Squash Buying Guide
We're fans of hitting the court for some good, old-fashioned aerobic activity , but not before you arm yourself with all of the best equipment you need to kick some serious butt. So when you're planning to jump into a game of squash with a friend, getting the perfect racquet and balls should be at the top of your list. Check out this guide for tips on how to pick the gear that'll work wonders for you--just don't forget to practice your game too!
When choosing the right racquet for you, it's all about weight, size and feel.
- The average racquet should weigh between 140 and 170 grams, but you can get something as light as 115 grams or as heavy as 210 grams. Lighter racquets are usually preferred by junior players or women, since they're a bit easier to swing while still giving you a good feel for the ball. Heavier racquets are generally used by larger players, or by those who want to generate a bit more power with each swing.
- Squash racquets come with different centres of balance. They can either be handle-weighted, head-weighted or evenly balanced. A head-weighted racquet works to create a more powerful shot; while a handle-weighted racquet is more manoeuvrable and allows for quicker racquet movement. Those that are evenly balanced are best suited for intermediate players who do not have one particular strong suit.
- A customized grip can help you balance out an extra heavy head.
- Grip is mostly about personal preference. The more you play, the more you may want to adjust your grip so that it is the most comfortable for you.
- You can use tape to build up a grip so that it better fits that contours of your hand. Sometimes towels and gauze can also be used.
- Consult some more seasoned players for tips before you make any changes.
- Racquets with a narrow profile are often more flexible and thus, easier to control.
- Those with a wider-profile have more power and a larger sweet spot.
- Squash racquets come with rounded heads, tear drop-shaped heads and rectangular heads.
- Stiff squash racquets are usually made from carbon ,graphite ,titanium ,kevlar or boron . These pass more power behind the shot while absorbing the impact of the ball.
- Aluminium racquets are cheaper and more flexible, but they usually vibrate when you hit the ball.
- The stiffer the racquet, the more powerful it is.
- The more flexible the racquet, the easier it is to control the shot.
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