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How to Choose a Squash Racket - what you need to consider

Our buying guides will give you all the information you need to ensure you find the perfect equipment to improve your game.

Our squash experts advise customers every day on purchasing squash rackets. Here are some of the key factors to take into consideration before you buy:

1. Racket throat shape

There are two types of racket throat which are referred to as open (or 'teardrop') and closed. 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.

Closed throat squash 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. 

Most of the top pros use teardrop shaped rackets including Ali Farag (Dunlop Hyperfibre XT Revelation Pro),  Nick Matthew (Dunlop Hyperfibre+ Evolution Pro), Miguel Rodriguez (Tecnifibre Carboflex Cannonball) and Mohamed El Shorbagy and Marwan El Shorbagy (Tecnifibre Carboflex 125 X-Speed). 

Check out our pro player profile pages more information about the rackets endorsed by some of the leading pros.

2. Balance

Rackets can be head-light, head-heavy or evenly balanced and it's often a question of personal preference.

Head-light rackets offer great manoeuvrability for quick volleys and flick shots but can be harder to control at speed. Head heavy rackets can be easier to control.

Traditionally many pro players favoured head-heavy rackets but with the game becoming faster-paced and more attacking than ever many of the pros are opting for head-light frames.

Some examples of each are:

Head-light Dunlop Hyperfibre+ Precision Ultimate 

Head-heavy HEAD Graphene XT Cyano 120, Wilson Hyper Hammer Lite 120

Evenly-balanced HEAD Microgel 110 Stealth

3. Weight

Squash rackets generally weigh 110 - 145g, although Karakal now produce the Karakal SN-90 FF which weighs only 90g. The weights marked on the racket frames are usually the unstrung weights and are often before paint, grommets and the grip are added so expect your actual racket to weigh a few grams more. The unstrung weight is often included in the product title e.g Wilson Hammer 110. 

A lighter weight racket will suit a more attacking player as it can be manoeuvered quickly. Lighter rackets can also be great for juniors who want to play with a full size racket without being weighed down. Heavier weight rackets suit a more traditional style player with a slower swing.

There is also an element of personal preference.

4. Beam

Racket beam widths tend to be between 16 and 21mm. A thinner beam racket will suit a more skilled player as it will offer greater manoeuvrability than a thicker beamed racket eg the Tecnifibre Carboflex 135 S.

5. Strings

There are different types of squash racket strings and varying string tensions. We can advise you on the appropriate string type and tension for your squash racket. Most rackets come factory strung at 26-28lbs.

Higher quality strings will offer more grip and feel on the ball. They are not necessarily more durable as some are finer gauge and they are effectively working harder when in play as they are gripping the ball.

There is a common misconception when choosing squash racket strings that a higher string tension gives greater power; in fact the reverse is true. A higher or tighter string tension provides less power but increases control. This is because the string works like a trampoline. When the ball hits the racket it catches then shoots the ball back out again with greater power.

Many of the factory strings are a basic synthetic gut so many customers are choosing to upgrade with a custom restring. Tecnifibre and Ashaway are two of our bestselling string brands.

6. Grip

Most squash rackets have the same grip size as standard. It is possible to build up the grip to suit your personal preference using replacement grips or overgrips. As control stems from your fingers, the thicker the grip the less control and feel you may get back from the racket. If you are looking for a racket with a smaller grip e.g for a junio player, there are a few available. Tecnifibre have launched the Carboflex 125 NS X-Speed which has a slightly smaller handle than the Carboflex 125 X-Speed. The Wilson Hammer 110 also has a smaller grip. 

7. Price

Clearly price is a consideration for most people when choosing a squash racket. Most squash rackets under £40.00 are either aluminium or composite frames and therefore designed for less frequent, recreational use and we would not recommend these for regular players. It is possible to pay £40.00 - £150.00 for a premium graphite racket which will offer much better performance.

There are some good quality rackets available for under £80. Check out our round up of the best squash rackets under £80.

We introduced the hugely-popular PDHSports ten day racket trial back in 2009 which gives customers a chance to play test rackets to check that they are happy with their purchase. (The terms are shown here.)

Remember it may take you a few games to adjust fully to any new racket and to get the best out of it!

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