Squash: Saffron Walden tournament handicaps are proving a great leveller

PUBLISHED: 09:30 06 February 2014 | UPDATED: 09:30 06 February 2014

Saffron Walden Squash Club’s handicap tournament started last week.

Four rounds must be played over six weeks to find the winner.

It always proves to be a popular tournament with 16 members entered, ranging from the best players in the club to the enthusiastic but not so skilled.

The handicap gives everybody involved an opportunity to play different opponents of varying abilities on a level playing field. Already several higher ranked players have been well beaten.

George Atterbury, the squash coach at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre, said: “Playing handicapped matches requires patience and careful ball placing, particularly when you are giving away a significant handicap like 12-15 points a game. The skill of the better player is not to make mistakes, placing the ball deep and stretching your opponent.”

He added: “These types of tournaments are causing a resurgence of interest in squash.

“It remains one of the few energetic and aerobic sports that you can play in less than an hour for a few pounds. Even better you can take out the frustrations of the day by beating the little black ball against the wall.”

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