In the (not especially exciting) world of squash ball manufacture, Dunlop are the brand that most people have come to accept as the market leader, producing balls which are used throughout the professional and amateur game. That said, there are other brands of squash ball available, for example Karakal and Wilson Staff - the latter is the subject of today's review.
I purchased twelve of the Wilson Staff balls for just over a pound each - a price which I feel is very reasonable when compared to the pricier Dunlop alternative.
The Squash Ball Dot System
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If you're unfamiliar with the sport of squash, squash balls have a bounce and speed rating in the form of a small yellow dot. The standard 'Competition' ball has a single yellow spot and is aimed at the intermediate player, wheras the 'Pro' ball has a double yellow spot and is less bouncy. I usually use the double spot offering (not because i'm a pro... far from it...), but because I find it produces a faster-paced and more exciting game.
The Wilson Staff Squash Ball in Play
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After using Wilson Staff squash balls for a couple of months, i've found them to be much better than expected. They're quick to warm up, achieving the correct temperature to begin play within around five minutes, and during the game they have a consistent bounce and speed. Regarding longevity I have no complaints either - the balls i've used haven't split or degraded - the logo does wear off after a while, but then that's to be expected.
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Overall I would certainly recommend the Wilson Staff double yellow spot squash ball as a high performing and reliable sporting product. To be honest, there's very little to choose between this and the Dunlop alternative, so i'll certainly be buying these again.