How can the temperature affect the bounce of squash balls?


Quick Answer

A study of seven different squash balls performed by Cornell University staff member Steve Edgar indicated that the surface temperature of a ball is directly proportionate to the height of its bounce. The height of the bounce may even double or be reduced by half, depending on the surface temperature.

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Surface temperature is dependent on the length of the rally, the number of times the ball is hit and how hard it is struck. However, since squash balls differ in their sensitivity to temperature, not all balls are identically affected by surface temperature increases and decreases. With the same study indicating that inexperienced players tend to play with a lower bounce than skilled players, it is likely that lower-bouncing balls will more negatively impact a beginner than a skilled player in a match pairing the two.

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