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If you have read many of my previous reviews you will know that I am a big sports fan. I play pretty much every sport going and really enjoy doing so. One of the sports I don't tend to play that is often is squash. It's probably the racquet sport that I least enjoy. However, quite a few of my friend enjoy squash, so every now and again I do give them a game. One thing that makes a big difference in squash is the ball you use. It's not just a case of turning up and using any old ball. There are different types of ball that play differently, some will bounce more than others and some will make for a faster game. The ball that I normally use when I do play squash is this one, the Dunlop Pro Squash Ball.
The one I have used is the double yellow dot ball, to be perfectly honest I'm not really sure how the dots work. I know there is a blue dot ball you can use as well and probably a few more. The colour of the dot supposedly tells you what kind of ball you are playing with. Anyway, the yellow dot balls that I use seem pretty good. I have played with another ball and so I do have something to compare the Dunlop Pro ball to. I would say the Dunlop ball is the best I've used.
When playing with the Dunlop ball I found that it did what it should. By that I mean it bounced consistently, it flew straight and true and there were never any surprising moments where the ball did something it should not have. Squash balls don't always tend to last that long, if you have played the sport you will know just how intense it can be and the balls really do take a beating. So given time, general wear and tear means that balls can split and wear out pretty fast. The Dunlop Pro ones seem very durable, although they certainly don't last forever, they seem to hold up pretty well even when playing a really intense game of squash. This obviously makes them a good value ball as you won't have to replace them very often.
The ball comes in black as you would expect and you can pick up a pack of three of these balls for around £7. That makes them quite expensive compared to some other squash balls on the market, but as I mentioned, they are very durable so even though you may pay a little more, you really do get your moneys worth with these squash balls.
Overall I would have to say that the Dunlop Pro Squash Ball really is an excellent little piece of sports kit. It does everything you would want a good quality ball to do. It's last a long time, feels like a really well made piece of equipment and is the kind of ball you would not be surprised to see the pros using. So if you do enjoy a good game of squash every now and again, get yourself a pack of the Dunlop Pro balls and I am sure you will be impressed with them, just as I have been.
I feel exhausted! Just got in after a long game of squash with my brother, and NO I did not win!
I decided to write this review, as it occurred to me during the game that I should write a review on Dunlop Pro squash balls as our squash ball split during the game! This might sound like a bad thing, but it is common for squash balls to do this eventually, and it highlighted to me how good these balls actually are!
I originally bought a pack of 3 Dunlop Pro squash balls last August from Sports Direct in the Potteries shopping centre in Hanley. I paid £3:99 for 3 double yellow spotted balls which at the time I thought was a very good price.
The balls come in a bright white and yellow cardboard box, and when the box is opened up there is an instant smell of fresh rubber, as the balls are removed from the box.
The balls are black in colour, and have the Dunlop 'D' symbol in the centre of the ball in white lettering. Above the 'D' is the word 'pro' and below the 'D' it says WSF.PAS.WISPA which relates to the organisations which use these balls as their official playing ball at all times (World Squash Federation, Professional Squash Association and Women's International Squash Players Association). On the opposite side of the ball are 2 bright yellow coloured spots which indicate that the balls have a 'slow' playing speed, and a 'very low' bounce, and so they are designed for experienced players.
The balls are of a really good quality, and are engineered with N-1SR³ construction technology, an elastic hydrocarbon polymer with 12 compounds to create a unique construction material that delivers unparallelled durability and playability. This gives the ball a great reliable bounce which can be predicted each time, with no flat spots or signs of deterioration of shape.
Also available in the Dunlop squash ball range are the Dunlop competition balls which are very similar, but just have the single yellow dot, and the bright blue dunlop max balls which are designed for new players, as the balls are blue dotted (fast speed and very high bounce), and so are easier to play with as they give the players more time to think out their shot and more time to get into position to hit the ball correctly.
I must have had at least 30 games of squash out of the first ball that I used from the pack, until it eventually split on me this morning, which is fantastic value for money in my opinion. The poor little thing had been smashed around the court for many hours in total, along with occasionally getting stood on, and so it was time for it to give in, and pass the baton on to the second ball from the 3 pack, which will hopefully last me just as long!
As mentioned above these balls cost me £3:99 for 3, but they can also be purchased in a pack of 12 for anyone who plays constantly and gets through their balls quickly, but to be honest a pack of 12 would probably last me about 10 years!!
Thanks for reading.
Copyright © l500589 2011
As a regular squash player I've sampled many makes and varieties of squash ball over the years, yet I always find myself returning to Dunlop's offerings. This is not only because Dunlop is seen as the premier squash ball manufacturer, but also because Dunlop balls are hardwearing and reliable. Dunlop Make a variety of balls, each one tailored to suit a different experience level. The 'Max' ball is aimed at the beginner - it's blue in colour and bigger than the regulation size - it also has a higher bounce, and therefore is easier to hit. The standard 'Competition' ball is black in colour and has a single yellow spot - this one is predominantly used by the club players and features a lower bounce. The most difficult ball to play with (and the subject of today's review) is the 'Pro' ball which has a double yellow marking and is the least bouncy of the lot.
Price & Availability
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The cheapest way to purchase your Dunlop Pro Balls is in the form of the twelve pack which can be picked up from Sports Direct for £15.99 (Dunlop's 'official' RRP is actually £39.99), so paying roughly £1.33 a ball is by no means bad. From Amazon, Pro Balls normally cost £10 for a three ball tube, although they are currently selling two for £2.99 while stocks last.
Using the Balls
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Like all squash balls, you'll need to warm up your Dunlop Pros before use, by hitting them firmly against the back wall of the court until they're reached their required temperature. Once warmed, I've found that these balls have a consistency of bounce and speed - essential if you take your squash seriously. In terms of their longevity, Dunlop Pro Balls (and in fact Dunlop balls in general), are arguably the toughest that you can get. After a while, squash balls have a tendency to split, resulting a low bounce - and with the cheaper balls splitting can sometimes occur after only a few sessions. In my experience I've found that the Dunlop variety are tough cookies - in fact, i've been using the same Dunlop Pro ball for the last four months; impressive considering the fact that I play squash at least once a week.
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Nowadays I *only* use Dunlop Pro balls, they last a long time and ultimately offer very good value for money; because of this there's no reason for me to switch to another brand - highly recommended.