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These Squash balls are made for the squash beginner and are made in a way that will allow a beginner to become more comfortable hitting a ball on the squash court. As opposed to the double yellow dot (Good level Squash player) or the single yellow dot (intermediate squash player) these balls are slightly bigger and bounce more without the need to warm them up much. While the yellow dot balls require you to hit them a bit to warm them up and get them bouncing, these balls will give the beginner a bounce from the start. The larger bounce allows the beginner to get to the ball more easily as it effectively slows the game down. A normal squash game is very fast paced and with the ball kept as low and close to the walls as possible. These balls make it very difficult to kill the ball (Two floor bounces) and therefore allows the game to go on for longer enabling a beginner to improve their shots. The transition from these balls to the yellow dot balls is difficult however as they are so different to hit. This is frustrating at first, but the skills you gain from the dunlop max balls should give you the basic skills needed to make that transition with some hard work.
I recently began playing squash and went straight out to the shops to pick up some practice balls. The guy in the shop advised me to get the Dunlop Max Squash Ball to start with. I got one for about £3 and went straight to the courts.
The Max Squash ball is larger than your normal pro squash ball and is bright blue in colour. Both of these changes are in place to make the ball easier to hit. The big blue ball is much easier to spot coming at you when compared with the speeding black dot of the double yellow pro balls. They are packaged individually in a nice looking dunlop box. I don't believe they are available in multi-packs, or at least are not available in the usual brick and mortar stores.
Warming up a squash ball usually involves a few rallies back and forth to ensure that the ball has some bounce before the game starts. While this ball has more 'intrinsic bounce' than the double yellow it seems to take longer to warm up completely than the smaller, more stiff double yellows. Playing with this ball really takes the speed out of squash. To be honest I found it turned it into a completely different game. I'm reasonably fit but I never really got out of breath as I was stood waiting for the ball the majority of the time. Once warmed up this ball will have a huge bounce and you will have plenty of time to catch low shots or drop shots. This probably aids the very unfit or absolute novice but is unneccesary for anyone who is either a) anyway fit or b) anyway experienced.
I played 3/4 times a week with this ball for about 3 weeks until switching to a standard sized ball. I saw no signs of damage apart from the odd scuff mark. I've read of people splitting these balls but I can't imagine playing with it long enough for that to happen.
With all that in mind I would still recommend this ball to someone who is quite unfit and who has never played squash before ever. Not a bad product, just not for me.
In full flow, Squash can be a hectic, non-stop, energy-draining sport. Not only is the speed of play determined by the fitness of the player, but it's also controlled by the speed of the ball. The fastest squash ball is known as the 'Pro', which has a double yellow spot and isn't especially bouncy. A little slower, and a little bouncier, is the standard 'Competition' ball with its a single yellow spot - this one is for the intermediate player. If you keep going down the squash ball echelons, you'll eventually come across the 'Dunlop Max', a bright blue little number which is aimed squarely at the beginner.
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Currently costing £2.99 from Amazon, the Dunlop Max ball has been specifically designed to be twelve percent larger than a regular squash ball (making it easier to hit) - it also stays in the air an average of forty percent longer. As with all squash balls, the Max needs to be warmed up before use, and this is usually done by hitting it firmly a number of times against the back wall of the court. I've found that due to its larger size, this particular ball takes longer to warm up than Dunlop's regular balls - a full warm up is necessary, as the ball will only have the potential to reach its maximum bounce when at optimum temperature.
Using the Ball
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In practice, for a beginner, the Max is a great ball to use - not only does it bounce around twice as high as the pro ball, but I also find that its blue (rather than green) coloring makes it easier to see. Essentially, players who are new to the game will have a lot longer to think about the type of shot that they want to play, and therefore more time in which to get their body in the correct position to hit it. As someone who regularly uses the pro ball when I play Squash, I actually find it difficult to revert back to the Max - as it's just so slow - I don't expect to have as much time to dwell on the ball as the Max provides!
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Although the Dunlop Max isn't essential for a beginner squash player, I would suggest that it's good for the development of a new player's tactical side of the game - rather than having to worry straight away about technique and fitness, the beginner will have time to focus on shot placement. I've found that these particular balls can last a long time before they split, and when I used to use them, the would last an average of two to three months.