6 Important Considerations When Choosing Your Squash Racket
Choosing a squash racket doesn’t need rocket science, but it isn’t a walk in the park either especially if you are just getting started with squash. Most players, just like other consumers, basically consider the price factor only when making a purchase. It eventually turns out to be expensive as they’ll keep on changing the racket when they find out that it’s not suited to their playing style or ability. So why not give it a full consideration once and for all?
When making a choice on racket, there are basically 6 important things to consider; racket construction, balance, weight, skill level, grip shape and beam. Let’s take a dive into each of these factors.
With regard to construction, there are two main types of rackets: the open throat and the closed throat. The first type is good for providing control and stability because of its main strings being shorter. Their string bed and sweet spot are larger thus seems more forgiving. The closed throat racket on the other side have smaller sweet spot and string bed area, and as such suits players that are more experienced. However, there are squash experts who prefer the open throat rackets, but it is rare to find beginners starting with the closed throat type.
Squash rackets are considered evenly balanced, head-heavy or head-light, so it’s often a matter of personal preference when it comes to choice. The head-light type provide great maneuverability if making flick shots and quick volleys, though they can be a bit harder to control at higher speed. Evenly balanced rackets are good for providing maneuverability or a faster swing and still assist generate more power. Head-heavy types are easier to control at higher speed. Typically, most pros like the head-heavy rackets. However, since games have grown in pace and attacking is increasing more, most pro players are opting for the head-light rackets.
Generally, squash rackets have a weight of between 110 g and 190g. However, there are manufacturers producing even lighter rackets, weighing up to 90g only. Normally the weights indicated on the frames are the unstrung weight before painting, grip and grommet are added. So always expect your racket to weigh a little more than what is marked on the frame.
Lighter rackets best suit attacking players since they are good for maneuverability and are fun to use. Heavy rackets best suit those players with slower swing. However, an element of personal preference can apply as well, so you can pick the weight that best works for you as well.
The widths of the beam of rackets tend to vary from 16 to 21mm. a beam width that is thinner suit players that are more skilled since it offers greater maneuverability as compared to one with thicker beam.
Player’s skill level
There are three types of rackets based on the skill level of a player, namely the beginner, intermediate and advanced. Beginner rackets are best suited for those still learning or simply trying to focus on control and basic skills. These have an average weight of 150g. The intermediate rackets are meant for an intermediate player. They still focus on the element of control but add the aspect of power so you can elevate your play. The frame is usually balanced and gives a fledging player both control and power. The advanced type of rackets are focused on power, control and continuously improving one’s skills. They typically have convex heads for an extra strength.
The size of the handle is usually standard, but the shape can vary depending on the manufacturer. The shape type you choose simply boils down to personal preference. The rounded handle has optimum weight. They are good for maneuverability and impressive power. The other shape is the rectangular shape suitable if you need a firm grip. It best suits beginners, but again it may be an issue of preference.
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