What are the origins of Squash?
Yes! The racquet skills and hand-eye coordination needed for tennis, racquetball, table tennis, badminton, or any other racquet sport will be helpful in squash. And athletes that play one can play the other without harm. Just ask Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Novak Djokovic, who are accomplished squash players and also play a little tennis on the side for money.
This is the biggest difference between racquetball and squash Racquetball uses a large hard bouncy ball, and squash has a small, soft “dead” ball (it doesn’t bounce).
Racquetball has squat short-handled racquets vs. squash’s long-handled versions.
The squash court is 1 foot wider and 10 feet shorter. However, the bigger court difference is in the rules. A ball is never “out” in a racquetball court, whereas in a squash court the very bottom of the front wall “the tin” is out – as is the ceiling, and above 15 feet on the front wall and 7 feet on the back wall.
In Squash, you can lob or drop the ball (short shot that stays in the front of the court) whereas in racquetball neither of those shots are very effective. In racquetball the ball tends to come back to you sooner or later and so it’s about overpowering low shots. Despite the smaller court, squash is usually more physically demanding as you have to go get the ball vs. the ball the ball coming back to you in racquetball.
Squash is the greatest sport on earth. It just is. And you can’t argue about it because you’ve probably never played it. Worse, it’s hard as hell to find a place to play, which is why we launched The Manhattan Community Squash Center (and 99 more facilities to come, courtesy of our parent non-profit, The Squash Center). Our friends over at Public Squash feel the same way and launched a public (free) court in Hamilton Fish Park in New York City. In doing so they took the game back to it’s outdoor roots. Once we open our doors in the spring of 2019, we’ll offer free beginner clinics on the weekends so that you can drop by and see if you like squash.
We’ll also offer deeply discounted initial month trial membership so that you can see if you like it and get addicted like we have. Once you’ve tried our unlimited monthly trial you are officially allowed to argue with us about whether or not squash is the best sport in the known universe. Until then, you’ll have to trust us: it is!