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.
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.
There are 3 different types of string:
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.