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How To Buy Squash Balls

As with all sports, your experience and playing level will determine what type of equipment you buy. Here's the lowdown on squash balls to help you make an informed decision.


Features and Classification

Like tennis balls, squash balls are made with 2 durable rubber halves sealed together. Over time, the compressed air inside escapes and the balls lose pressure.

Ongoing impact causes the temperature of the ball to rise, increasing the pressure of the air inside, and therefore increasing bounce. This means that the longer a ball is in play, the livelier its bounce.

Squash balls are into divided into 4 standard types by playing level. It is important to choose the squash ball that matches your skills.

  • Yellow dot balls are for very experienced players and have a dull bounce
  • White dot balls are for advanced players and have a light bounce
  • Red dot balls are for intermediate and recreational players and have a responsive bounce
  • Blue dot balls are for beginners and juniors and have a lively bounce

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Playing Level

Beginners / Juniors

  • Start with a high or medium bounce ball, and gradually switch to low bounce balls as you improve.
  • You want a ball that is lively enough for you to maintain a rally and build skill

Intermediate / Experienced

  • Yellow dot balls of a trusted brand for durability and reliable performance
  • Do not use generic balls if you are trying to refine your skills

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When To Replace Balls

Over time, balls tend to become spongy and unresponsive. Good, predictable bounce is necessary to prevent frustration, so balls should be replaced on a regular basis. Approximately every 2-3 months for regular players. Low-bounce balls and those that withstand regular heavy hitting will need to be replaced more frequently.

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