Squash Racket Consideration
By The Squash Pod
WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN A SQUASH RACKET!
We just happen to love squash as much as you! So we decided to write a blog about what we consider when looking to buy a racket.
Clearly if you are new to the game the price for us has to be the overriding consideration. There is no point in buying the same racket the world number one uses, because guess what you will break it and you will be devastated! Its your money however and you can pay anything from £40.00 to £150
Better to start with a decent entry level racket. No, not the kind of beauty you get given from the local leisure centre, that has had the same grip on since the centre was opened😊, something graphite composite, probably look to spend around the £45.00 mark.
Don’t worry too much about the weight – we really feel it’s a matter of personal preference, but keep the following in mind. Rackets can have typical weight range of anything from around 110 grams, to around 145 grams. The lighter the racket, the more manoeuvrable it will be, which benefits an attacking game. Alternatively, a heavier racket will mean a slower swing, but may help to give more power to the shot. The weight in grams advertised, is the weight of the racket from the factory, without anything on it. This weight is usually labelled on the racket itself, as well as contained in the product description.
There are two types of racket throat which are referred to as open (or ‘teardrop’) and also a closed throat.
- Open throat squash rackets have a larger string-bed area, a larger sweet spot and therefore tend to be more forgiving and offer more power. A lot of the Pros use this shape, but again it is a matter of preference – we say buy what you like. Below is an open throat
- Closed throat rackets have a smaller string-bed and sweet spot and as a general rule will therefore suit a more experienced player looking for enhanced control.
Try not to worry about this, however balance is a matter of preference. Essentially the racket will either be head heavy, head light or balanced. Head heavy means what it says on the tin, most of the racket’s weight is distributed towards the head of the racket. The benefit of this is more power, and helps with getting the ball to the back a bit easier. Head light means the weight is distributed to the opposite end of the racket. The benefit of this is that it allows for a faster more attacking swing. A balanced racket conversely means the balance is based at the centre of the racket. We would encourage players to be aware of this but mainly just to get on court and hit some balls and see what you like.
BEAM (thickness of the shaft)
Racket beam widths tend to be between 16 and 21 mm. This is the thickness of the shaft of your squash racket. Thin widths allow for extra manoeuvrability, and thicker shafts would provide more power and durability, and perhaps piece of mind for the wall banger.
We have already done specific blogs and podcasts about strings check these out for further info.
The main points to consider are that most rackets come strung with a fairly high tension say 26/28 1bs. Most people believe that tight strings means power and loose strings means control, but the opposite is actually true. This again is an absolutely amazing aspect to the game. You should experiment and play around with different tensions. Even consider having a couple of rackets with different tensions. This will help you understand what you play best with in different conditions. The most common string on the market is Ashaway & Technifibre although there are many other great strings out there. Talk to your racket stringer about this, engage with them about it, they will love that.
Find a nice grip for you. There are so many on the market and you should look to change your grip fairly regularly. Most rackets come with fairly standard handle thickness but keep in the mind the bigger the handle the less control you will feel with the racket, so also bear this in mind with how much gripping you put on the racket.