Double yellows kill the game so try different colours!
By NICK TAYLOR
In my opinion 90% of squash players are using the wrong ball. It drives me mad watching amateur and junior players using double yellow dots, having pointless two-shot rallies, not having to use skill, technique or tactical awareness, and coming off the court colder than they went on!
This is something I am very passionate about. At 17 I turned professional and was based at the Village Club at Hyde in Cheshire, coached and mentored by the great John LeLievre.
During our very first individual session he threw me a red dot ball and told me I had to use this in my solo practices every morning. At first I couldn’t even control 10 over-hit drives, but within a few months my ball control went through the roof!
My technique improved and I started using it in my pairs practise and matches. This led to longer rallies, longer matches, I had to slow the swing down for touch and feel, and learn to use the strings!
I only use red and blue dot squash balls on my development programme in Jersey now. I still use double yellows at the right time and for the right session.
Please don’t get mistaken by the Dunlop Red and Blue (intro and progress) not good! They are the wrong size and too heavy, in my opinion.
I have just started using a new brand of ball from Eye (pictured) and they even do a pink dot… which I am going to try soon…brilliant thinking!
I have got seven-year-olds having 30-shot rallies with these balls, having time to think about where they are placing the ball, giving them a chance to get the ball back, having to slow the swing down and use the racket face and strings more.
Most importantly, they are loving the game and telling their friends!
Richard Millman’s article on single dot balls has attracted more comments than any other article published on Squash Mad. Nick’s article moves the issue forward, so please share your views below.