Playing squash a lot harder than it looks

I’ve tried my hand at many different sports over the years, but one athletic endeavour I hadn’t had a chance to take part in was squash.
I’m not sure why that is to, be honest with you, as it’s always something I’ve wanted to try but never have.
In fact, there are a few courts at a facility in my hometown of Sault Ste. Marie that my friends and my younger brother have played at on a number of occasions, but those all occurred since I moved here to Fort Frances.
So, as I was busy taking photos and talking about the upcoming NHL draft at the squash courts at the Memorial Sports Centre last Thursday evening, I decided to bite the bullet and take to the court for the first time.
As the glass door closed behind me, and I went out to play against Ryan Brady and Spencer Pearce, the only thing I was worried was having the ball take an odd bounce off one of the walls and smack me right in the face.
Or even worse, it could go lower and smash right off of . . . well, let’s call them the “Nathan MacKinnons” in case any kids are reading this.
That didn’t turn out to be a problem at all, but my biggest issue came with actually trying to connect on a serve.
“Lucas, you’re going too early on your swing. You need to follow through this way,” my playing partners said.
“Okay, I’ll try going slower and following through better,” I replied.
That scene played out time and time again as I tried to get the ball and racquet to connect on my serve attempts. And although I eventually succeeded in my attempts, you might have been able to make and eat a ham sandwich by the time the ball made contact with the back wall.
While my serving left a lot to be desired, I actually was surprised as to how quickly I was able to figure out how the ball would bounce off the wall and where it was going to end up.
Obviously, there are lot of parallels to the sport of tennis when you are playing squash for the first time. But I found things a little more compact inside the four walls of the court—and that made things a lot more interesting.
In fact, I actually dove for a ball at the front of the court at one point and made a nice backhand shot to get it.
The only problem with that was that I had a lovely scrap on my right knee as a result of that play, but I think it was worth it to get the point.
By the time my time out on the court had wrapped up, I already had put on quite a sweat. But I already was looking forward to trying things out again at some point in the future.
If you have the opportunity to visit the squash courts, which plays host to a men’s night every Thursday at 6:30 p.m., feel free to do so.
Not only will you get a grasp of things rather quickly, but those who have played the game for a number of years will be right there to help you out and give you advice on how to play better.
Plus, you might see this reporter out there as I attempt to figure out how exactly to get a proper serve down.