Guide: How often should you change squash balls?
How long does a squash ball last?
This question is one of those that often comes up with many newer players and exercisers around clubs and centers. Many people are surprised by the answer, which is that, as a rule of thumb, you should replace your squash ball after 3-5 games. Elite players change balls after each match.
What is the difference between a new and a used squash ball?
A new ball is very rough in it, while a ball that has been played with for example for a month will be completely smooth. The worn ball will thus slide much more on the floor and the game will change drastically. It becomes very difficult to hit the hard flat shots as the ball does not grip the floor at all and thus "shoots" flat across the floor. Since many players' initial problem is that the duels do not always last as long as they should, playing with a worn ball will only exacerbate this problem. In addition, a worn ball's projection from the front wall can also change significantly and become more unstable over time.
When players joke that a ball is very worn, they often call it a mirror, as it shines much more than a new one due to its smooth surface. Top players could never think of playing with such a worn ball, as it will completely ruin the match.
How to tell when it is time to change the squash ball?
The best way to know when to switch is by looking or feeling the ball; when the rough surface is gone, then it's high time to change. Likewise, the black surface has become lighter gray due to dirt.
A new ball can be purchased for approx. DKK 25. If you change balls regularly, we can almost guarantee you a better experience on the squash court.
Overview of different types/levels of squash balls
- Two yellow dots: For elite and tournament players
- A yellow dot: For the experienced
- A red dot: For the more advanced
- A blue piece: For beginners
- A white ball with a yellow dot: For use on glass courts. Corresponds to two yellow dots.