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What coloured spots do you have on your balls?
Member Name: cocolgooh
Advantages: lots of variety, not a bad price
Disadvantages: hard to tell who owns which ball when playing against other people
Squash, for those of you who don't know much about this sport, is a racquet sport that is played by two players (or four players if you're playing doubles). It is played in in a four-walled court (often from my experience with one of these walls being made from glass so or with a balcony above the game so that someone can watch the game and check for cheating and such). The ball used in this sport is small, hollow and made from rubber.
As this review is about squash balls in particular, I shall give you some generic details on what squash balls typically are. Squash balls are between 39.5 and 40.5 mm across and weigh 23 to 25 grams. They are made by gluing two pieces of rubber together to form a hollow sphere (or ball!) which is then smoothed down to make a matte finish. Different balls are provided for varying temperature and atmospheric conditions and standards of play, for example the more experienced players are likely to be using slow balls that have less bounce than the balls typically used by less experienced players. This is because slower balls tend to simply stop in court corners, rather than bouncing back up to allow easier shots to be played. Depending on the way the rubber has been put together and the thickness of the rubber, a squash ball has the property that it bounces more at higher temperatures. Small coloured dots on the ball indicate its level of bounciness, and therefore the standard of play for which it is best suited. The recognized speed colours indicating the degree of dynamism are as follows:
An orange dot indicates that the ball is super slow (therefore requiring a bigger force to make it go as far as other balls) and has a super low bounce as well which means that it won't bounce as far as the other balls either, again meaning a greater force is needed to make it go as far. This ball is ideal for play in areas with high altitude.
A double yellow dot indicated that the ball is slow, but not as slow as an orange dotted ball, and has a very low bounce, although it will go further than the orange dotted ball does with the same amount of force. This ball is currently the one which is used most frequently and is seen as the 'average' ball. This ball replaced the previous average in 2000, this being the single yellow dotted ball.
A single yellow dotted ball is slow and has a low bounce, meaning that it was ideal for being used as the average ball before double yellow dot came into play. It wasn't too fast and didn't bounce too far which meant that players still had to work for the game point without having it practically delivered to them on a plate.
The green or white dotted ball is considered to be average because it has a medium/slow speed so there is still some work to be done to reach the ball but not as much as before and it has an average bounce.
The red dotted ball has a medium speed and bounces high which means that it is ideal for people who are not exactly beginners but aren't exactly experts at the game either. Basically, this is probably the ball that could be used by children once they have been playing for a while because they are unlikely to be able to make it from one side of the court to another fast enough to get the ball if one with a slow bounce was used as it wouldn't make it back to them.
The blue dotted ball is for complete beginners, having a fast speed and a very high bounce. This means that the ball will basically come back to the player and go wherever the player is trying to get it to go without too much of a problem. This ball can be good for warming up as well, doing a rally with just one person if you wish to simply practice some shots or something along those lines. Again, this ball is good for children because of the speed and bounce.
I believe when I first started playing squash I played with a red ball and then progressed to green a month or so later but I can't be entirely sure as I was quite young at the time (I think about 6 years old?). I found it quite hard though because I was one of the youngest players there playing against adults and teenagers which was quite hard at times. I think having started with a red ball did help me quite a bit though.
There are many different companies which produce squash balls, including some well known names like Dunlop, Prince and Wilson. I believe the balls I used were Dunlop or Wilson however so I can't be entirely sure about the quality of any other types of balls from other companies. In the time I've been playing squash I've only ever had 2 balls fall apart in play and they were pretty worn when in play so this probably explains why this happened. I think I've only had to buy about 10 packs of balls in the whole time I've been playing as well so this suggests that they last a long time. The main problem I have with balls is that they tend to end up going over the balcony and then kids steal them before you get a chance to get up there to retrieve the ball. This is just typical of the court I play at though. Of course I've had to buy different balls with different bounce and things like that as well though so this wasn't the only cause for needing more balls.
Last time I bought a set of balls I believe they cost me £9.99 for 12 balls which I don't think was too bad considering how long they seem to last me. I play fairly regularly as well so I think they're worth the money every now and then.
Summary: Great sport with a good system of balls
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