step away from the racket

March 10th, 2006

I'm sorry, but squash (also known as racket ball I believe) is a silly sport. I played it once with a person who also hadn't played before and we didn't know what the hell we were doing. We didn't know the rules (are there any?), we were just running around the court like headless chickens, with no purpose to it. Naturally, I thought we were totally messing it up, it's probably nothing like that really. Well, it is. I went to the gym today, and they have squash courts right next to the gym, so I went over there to see how people play squash. Some of them were clearly beginners, some were more advanced. But the way they played was exactly the same as we did. It doesn't look any more clever, it's really just running all around the court. Now tennis, that's different, because it actually makes a lot of sense, there are rules to adhere to and it takes skill to play tennis, it's not merely hitting the ball. But as a kid playing tennis, sometimes I wish I could hit the ball as hard as I possibly could, just for the hell of it. Well, that's squash. But when there isn't much else to the game, it doesn't offer much at all.

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5 Responses to "step away from the racket"

  1. ash says:

    I used to play squash regularly with a friend, and to begin with neither of us knew what we were doing. I finally learnt a lot when I played a much more advanced guy. And no, it's not just hitting the ball as hard as you can.

  2. erik says:

    You were at the gym? Was their coffee on discount?

  3. numerodix says:

    [1] Lemme know next time you guys play, or better yet send me a tape..

    [2] I thought I told you I was going? I had a FREE introductory session.

  4. John/Mikhail says:

    As a physical challenge, squash is far tougher than tenis. I still mostly agree with you though!

  5. numerodix says:

    [4] Oh, surely, tennis is far more economic on movement, more predictable. Squash is more running around. Still, I don't quite get what is so great about it, I was watching two people play yesterday again and there doesn't seem to be much point to it. Perhaps I have my tennis glasses screwed on too tight?