There are four types of squash ball, each to suit different levels of player.
Pro balls are used by elite / professional players and are recognised by the distinctive double yellow dot markings on the black ball (at high altitude the dot will be a single green dot)
Competition balls are ideal for social / club level players and are recognised by their distinctive single yellow dot marking on the black ball.
Progress balls are ideal for beginners / social players as they are 6% larger, with a 20% longer bounce hang time than that of a double yellow. They can be recognised by their single red dot.
Max balls are fast with a very high bounce. The balls tend to be roughly 12% larger and 40% longer bounce hang time than that of a double yellow and recognised by the blue dot.
There is a large variety of squash rackets – different brands, different weights, different material compositions, different shapes and different sizes.
Generally rackets have long necks and the racket head is smaller than a traditional tennis racket.
Rackets come in different weights to suit an individual’s style of play, a heavier racket in the head tends to give a player more power in their shot. Lighter rackets are better suited to players that have some experience and know how to swing through the ball.
Racket choice is very much down to personal preference, so the best thing to do when picking a racket is try as many models as possible before buying. Parkview Squash Centre does have a variety of demo rackets that you could try out before making your purchase.
Squash shoes are specially designed to deal with the high impact of moving around the squash court. Good ankle support is essential and the ability for the shoe to absorb a lot of the impact and shock on the body.
Ideally the sole of the shoe should be flexible and have a gum sole or at the very least a non- marking sole to prevent damage to the playing surface of the court.
Eye injuries are not uncommon in squash, and as the game has progressed people are becoming more conscious about wearing protective eyewear on court.
For juniors and when playing doubles eye protection is mandatory. (Protective eyewear)
Squash equipment is widely available, though it is recommended that you frequent a good sports retail store that has qualified and squash experienced staff that can properly advise you to ensure your enjoyment of the sport whilst limiting the risk of personal injury.
A wide selection of squash specific equipment is available at our onsite store The Racket Shop, as well as via our online store www.theracketshop.co.za, both of which are manned by staff well versed in all things squash and headed up by Craig van der Wath (multiple national and world masters champion).
You are welcome to come and have a chat.