Squash - Equipment
In this chapter we will discuss the equipment used in Squash.
Rackets are used to hit the ball on walls. Previously, wood ash was used to make snowshoes and gut strings were used to make mesh. Now snowshoes are made from boron, Kevlar, graphite or titanium. The strings are made of synthetic material. The length of the racket is 686 mm and the width is 215 mm. The threaded surface is 500 cm2. Maximum racquet weight is 255g but 90-150g weight is preferred.
The balls used in squash have a diameter of 39.5 to 40.5 mm in diameter and a weight from 23 to 25 grams. They are made of two pieces of rubber compound, which are glued together to form a hollow sphere and are polished with a matte finish. Different balls are used depending on the tVariable temperature, weather conditions and standards of the match as well as the level of experience of the players.
Experienced players use balls that give less bounce, while less experienced players use a ball that gives more bounce because slower balls die in the corner rather than bouncing, which allows players to play easier strokes. Based on their rubber compositions, squash balls have the property of bouncing more at high temperature because squash balls are hit so many times at the start of a match to warm them up as cold squash balls do not bounce. not high.
Small colored dots are present in each squash ball to indicate its bounce, thus setting the standard of the match for which it is suitable. The recognized speed colors and their dynamism are -
| Color || Speed || Bounce level || Experience level |
| Double yellow || Extra super slow || Very low || Experienced |
| Yellow || Super slow || Low || Advanced |
| White || Slow || Low || Advanced / Medium |
| Blue || Fast || Very high || Beginner / Junior |
The four different balls based on the color of the dots are -
- Intro (blue dot)
- Progression (red point)
- Competition (yellow point)
- Pro (Double yellow point)
The squash court is a surface game surrounded by four walls. On the floor or court surface there is a front line that separates the front and back of the court.u short. There is a half line at the back of the court that again separates the left back and right back creating totally three parts., Which are: front half, left back quarter and right quarterback . The two rear boxes contain smaller service boxes. Surface marks are only relevant during services.
The court is 9.75 meters long and 6.4 m wide. The height of the court is 5.64m, measured from the court surface. The recommended amount of light is 500 Lux. Based on the rules and regulations, the walls should be really flat with regard to verticality and straightness. In case of floor glass specification, 12mm glass should be used as back walls for safety reasons.
A total of four walls are found in the squash court among which the front wall contains three parallel lines and has the largest play surface while in the case of the back wall, which hasentry of the court, has the smallest playing surface. The contours run on the top of the front wall down around the side walls to the back wall. There are no other marks on the side or the back wall.
Shots that hit on or above the outlines of any of the walls are considered removed. In the case of the front wall, if the ball hits below the bottom line, the ball is considered out. The bottom line marks the top of a l area half a meter high called tin . The center line of the front wall is known as the service line which is only relevant during service.
Players wear comfortable clothing similar to tennis. While men wear shorts and t-shirts, tank tops or polo shirts, women wear dresses, t-shirts, tank tops or sports dresses. The National Institute of Healthrecommends using glasses with polycarbonate lenses for safety reasons.
Many squash venues have required eye protection while some associations also have regulated rules that require all junior and doubles players to wear eye protection.