Squash Racket Guide

Our detailed buying guide will give you all the necessary information you require to find the perfect racket. Our staff have years of experience and provide expert advice every day to squash players on finding the ideal squash racket.

There are four key factors to look out for when checking out new squash rackets: throat shape, weight, balance, grip and stiffness.

  1. Throat Shape

There are two main types of racket throat; open throat and closed throat/teardrop squash rackets.

  • Open throat rackets have a larger string bed, a larger sweet spot and tends to be more forgiving on mis-hits. Additionally, they offer more power and are easier to use.
  • Teardrop or closed throat rackets have a significantly smaller string bed and sweet spot, and therefore require great skill to maximise the rackets potential. Such rackets are popular amongst experienced players who are able to consistently hit the sweet spot and appreciate the enhanced control. Some popular teardrop rackets amongst the pros are ; Tecnifibre Carboflex 125, HEAD Graphene 360 Speed .
  1. Weight

A squash racket weight can vary between 110g up to 170 g, with most players preferring a mid-weight and even balanced racket. (Tip: Weight marked on the frames are normally the unstrung weights and do not include paint, grommets ect.)

  • Lightweight rackets are generally favoured by aggressive attacking players as it can be manoeuvred quickly. Players will need to generate added power on their swings as lightweight rackets tend to deliver less force. Lighter rackets can also be used by juniors who want to play with a full size racket without being weighed down.
  • Heavier rackets generally suit a player with a slower swing as they deliver more power.
  3. Balance

There are three main types of racket balances; head-light,even balanced and head heavy.

  • Head light racket offers better manoeuvrability for fast volleys and slick wrist-work but tend to lack power. Head heavy rackets offer explosive power but the downside is a reduction in speed.
  • Most players choose a balance between the racket weight and balanced, often opting for heavier racket with head light balance or lighter racket with a head heavy balance.
 4. Grip/Size

Generally, most squash rackets have the same standard grip size. It is possible however to customise your grip using a range of replacement or overgrips.

  • Thicker grips tend to provide less control and feel from the racket. Also if you find your racket too head heavy, then a customised grip could help you balanced out the racket.
  • Grip modifications are as minimal as adding some extra tape around the butt, to building it up in certain areas to contour to your hand. Tape, gauze, and towels have all been used to customize the grip of squash racquets.
  • Every player has an individual preference for grip feel. If you play with regularity, expect to perform some modifications to your grip to attain maximum comfort.

Now that you have a clear idea on the type of racket you need, why not check our detailed string guide (how to choose a squash string)  to bring out the best in your new racket?