Squash

  1. Weight: Most squash rackets weigh between 110 and 220g, with most players opting for a mid-weight racket weighing between 130 and 160g.
  • Light rackets (less than 130g)– give you more control and allow you to feel the ball as it’s hit. It also means you need to generate power for the shot, so a good level of technique and skill is required to avoid any loss of control with power shots
  • Mid rackets (130-160g)– offer a good compromise between the control of a light racket and the power gained from a heavy one. If you’re a beginner, start with a mid-weight racket so you can concentrate on controlling the ball without needing to exert extra power into each shot
  • Heavy rackets (160g plus)– will give you more power behind each shot, but this comes at the expense of control
  1. Head size: The bigger the head of the racket, the bigger the effective hitting area or sweetspot will be. A racket with a bigger sweetspot allows you to use a larger hitting area. This makes them ideal for beginners, as they allow for a greater margin of error. Rackets with smaller heads are really only suited to more experienced players as it requires a greater skill level to be able to hit the ball in the centre of the racket every time.
  2. Head shape:A common feature of the head shape on a squash racket is the throat design. There are 2 shapes:
  • Closed throat – the racket will have a smaller string-bed, which in turn decreases the sweetspot and allows for more control

Open throat – the racket will have a larger string bed to reduce off-centre shots and produce more power.

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