If you’re looking for a sport that can be played all year around, there’s nothing like squash. It can be played as singles or doubles, is a great way to burn off calories and any pent up aggression. Registrations to join squash clubs usually take place at the beginning of the year, or if you would prefer to play casually–courts are available for hire by the hour, most cities throughout Australia.
One of the main pieces of equipment you’ll need is a squash racquet. Use the tips below to help you decide on what sort of racket to buy.
1. Weight distribution
Often it is a case of personal preference, but the way racquet distribute the weight can vary between brands and types. Some may have lighter heads and heavier beams. Other’s may have heavier or even be the same weight all over. So what’s the difference?
Racquet with lighter heads allow you faster motility for flicking shots and volleys, but you may have trouble directing the shot at speed. Racquets with heavier heads provide greater control and are often the choice of many players at elite levels.
The accurate term for the neck of the squash racquet is called the throat. They are often called open or closed throats, or teardrop. This controls the stability of the racket. The biggest advantage of an open throat racket is it has a larger sweet spot and therefore when you swing your racket, it generates more power. The larger sweet spot is due to the bigger distance between where the strings meet the frame. They tend to be more forgiving, so is a good choice for beginners.
Squash racquets are weighted and generally weigh between 90 grams to 195 grams. You’ll find the weight on the racket frames. This does not account for the strings, paints, grip or grommets. Lighter rackets are best for beginners, where swinging a heavier racket will tire them out faster. If you have a slow swing, you may find a heavier racket will be beneficial to your game.
Thinner beams provide more flexibility and are suited to pro players, while a wider beam gives you more power behind your swing.
Most racquets are factory strung . Think of strings like a trampoline. When the ball hits the racket it catches then shoots the ball back out again with greater power.A higher or tighter string tension provides less power but increases control.
Squash racquets all have the same grip size but if you need a bigger grip, you can build it up to suit your preference. Control of the racket comes from your fingers, so the bigger grip the less control you will have over your shots.
Price is usually the biggest deciding factor when buying a squash racket, particularly if you are a beginner. If you are a regular player we would suggest you spend a little more than going for the most affordable racket on the shelf. It can take several games to get a real feel for your racket, and adjust to the way it feels in your hand.