How To Play Squash
Learning how to play squash is a great way to stay in shape because it is a fast paced and physically demanding game. Good squash players work up a serious sweat so utilizing a good cardiovascular program is needed to become proficient at the game.
To play squash, you will need:
- A squash facility
- Another player
- Squash rackets
- Squash ball
- The ball. Before learning how to play squash, you should know about the color coded system used to identify the balls. Squash balls are are assembled for various traits including altitude and the temperature of your court. Look at the ratings label on the package before purchase. Low to Super Low balls are for the more experienced players while the Average to Very High squash ball ratings are for beginners. A squash ball rated low will not bounce as easily which makes it harder for a beginner to keep it in play.
- Serve. You have to start learning how to play squash by learning how to serve. The first rule is you must have one foot in your outlined box or quarter when serving. Notice the two lines on the wall in front of you? You must serve between these lines and the squash ball must land in the opposing player's quarter for a legal serve.
- Game play. The opposing player may now either step forward to return the volley or allow the squash ball to bounce once before returning it. One of the keys to keeping competitive is to remember to return to the center of the court which is commonly referred to as the T zone. This spot is coveted because it gives you a prime location to cover your opponent's next shot.
- Score. Whoever reaches eleven first in squash is the winner. A ten to ten tie needs a two point lead to win. Learning how to keep score while playing squash is pretty straightforward once you grow accustomed to the court boundaries which include the boundaries on the side walls. Remember how you serve between the lines? The space below the lower line is known as the tin, and this is also considered out of bounds. A point is won every time the squash ball bounces twice, the squash ball goes out of bounds or whenever a player obstructs or interferes with the other player's ability to return the ball.
Always rally to warm up. This not only works out the kinks in your game but it also warms up the ball.