How to select the right shoes for squash
Squash is a fast paced, intensely physical ball sport that involves a lot of sprinting ,turning and running that has been played for hundreds of years( as early as 1830). It is a sport that requires speed, flexibility, power, stability and fitness. It therefore goes without saying that a great squash player knows that in order to get all these attributes, he needs the best equipment he can get his hands on, whether squash ball or squash rackets or shoes or goggles. However, the difference between a good squash player and a great squash player is in their shoe selection. Among all the equipment a player needs, trainers are by far the most crucial component equipment he or she should consider when making a purchase.
Why Do You Need To Select The Right Shoes?
- To prevent injuries such as tendonitis, splints and blistering. Did you know that it is statistically proven and documented that most of the injuries that players get while on court are due to a poor choice of their shoes? Squash is no exemption from this. Most injuries occur in the lower limb region, that is to say the calf, knee joint, ankle joint and the feet. Choosing the right shoe will dramatically decrease your chances of injury. Try it and I guarantee that you won’t believe it.
- To enhance your performance. While athletes have their growth hormones, anabolic steroids and gene doping drugs, squash players only need a great pair of shoes to enhance their performance.
Things To Consider When Buying Your Squash Shoes
You need to choose a shoe that fits you perfectly. Do not pick a shoe that is too loose or too tight. An extremely tight shoe, your toes will have no space to stretch in and no room to breathe and you will end up with sore and painful toes. On the other hand, choosing a shoe that is loose will limit your speed and stability on the court. So how do you know that a shoe is your perfect fit? Before trying the shoe, ensure you have run a lap or two because your legs will be a little swollen. In addition to this, try the shoe with your sports socks on. This will give you an idea of the fit that is best suited for your size and type of feet.
Health care professionals say that shock absorption is extremely necessary in order to dissipate the kinetic energy that enters the player’s body during the movements of the game. If there was nothing to absorb the shock, it would lead to wearing away of your joints. Bearing in mind the many movements a squash player has to make, it is therefore very important to choose a shoe with maximum shock absorbing capability. Having a shoe with great shock absorption also makes the player feel comfortable.
Every sport, from football to basketball has its own set of unspoken rules. There are things you can and can’t do. As a squash player, it is considered etiquette if you have non marking shoes to avoid damaging the court. It is also considered etiquette if you don’t use your everyday outdoor shoes as your squash shoes as they may dirty the courts
Stability And Support
Squash is characterized by a lot of movements; fast turns and sprints. It is therefore necessary to find a shoe that will give you a well planted feel during these movements. Imagine having a shoe that gives you absolutely no support as you play? You want to hit the ball but your shoes just won’t let you. It would be very frustrating. Therefore, when purchasing a squash shoe, jog a little in it to get an idea of how good it is at providing the much required stability.
As earlier mentioned, squash is a game that is fast paced and as such, you need to select a shoe that you can freely move about in and not a shoe that will decrease your speed on the court. By now you are familiar with the fact that speed is of essence is the game of squash. If you are at the store trying out a shoe and you find that it is too heavy on your foot, leave it and look for something different. Most preferably look for a light shoe, a shoe that when you wear you don’t even realize you have it in because it’s as light as a feather. Imagine having a really bulky and heavy shoe, as heavy as timber lands, and expecting to move around with them on the court. It would be an exercise in futility much like convincing a guy that celibacy is the best way to go in the 21st century.
Age And Gender
I felt that I should include these two points here although they are quite obvious points (but what’s obvious to me may not necessarily be obvious to someone else). Squash is not a game for the old or the young or for the females or males, so while choosing a squash shoe it is important to have age and gender in mind.
Lastly, you need to find a shoe that you are comfortable in. You might find a shoe with the best shock absorbing properties, the best stability, support and maneuverability but is just not comfortable to you. You cannot sacrifice comfort in order to have all these other qualities. Every sportsman and woman will tell you that playing in a shoe that is uncomfortable simply because it gives you speed is the most uncomfortable feeling a player could ever have.
I would personally recommend the following shoes for the ultimate squash ball experience;
- ASICS Gel Rocket 8
- The head grid 2.0 low men’s shoe
- The Ektelon NFS classic II low shoe
- The Dunlop ultimate tour shoe
- The python deluxe low shoe
- The Wilson KAOS low shoe