warm. Since for newcomers and beginners it can get difficult to hit the ball hard and have long rallies, so Dunlop has four varieties of squash balls. The difference among them is that they will bounce the same without having to hit them hard. These are the four balls offered by Dunlop:
- double yellow dot
-single yellow dot (for club players and/or cool courts), Progress (for intermediate players)
- blue colour and slightly oversized
So it is recommended that a player starts with a beginner ball as it does not have instant bounce and will be bouncy even if it is not hit hard. As one starts to hit the ball hard with accuracy and consistency then it is worked on the next level ball. This is the way of earning the bonus in spite of hitting it hard. Also it is important to wash the ball after every match, especially if it slides a lot. This is done to remove the fine dust that is picks up making the surface shiny. A quick will help restore the surface to the original feel.
There are various types of racquets that are available in the market. Apart from the typical wooden and aluminium ones, people can also look forward to racquets made of titanium and graphite. This has actually helped racquets become a lot lighter, which helps players to get more control and it gets easier to work on the swing mechanics. It is always advisable to go for racquets with oversized head of 490 cm square or greater head size. This provides a larger sweet spot so that shots can be hit of the centre and with lot of power and control.
The racquets with smaller heads are reliable and suitable for experienced players looking for control and power. Any racquet less than 180g would be suitable. But too light a racquet must also be avoided, as it generates less power and forces the use of wrists.
In the game of squash the protection of the eye is extremely essential. Safeguarding the eye from squash ball is crucial, so wearing eye guards must be encouraged.
For people who are starting out, shoes with ample shock absorption are essential. Shoes with worn out soles or thin soled shoes must always be avoided. Also the running shoes must also be strictly avoided.