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How long do squash balls last???

Published: 29 Apr 2006 - 22:17 by ddraver

Updated: 25 Sep 2008 - 20:39

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Hey guys


Me n my house mate play squash almost every day and i am won derin how long your average squash ball lasts before it needs replacing...We both hit the ball hard (harder than neccessayr to be honest) and play for 40 mins at a time (all we re allowed)

So - how long do u keep a ball before taking a new one out of the pack?



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From jnorth51 - 10 May 2006 - 22:10

Agreed - I use mine until they break!

I have gone months with the same ball playing at the club - and its as shiny as ever!

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From pug505man - 07 May 2006 - 01:21

All comments are double yellow unless stated...
wilson are rubbish
Alinta are good quality but seem a little bouncier than dunlops
Grays are nice
Dunlop is the standard. I think the Grays ball is better (atleast on the courts I practice on, where I prefer the grays).
Head makes a real nice single yellow that seems to last a long time.
Consolidated Merco was the best single dot I ever played with i reckon - pity theyve gone.

As for how long they last...
Ive had solo sessions where Ive broken 3 new balls. Dunlops and grays. Thats over the course of a 2 hour practice. I have a grays in my bag that Ive had for atleast 15 hours of mostly matchplay - I keep waiting for it to break n it doesnt, but a grays I bought at the same time (from the same box) broke after an hour solo hitting.
I dont hit the ball particularly hard but I do use a fair bit of spin. I know a bloke in sydney who could break brand new balls first shot (4 in a row was his record).

It is a bit like 'how long is a piece of string?' god knows - as viper says - until they break. Or when it looks all shiny n yucky. I like em when the brand has just about worn off - I reckon theyre perfect then.

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From BizarreCo - 02 May 2006 - 23:26

I use a squash ball for around 8 to 10 hours of court time, then I donate it to the club for use on club night. By this time, a ball is usually worn (getting soft spots) or has lost its surface (becoming shiney). The courts can make a lot of difference to this as some courts exact more wear on the ball than others.


As a rule I play with a ball until

  1. It becomes shiney and "skids" on the floor during play
  2. It becomes soft in parts (esp. around the join)
  3. It breaks!
  4. It gets stolen!!


Hope that helps


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From vitty - 30 Apr 2006 - 03:53

I play with Dunlop revelation pro (2 yellow dots), let´s say 3-4 times a week and it breaks after about three weeks. I was told that other balls (Pro Kennex, Wilson) aren´t so good.I don´t know, I only once played with Pro Kennex (dbl yellow) and it was a bit bouncier than Dunlop. I´ve heard that Dunlop is the best so I play with them

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From Viper - 29 Apr 2006 - 22:45

Until they break.......................

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