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Today we are going to talk about the squash racket, an essential sporting accessory for playing this sport. If you are just starting to play squash, the right racket can accelerate your development in the sport. For more experienced players, replacing the racket can be an opportunity to improve performance.
In this article we will give you tips on choosing the right squash racket for your level and style of play, and list the best equipment available on the market today.
- An anti-vibrator is an item that can be attached to the strings of your squash racket that helps to reduce the vibration that the ball strikes the strings and consequently lessens the impact it has on your shoulders and elbows.
- The “sweet spot” is the area near the centre of the strings of a squash racket which is the ideal place to hit the ball. It should be larger in beginners’ rackets.
- Normally beginners should start playing with a heavier racket which makes it easier to control. Lighter rackets are used by players at a more advanced level who enjoy more aggressive play.
The Best Squash Racket: Our Picks
When deciding to buy a squash racket, people face many difficulties in choosing features such as weight, string layout, among others. Therefore, the following buying guide aims to help consumers make the best decision.
What are vibration-controlled squash rackets and what are their advantages?
The strings can also help to control this problem, as using as many strands as possible is a viable option to reduce vibration. But what helps the most are the anti-vibrators that are attached to the strings, and are the most common option to stop vibration and the injuries derived from it. Check out some advantages and disadvantages of vibration control on a squash racket below:
Squash rackets for beginner, intermediate or advanced level?
For intermediate levels, it is possible to opt for a slightly lighter piece of equipment, around 130 grams, and spend a little more on the squash racket, as at this level you already have a better idea of your playing style. The racket head may also be a little smaller. For an advanced level, you already know your own game, and it is difficult to recommend a specific type of squash racket.
Ideally, you should opt for a slightly lighter racket, between 90g and 120g. Below is a table with the main differences between the squash rackets recommended for each level of play:
|Weight||130g and 190g||Around 130g||Between 90g and 120g|
|Racquet Head||Ideal that the head is large||You can start practicing with smaller heads||For varying, depending on the game strategy|
|Price||You can opt for a cheaper racquet||You can start investing in more expensive and advanced racquets||Racquets for this level are usually more expensive|
Squash rackets are items that should be purchased after much research, as each one is suitable for a level and has specific characteristics. Check out the list below with the most important characteristics of squash rackets:
- String Layout
Below we will detail these characteristics so that you can choose the most suitable equipment for you.
The choice of string layout is very important for players who want to define a strategy for their game. Two factors are fundamental in this case:
The lower the tension between the strings, the higher the power. When the tension between the strings is high, it favours better control. Usually more experienced players prefer squash rackets with high tension, as they usually have enough technical quality to achieve the power on their own.
Thinner strings provide better power and offer greater possibilities for the equipment to apply the “spin” effect. Thicker strings, however, can be more durable, as thinner ones are more prone to breakage.
Squash rackets normally weigh between 110 and 190 grams, although some can weigh 90 grams or less. The weight of a racket depends a lot on your style of play, as people who like to play more aggressively and handle the equipment more easily should opt for lighter equipment. Choose a heavier racket if you want equipment that gives you more power and control during matches.
One of the most important items to be observed in a squash racket is its throat, which is the space that lies between the handle and the head of the equipment. When the throat is more open, also known as having the shape of a teardrop, the head area of the racket tends to be larger, making it easier to hit the balls.
This type of throat shape is therefore ideal for beginners. On the other hand, rackets that have a more closed throat are used by more experienced players, who seek greater control over the ball.
Squash rackets are usually made of graphite, aluminium or other materials such as titanium or carbon. Each one provides a different characteristic and the choice depends a lot on the level you are at. Graphite rackets are the most commonly found nowadays, and provide greater control over the equipment, as well as offering greater durability.
When the equipment is made of aluminium, it is usually cheaper than those made with other materials. The downside of this material is that these squash rackets are more difficult to control. They can also be hybrid, meaning that they contain two or more materials in their composition, such as titanium and graphite. Depending on the component, it will have different characteristics.
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