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How to Play

Squash is considered by many to be an easy sport to learn and play - no matter what your level you can achieve a good workout and enjoy yourself. Forbes Magazine even went as far as to label it the healthiest sport in the world in 2010: http://squash2016.info/healthy_lifestyle. We can't disagree!

Ways to Play

Clubs will be able to provide you with the level of competition/access to the game that you desire.  A sample of levels of competition could include:

  • Coaching for beginners
  • Clubnights
  • Business house leagues
  • Club membersip; including access to courts and matches with other members 24/7
  • Interclub
  • Tournaments
  • District representative teams
  • National representative teams

The sport is relatively cheap to play - especially in New Zealand, with only a racket and a ball required to enjoy a vigorous workout.

Types of Ball

There are several different types of ball you can choose from. Different types of ball have different coloured dots on them, denoting different levels of bounciness. Beginner players should choose a 'bouncier' ball that will stay warmer, and therefore bounce higher, making it easier to sustain rallies and enjoy the game. More advanced players should select a less bouncy ball for their matches. The table below offers a guide:

Colour

Attributes:

Larger balls (eg Hi-Balls, racketball balls)

When new players are beginning to gain confidence, and develop hand eye co-ordination, the blue dot will be more suitable and give more time to strike the ball. This ball, if used by better players, could be dangerous as it will bounce all around the court, out of control to some extent.

Blue dot (very fast)

This ball is often used by coaches as it tends to be a "constant temperature" and will bounce more than the yellow dot ball.  A good ball to use in cold conditions, and for juniors and beginner players to learn the game.

Yellow dot (slow)

This is the official competition ball. This ball will cool down very quickly particularly if the playing rallies are short, and the temperature is cold.

Double Yellow dot (super slow)

This is the official competition ball for higher graded players.  It is slower again than the single yellow dot, and will cool down extremely quickly if rallies are short and/or the temperature is cold.

Learning to Play:

To maximise enjoyment and speed of improvement, Squash New Zealand highly recommends using a bouncy ball when first learning to play.  Modified equipment can often be useful for beginners.  An example (available from Club K) of this is Hi-Ball equipment - shorter, wider rackets and bigger, bouncier balls.  It is useful for clubs to hold a kit of these for beginners to use when they first try the sport.  After a few tries beginners will probably be ready to 'graduate' to squash rackets and squash balls, but by providing easy, fun options to begin with beginners are more likely to enjoy their first squash experiences and stay in the game!

Most clubs offer coaching to players of all levels; it is best to get in touch with a professional coach to learn the fundamentals of the game. However in this modern age, there are various e-tutorials available on the internet. Click here to visit the coaching section of the Squash New Zeaand website.

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