How To Choose a Squash Racket
It can be a very daunting task when it comes to choosing a squash racket as there are so many brands, head size, weight, strings, string patterns and stiffness. Even for the very best of players it can be a difficult task.
We have tried our best to make it easier for you to choose a racket.
The beam width of squash rackets are generally between 16&21mm. Thin beams are for skilled players whereas the thicker beams are for less skilled players.
All squash rackets have the same grip size new. There are a few ways to build the grip up to the correct size for you.
- Replacement grips which is what all rackets come with. These should only be used as the first grip and not on top of another grip.
- Thin replacement grips: which can be put on top of the replacement grip. This will make it quite a bit thicker!
- Overgrips: which go over the replacement grips, and thin replacement grips.
The balance of a racket is very personal, some people like a head heavy racket and some players like an evenly balanced racket. A head heavy racket will give the racket more power.
There are two types of throats, open and closed. A closed throat racket will have a smaller string bed, decreasing the size of the sweet spot.
An open throat racket has a larger string bed, which is more forgiving on off-centre shots as the racket will have a larger sweet spot.
Strings & Stringing Tension
There are 3 different types of string:
- Natural Gut: This string is what most professional players play with, it plays the best with the best feel, it also comes with a high price tag.
- Multifilament: Also known as synthetic gut, this is the most popular string as it plays well, similarly to natural gut, but last longer.
- Monofilament: This is used by players who break strings regularly as it is a very tough string. But it comes with its downsides as well, there is less feel and comfort. These are mainly used as the main strings with a synthetic gut across.
They are used for strings to be threaded through. Prince and Wilson have made rackets with larger holes, these allow the strings to have more freedom to move, thus increasing the size of the sweet spot.
Squash rackets vary in weight between 110g & 160g. Lighter weight rackets are great for more manoeuvrability and fast movement. You get more power with heavier rackets, but these are harder to move around quickly. A few years ago, the fashion was to go for lighter and lighter rackets. We think that the optimum weight is around 130-140 grams.