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beginners using yellow spot balls.

Published: 08 Aug 2016 - 05:40 by alf1956

Updated: 11 Jul 2020 - 16:57

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 I have ben playing squash for 30 years & as i near 60 yrs old we now play with a red spot ball to give us better rallies rather than us go over to the dark side which is raquet ball! I am amazed by the number of beginners who are playing with a yellow dot or a duoble yellow dot ball. I have pointed out in a nice friendly way that they will benefit greatly if they use a faster ball but they say thanks but the next time i watch them before we go on court they are still using  ayellow dot & it is obviously still very cold as it is hardly bouncing. Has anybody else experienced this?

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From alf1956 - 11 Jul 2020 - 16:57

From alf1956 - 11 Jul 2020 - 16:55   -   Updated: 11 Jul 2020 - 16:55

From rippa rit - 05 Jun 2020 - 11:05

You make some good points alf1956.  It is true it is not much fun if the ball is moving slowly when it is cold, and the ball is not warm enough due to the lack of long hard rallies, especially in a cold climate.  Really, except when you are a pro, or playing a high grade competition, there is no reason to adhere to any rules about the type of ball used.  I would recommend using the ball that suits both players and makes the game enjoyable.  This could vary from summer to winter as the seasons change.

Also, the change in temperature will have some effect on the touch shots, eg when it is hot it is a matter of controlling the ball speed and keeping it low (more room for errors), when it is cold shots like a drop shot have to have a little bit more follow through to lift the ball. Other things like playing drop shots and lobs with a bouncy ball, will often mean the opponent will have more time to get to return the shot and therefore more likely to attack with their return.

The other thing to remember, a ball that is bouncy could make the game more dangerous as the back wall shots might return into the middle of the court - options if this is the case; change the ball, watch the ball, hit and move, aim lower on the front wall, wear eyewear.


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