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Is squash much more dangerous than tennis?

This article places squash on its list of sports with the highest risk of joint injury, while it places tennis on its list of lowest risk sports. Assuming proper protective equipment is worn (e.g. ...
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Why do racket-sport games end with an odd number of points?

Why do the rules for several sports dictate that a player has to score an odd number of points to win the game? Table tennis: 11 points (previously 21) Badminton: 21 points (previously 7, 11 or 15) ...
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Can I bounce the ball before serving in squash?

In squash, while serving, can I drop the ball on the floor from my hand and then hit for the serve on the bounce? Or is it mandatory to release the ball from the hand and directly hit it from the ...
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What portion of tension reduction in a racket happens through play?

Basically, I'm curious whether a racket that's sitting idle will lose tension as quickly as one which is being regularly played with. The concrete sport in question is badminton, though I suspect ...
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Why don't professional squash players give hard serves?

I find it odd that in Squash championships, players don't put much energy into the serve. It seems to me that their serve is about half the speed of their fast shots during the game. Is there any rule ...
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Can I return a squash serve on the volley?

When my opponent is serving in squash, if I want to return the serve, can I volley this ball back to them? That is, without the ball hitting the floor (opponent serves > front wall > I volley the ball ...
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Squash: Is there a 'correct' flow to a game?

I see pro squash players, in a match, making many repetitive shots along the side wall, cycling in and out of position. At times, it almost looks like they're doing a drill, not actually trying to win ...
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Dealing with excessive sweat in the hands while playing squash

I started playing squash again after several years of hiatus. It is great fun but one thing that really bothers me is that my old and faithful racket slips in my hand during some occasions. This is ...
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What is a gentle reminder to a squash opponent to stop an ongoing evaluation?

Although the question applies to many sports, I'm seeking an answer in the particular context of the rules and culture of squash. Is the answer formally specified in the competition rules of squash? ...
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Going off balance and not making an attempt to hit during serve in squash. Is it a fault?

In squash, after throwing the ball in the air, the serving player becomes off balance and makes no attempt to strike the ball. Is this a fault?
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What are the obstruction rules in squash?

I've been struggling to find anywhere that speaks in detail of the rules of obstruction in squash. How close does the player have to be to the squash ball for it to be considered obstruction? Is it ...
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Prevent goggles from fogging

I play squash and sweat a lot. I wear protective goggles. The fogging is very inconvenient, and impairs significantly my vision by the 3rd game usually. Is there any tip/recommendation to minimize ...
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Differences between stroke and let

I was checking up on some squash rules and realised that I have never really grasped the difference between stroke and let in squash. Especially if there is no dedicated ref, how do you go about ...
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Does the ball hitting the sidewall reset the bounce?

The ball hits the front wall then takes a bounce and then hits the sidewall. Is the ball allowed to take another bounce before being returned? Essentially the concept is that after hitting a wall ...
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How to handle a squash match, as a very-nearsighted athlete?

I am nearsighted, such that everything would be opaque without glasses and I can not play squash, practically. I've lived with the glasses over 20 years in daily life without any problem, but now ...
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How to benefit from playing a racquet game with a player on a much lower level?

Suppose you're teaching a beginner how to play (let's concentrate on various racquet games for that matter). Do you have some tips on how the more experienced player can also benefit on some level ...
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Is there any difference between badminton and squash shoes?

I'm asking because I didn't find any answer on the Internet, even on the sites dedicated to these sports.
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In squash, can a ball hit the sidewall after striking with the front wall in serve?

In a serve, a ball must hit the front wall first, and then it should fall into the opponent's half. But before falling into opponent's half, if the ball touches the side wall, will the serve be ...
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What are different types of serve strategies in squash?

I am quite new to playing squash. As I watch professional matches on YouTube, I notice quite a few different types of serves. As the title states, what are the different types of serve strategies in ...
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Why don't pro squash players wear protective goggles?

So I was watching some youtube clips of top squash players playing and I noticed that none of them wear goggles. Why is this? You'd think at that level, where it's so competitive and they're hitting ...
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What are importance technical differences between a squash forehand and a tennis forehand?

I have played tennis for about 10 years, and am a beginner at squash. What are the key differences between hitting a forehand squash shot and a forehand tennis shot, that I should be aware of as I ...
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Can a let become a stroke after a 360° turn?

It is well known that if a player turns 360 degrees to hit the ball at the back wall then they may call a let for safety reasons, or play on and risk a stroke against them if they hit the opponent. ...
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Double Handed Racket Usage

Is it allowed to play a racket game, like badminton or squash or tennis or table tennis, both left or right handed at the same time? So, if the ball or shuttle is played towards the backhand side, ...
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How can I practice to get my squash shots closer to the wall?

When playing squash, sometimes I can get my forehand and backhand shots to go straight and close to the wall. Other times, I get the timing slightly off, and they either go away from the wall, or ...
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What demographic plays squash the most?

I don't know anyone that plays squash so I wanted to know among what demographic it is most popular.
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Could someone explain the "let" rule in squash?

According to this site "(b) A Let shall be allowed: ... (iii) If an otherwise good return has been made, but the ball goes out on its first bounce. " I'm not entirely sure what this means. Could ...
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Pros and cons of backhand serve in squash

What are the pros/cons of backhand serve in squash, in comparison to "regular" underhand serve?
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Squash Raquet Grommet Strip

I have been playing squash for several years now and gone through several racquets, a Wilson, a Black Knight, and now a Dunlop. My friend has had a Dunlop racquet for the last few years as well. He ...
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How do doubles squash rules vary from singles rules?

When playing doubles squash, what are the rules that vary from the singles rules? For Example: Do players in the team have to hit the ball alternately, or can either player hit the ball? Does a team ...
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Are overhead (tennis-like) serves allowed in squash?

When I watch others play squash (in-real-life or on youtube) I never see them serve what I refer to as over-the-head, much like the serves in tennis. I wonder if there is a reason for that. Is it so ...
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What to look for in a new squash racket

Yesterday I broke my squash racket with a particularly ill-placed split second reaction near the wall. So now I need a new racket. What should I pay attention to when buying one? The racket I had was ...
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Achieving the optimal strike in squash: Is the wrist involved at all?

I am a sports enthusiast who has tried out many ball sports through-out my life with years of training in football (read: "soccer" if you are American) and basketball, as well as many hours of ...
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Is it legal in racket sports to pass the racket from one hand to the other?

Can you hit with different hands during the same point? set? match? Also, is racket throwing authorised?
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Squash - what is wrong with my grip?

Whenever I hit the ball hard especially when I miss the sweet spot my racket is dislodged slightly in my hand. The problem is intensified when my hand becomes sweaty and the accuracy of my shots ...
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