New Scoring 'Stinks'



Jonah Barrington, six times British Open Champion, Britain’s greatest ever squash player, and regarded as one of the sport’s ‘Greats’ has, after keeping his own counsel for some time, today come out and publicly denounced the new PSA scoring system to 11.

When I first heard the news, I genuinely thought it was some kind of joke and a poor one at that.

Sadly it was not and very shortly the men’s pro game will furnish the squash world with yet another scoring system – PAR to 11. The Professional Squash Association (PSA) Chief Executive, Gawain Briars, has said that the core elements of the game will be retained. That of course is arrant drivel.

There have been two substantially successful scoring procedures at the highest level of expertise – the traditional to 9 and PAR to 15. Those have placed similarly unique demands on the technical, physical and mental attributes of the players – only the very few have managed to match up to the requirements at world-class level. PAR to 9, despite currently in place for the UK National and Super Leagues, is merely convenient fodder for evening entertainment, a diverting sop and nothing more.

The arbitrary implementation of PAR to 11 may well be supported by the majority of professionals, although it certainly was not placed before the PSA membership.

It will inevitably, despite the asinine spin, be a neutering, a levelling down to the weaker willed, to the less disciplined, and to those who seek the eternal comfort zone in preparation and play. It will certainly not be a provision for that most singular test of character vividly manifested by so many great players down through the ages.

It is a bastardisation of a wonderfully competitive sport and will not reflect the true characteristics that have made international men’s squash so special and so compelling. It is a disgraceful concept imposed for a host of spurious reasons. Gawain and the PSA Board should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

The whole business simply stinks.

Jonah Barrington


Jonah Barrington


6-time British Open champion


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