Squash is a great racket sport which has been voted by Forbes magazine as the healthiest sport and anyone who walks off a squash court after a match will attest to what a great workout it gives your body.
Squash is played around the world by both male & female players of all ages. The sport of squash is played indoors and can be played as singles matches(1 player vs 1 player) and doubles(2 players vs 2 players). The basic equipment used is a squash racket and a squash ball which has a diameter of between 39.5mm – 40.5mm. For a more comprehensive list of squash equipment & recommendations take a look at our article on all the Squash Gear you could need.
Squash has always been an awesome sport to play, but has had it’s limitations in terms of a spectator sport. The number of spectators watching squash has increased due to the construction of glass squash courts. These courts allows spectators to have a much better view. The use of white squash balls also make it easier for spectators to keep track of the ball. This has resulted in some international tournaments being televised. This has assisted in making the sport more popular and thus introducing more new players to the sport.
We answer all the most frequently asked questions so that you have all the information you need to be the best player you can be.
Squash Frequently Asked Questions
How Big Is A Squash Court?
Squash courts for singles play have the following dimensions:
A length of 9.75 meters (31.99 feet), the width is 6.4 meters (20.99 feet) and the floor-to-ceiling height must be at least 5.64 meters (18.5 feet).
The dimensions of a doubles squash court are as follows:
A length of 9.75 meters (31.99 feet), its width is 7.62 meters (25 feet) and the floor-to-ceiling height must be at least 7.31 meters (23.98 feet).
How Many Points In A Squash Game?
Usually a match will be in a best-of-five games format. So to win a squash match, you must win three games.
Each game is played to 11 points. The first player to 11 wins the game. If the game becomes tied at 10-10, it’s “win by 2”. The first person to go ahead by 2 points wins the game.
Squash is point-a-rally (or PAR), which means you win a point every time you win a rally.
Can You Play Doubles In Squash?
Yes you can play doubles in squash. Either 2 males or 2 females per team or mixed doubles of 1 male and 1 female in a team.
How Long Does A Squash Game Last?
For beginners, squash matches usually last about twenty minutes, for club players forty minutes, and for professionals between sixty and ninety minutes.
How Fast Does A Squash Ball Go?
The world record speed for a squash ball is 176 mph. It is not uncommon to reach speeds of 100mph or close to that.
How Many Calories Are Burned Playing Squash?
It depends on your weight and the amount of time you spend playing squash to determine how many calories you burn.
If you weigh 150 pounds and play squash for 45 minutes you’ll burn around 392 calories. Weigh 180 pounds and play for 45 minutes would be about 470 calories burnt and 200 pounds for 45 minutes would result in approximately 523 calories burnt.
Can I Play Squash Alone?
The sport of squash can be practiced alone, but it requires at least 2 players to play a match.
Has Squash Ever Been An Olympic Sport?
Unbelievably, squash has never been an Olympic sport.
Can You Play Squash With A Tennis Racket?
A tennis racket should not be used to play squash because it is much heavier and can cause injuries to your wrists and shoulders. Using a tennis racket would also sap your stamina much faster, and would make hitting a ball difficult.
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