More and more people in the Philippines are getting into squash. The sport is played in tournaments for leisure purposes. In order to play the sport competitively and experience it fully, you should have all the right gear. One of the essential gear to have is a squash racquet. To help you choose a squash racquet that best suits you, here are things to consider when picking one.
If you are a beginner, there’s no need to get an expensive racket. Keep in mind that you will not undergo rigorous practice or games, so a cheap racket will suffice. Otherwise, you need an advanced racket if you play or practice more often. An advanced racket is costlier than beginner class types but if you don’t have enough budget, then you can go for one that is just right for your pocket. However, keep in mind that advanced class racquets will provide better performance.
The weight, material, and balance are essential attributes to consider when looking for the best squash racquet. There’s no need to go in-depth to understand these parameters; getting the gist will suffice.
Squash racquets normally weigh between 120 grams and 200 grams. If you prefer a light racquet, then you must have enough budget since they are more expensive than others. They weigh around 120 to 140 grams and are made from high-quality materials that offer better performance, making them ideal for experienced players.
There are also racquets that weigh more than 180 grams which are suitable for beginners. The reason why heavy racquets are ideal for beginners is because the weight allows the player to have a better control and deliver powerful strikes. But if you want much better control, then go for a light racquet.
Racquets that weigh 140-180 grams are also for experienced players. This is because they don’t deliver enough power. So, you need to use your strength together with great control to hit the ball hard. That is why beginners have a hard time using medium-weight racquets. Also, they are costlier than heavy racquets.
All in all, if you are just starting to learn squash, then go first with a heavy racquet that has a cheap price tag. After you gained enough skill and experience, upgrade to medium-weight then lastly light racquets.
Squash racquets come in various materials. There are aluminum types that are cheap and heavy. They weigh around 200 grams and are resistant to wear and tear, perfect for those who are still learning the sport. The only downside with aluminum racquets is that they generate vibrations when hitting the ball.
There are also graphite racquets that are lighter, making them an ideal choice for experienced players. But they can easily break if used carelessly. Some varieties, on the other hand, include titanium and carbon which make them tougher and more durable. So, if you are looking for a racquet that is light and tough at the same time, then a graphite racquet with titanium and carbon is your best bet.
This is about the racquet’s distribution of weight. It comes in three types: head heavy, head light, and evenly balanced. Keep in mind that there’s no right balance, it all depends on the player’s preference.
- Head heavy - As the name suggests, the racquet’s weight is placed more on the head. With that, it allows the player to deliver more powerful strikes, however, it feels heavy in the hand.
- Head light - Just like badminton racquets, there are also headlight squash racquets. With a headlight balance, the weight lies more on the handle which enables you to control the racquet better.
- Evenly balanced - This should be your racquet if you prefer something in between head light and head heavy.