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Published: 04 Mar 2008 - 04:08 by SamBWFC

Updated: 28 Mar 2008 - 08:27

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I was playing for my club a couple of weeks ago, away against another club, and the court I played on, well... I've never experienced such a hot court in my life. There was a bloody big radiator at the top, beaming down on you while you were playing! It really messed with my game, I was sweating like hell after the first game and considering I'm 20 years old and have high fitness levels, this is not like me at all!

My question is, how can I prepare myself for hot courts like these? The player I played was older and not as fit as me, but I'm not really good in heat and I was getting stitches in my chest... I eventually ended up losing the match.


Obviously to slow the pace down is one thing to try and preserve energy, but is there anything I can do prior to going on court i.e. relevant fluids to take, or even any form of training for this?

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From rippa rit - 28 Mar 2008 - 08:27

Sam - I am not sure, but I thought the original question referred to you feeling really hot, and not used to the heat? 

So your game was OK? but your were not OK?


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From rskting - 28 Mar 2008 - 01:03   -   Updated: 28 Mar 2008 - 01:03

turn the radiator off

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From jimbob1965 - 26 Mar 2008 - 09:14

Good idea Hamburglar but I wish it were that easy.  I think I have posted in this forum before the aversion to using anything but the double yellow dot in the higher divisions of our league.  I have however dropped down a few divisions over recent months due to a poor run of form as I try to improve my technique and have therefore been using the single yellow much more, which partly compensates.  I cannot imagine anyone even contemplating anything faster than that though!  I am thankfully now climbing back up the divisions so may start to encounter some resistance to the single yellow again, although I have even heard some of the better players talking about using the faster ball on the coldest of the courts.



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From hamburglar - 24 Mar 2008 - 13:21

you don't seem to be complaining about the temperature on you, so just use a hotter ball like a red or blue dot. might be nice to have a hot ball but a cool court.

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From SamBWFC - 24 Mar 2008 - 04:16

The courts at my club are just about right, not too hot and not too cold. We have glass-backs and have a radiator behind each court, about five yards away from the glass wall.

The only way I can think of is to provide heating around the courts!

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From jimbob1965 - 06 Mar 2008 - 10:17

We have the opposite problem at the leisure centre courts where I play most of my squash in that it is so cold, particularly on one of the courts.  The heating is completely inadequate, with just a wall mounted blow heater over the door.  The ball cools down really quickly if rallies are not long, spoiling the game and playing into the hands of the 'drop shot merchants'!

Can anyone recommend the best and most efficient type of heating for squash courts, so that I can pass on the information to the management?  Having just lost 2 courts, I think the least they could do is provide us with adequate heating on the remaining courts.



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