To play squash, you just need a racket, a ball, and some comfortable sports clothing. You may decide to purchase eyewear to protect your eyes, which is mandatory in junior competition. Items vary in price depending on their quality and can be purchased at squash clubs, major retailers and on the web.
There are many different brands, sizes and weights available, but as a rule, squash rackets tend to have a long handle and a small head, while racketball rackets have a large head. Prices start from as little as £10 and it’s worth visiting a shop with a selection of rackets to get a feel for what size and weight are right for you.
It’s important to choose the right ball, as it’ll have an impact on your enjoyment. More advanced balls are less bouncy and take more time to warm up. The larger, bouncier balls will allow you more time to get a rally going and will help you develop the correct technique. There are four types of squash ball:
- Pro balls are used by elite players and feature distinctive double yellow dot marking
- Competition balls are ideal for regular/club level players and have a single yellow dot
- Progress balls are for improving or recreational players. Slightly larger, with more bounce, these are plain black
- Mini squash balls are larger and bouncier so good for beginners and are black with a blue dot. For racketball, there are two types of ball – blue balls are slightly bouncier so best for beginners while black balls are more suitable for experienced players.
Clothing and shoes
It’s not all whites and headbands! Best to wear comfortable, athletic clothing that allows you to run around court. Some leisure providers and clubs may ask you to wear non-marking rubber soles that don’t leave marks on the court.
While eye injuries are rare in squash and racketball, 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.