Depending on where you are on your squash journey, choosing the right equipment will be important for success as using age and stage appropriate equipment will mean better results in a shorter time. All you need to play squash is a racket, a ball and some comfortable sports clothing. Items vary in price depending on their quality and can be purchased at some squash clubs, major sports retailers and on the web. Apart from that bring a water bottle and a towel – squash can be thirsty, sweaty fun!
These are a slightly different shape to a tennis racquet, a bit longer and a bit lighter. There are a number of online retailers you can buy a decent one from, but we’d recommend checking out one of the local Pro Shops that can be found at some Squash Clubs so you can test them out first and get an expert opinion.
Squash balls are unique in that they need hitting for a few minutes until they 'warm up'. It is important to choose the right ball for your skill level so that the ball stays warm and lively. The larger, bouncier balls will allow you more time to get a rally going and will help you develop the correct technique. There are different types of squash ball:
- Pro (double yellow dot) – has the lowest bounce and is most suitable for advanced players
- Competition (single yellow dot) – is the same size as the Pro but has a 10% longer hang time and is most suitable for intermediate players.
- Progress – is 6% larger and has a 20% longer hang time than the Pro. Is most suitable for developing players.
- Intro – is 12% larger and has a 40% longer hang time than the Pro. Is most suitable for beginners.
- Blue – is even bigger and bouncier and the Intro. Is most suitable for those who want a slower pace.
Clothing and footwear
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in that allows you to move around the court; and shoes that will give you adequate foot support. Some clubs and facilities may ask you to wear non-marking rubber soles that don’t leave marks on the court.
While eye injuries are rare in squash, you may wish to wear protective eyewear on court. This particularly applies when playing doubles and in junior squash where eye protection is mandatory in competition.