As anyone who’s ever been drilled by one knows, squash balls can travel quickly. But how quickly, exactly?
The world record was set in 2014 by Cameron Pilley. A serve by the tall Australian was clocked at 176 mph, beating his previous record of 175 mph set in 2011.
That’s 11mph faster than the world record for a tennis serve.
Both tennis and squash balls are positively sloth-like when compared with badminton, however, with the record speed of a shuttlecock measured at 306 mph.
Watermelon in Winnipeg
Still, getting hit by a squash ball stings badly, as Pilley demonstrated himself when he drove a powerful forehand into his brother’s back for a ‘fun’ video. .
“It was a fun thing to do,” he confessed when he was asked to recreate the deed on a watermelon at a tournament in Winnipeg.
“He thought it was a good idea at the time, and I asked him about 15 times if he was sure he was going to do this. And he said he’ll go along with it. And next thing you know, he’s got a hole in his back.”