2018 Best Squash Racquets

Harrow Vapor – Best of Both Worlds, Premium Racquet

The Harrow Vapor gets its name because of the vapor trail seen after the swings from this racquet. Just kidding, but this is one of the best racquet around.

The Harrow Vapor is a top-rated racquet for the intermediate players and its qualities come at a top-end price. It gives the ability to deliver great power, control and responsiveness on the court.

The one negative with the racquet is concerns over it’s durability. It is susceptible to breaking and seems to be a little fragile. Many players do complain that for the price, they expect the racquet not to break as it gets expensive to replace.

Overall, this squash racquet has an amazing feel, great control and a top-end option for squash players.

Pros
  • Large sweet spot
  • Stiff shaft for more control
  • Little to no vibration
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Brittle racquet with durability concerns

Harrow M-140 – Editors choice for doubles, best doubles squash racquet

The Harrow M-140 is one of Harrow’s top selling doubles frame of all time and is the preferred racquet of several SDA pro tour players, and current world #2 team of Scott Arnold and John Russell.

The larger head size provides a larger sweet spot for off center hits. While perfectly suitable for a bigger hitting singles player as well, the new graphics on the Harrow M-140 highlight a stiff and powerful frame providing you with all the game you need to carry your partner to victory.

This racquet is evenly-balanced which provides great touch on when playing. It is on the lighter end of doubles racquets, which provides power through your forehand or backhand swing.

One thing that some players may have some adjusting too, especially when playing hardball doubles for the first time, is the speed of play, and thus the control from this racquet. If you need more control, a heavier racquet may be more suitable for beginning doubles players.

Pros
  • Versatile racquet for singles or doubles play
  • Large head for a greater sweet spot and power
  • Nice blend of power and control
Cons
  • Lighter doubles racquet which offers less control
  • Rather than a traditional “square” handle, this racquet is more “rectangular” which can feel different in your hands.

Tecnifibre Carboflex 125 – Best for Singles Squash

The weapon of choice for PSA World Number One squash player Mohamed El Shorbagy, the Tecnifibre CarboFlex 125 is a formidable squash racquet for a wide range of players with varying play styles.

The Carboflex 125 is especially ideal for players who favor long volleys and aggressive play styles, but it can be utilized for all sorts of strategies. With excellent precision and control, the Tecnifibre Carboflex is a great racquet for making precise and deadly shots from any place on the court.

The Carboflex is heavy enough to provide powerful and controlled shots while remaining light enough to ensure that you don’t get worn out too quickly into the match. The head weight on the Tecnifibre Carboflex 125 is perfectly balanced for both control and power, which is why it is an excellent racquet for players whose play style leans towards longer volleys.

The Carboflex boasts a strong sweet spot, and if you figure out how to consistently make contact with it, you’ll be sure to hit explosive shots time and time again. This racquet also has an Isomorph Shaft, which increases power by around 25% as compared to the standard mono shaft.

The Carboflex does have a bit more vibration to it compared to some other racquets of similar caliber, but not nearly enough to cause any real damage to your game. Taken in combination with the balanced weight, you’ll hardly even notice. 

Pros
  • Large sweet spot
  • Head-light weighting for quick racquet head speed through the ball
  • Great factory strings included
Cons
  • Slightly more vibration than other comparable racquets
  • Head-light weighting may take some getting used to if you play with a balanced or head-heavy racquet

Harrow Bancroft Executive Racquet – Doubles only, heavy weight

Looking for a strong, sturdy, and reliable squash racquet? Look no further than the Harrow Bancroft Executive.

The #1 female squash player in the US, Natalie Grainger. You don’t get to that level without a great racquet. Not only does Grainger use the racquet, she actually helped design it. This is the kind of racquet fit for a professional.

The Harrow Bancroft Executive racquet is heavy enough to pack a punch, and while still remaining light enough where you won’t wear yourself out too quickly into the match. With that being said, this racquet has fantastic precision and control. The Harrow Bancroft Executive Racquet will keep your opponent running back and forth across the court, game after game.

While this racquet can surely be used by all types of players, it is worth considering that this racquet may not be exactly what you are looking for, especially if you play a lot of singles squash. Weighing in at 155 grams, this racquet is heavy for singles play. Most singles racquets are 140 grams or less.

Pros
  • Strong and sturdy to handle hardball doubles play
  • Head-heavy which provides greater power
  • No vibration
  • Great control across the racquet no matter your grip preference
Cons
  • Heavy for singles play
  • The head-heavy aspect of the racquet may take some getting used to, which some players may not like

Black Knight C2C nXS – versatile racquet, moderate price

The Black Knight C2C nXS is a great racquet for singles or doubles players, and reps Black Knight’s Canadian roots with a maple leaf design. Even as an American who cannot stand seeing Canada hockey beat the Americans, this racquet design is awesome.

The Black Knight C2C nXS is well balanced and maneuverable with its large hitting surface, moderate stiffness, and lightweight construction. Plus, the weight is just about right – not too heavy, not too light. Black Knight racquets are known for their durability. This racquet will be a weapon for battle for many years.

The factory grip on this racket is fantastic, although it is different than most because of it’s distinct ridges. It is very grippy and comfortable which is less likely to lead to minor blisters after a long game.

A negative with this racquet is the teardrop design for doubles play. Typically doubles racquets sport a shorter, but wider head. Using this racquet for doubles play is possible due to the weighting and durability, but the teardrop design lends itself to a smaller sweet spot.

Pros
  • Awesome design
  • Durability – Black Knight racquets don’t break often
  • Factory grip is fantastic
  • Long-lasting racquet at a great price
Cons
  • Teardrop design for doubles play means a smaller sweet spot
  • Factory grip has ridges, which is different than most racquets

Head Microgel 125 – singles only, best price

The Head Microgel 125 is built with plenty of innovative features such as the Metallix, Flexpoint and Microgel technology. This is a great racquet for beginning players that is hoping to quickly advance the playing skill and all-around game play. The larger head size makes it easier to play for the beginner with great control and power.

The MicroGel™ is a special type of silicone-based material that is combined with strong composite fiber to create a racquet that delivers well on responsiveness. This technology has the ability to evenly distribute the impact load across the frame to give the best possible touch and feel in the game.

This squash racquet is particularly good for players that like to play a lot of drops and volleys. It is easy to handle because of its lightweight construction at just 125 grams. Plus, this racket is able to give a stiff performance with little to no vibration.

The negative of this racquet is that it isn’t a great two-way option. This racquet is definitely made for singles squash. Another point of concern for some players is the construction of the handle and grip. Rather than a traditional “square” handle, this racquet is more “rectangular” which can feel different in your hands.

Pros
  • Great for attacking players who are great at drop shots and lobs
  • Lightweight
  • Durable and stiff
  • MicroGel technology leads to no vibration in softball singles squash
Cons
  • Not great for doubles squash as a lot of times the racquet felt like it would break hitting the ball hard
  • Handle and grip. Rather than a traditional “square” handle, this racquet is more “rectangular” which can feel different in your hands.

Head Graphene Xenon – Large Sweet Spot

The Head Graphene Xenon is one of the premier racquets on the market in 2017. As the chosen racquet of 2008 world cup runner-up Karim Darwish, you know this racquet has what it takes. This is one of the best high quality racquets you can get and is durable enough to last for years.

Weighing in at only 4.76oz the Graphene Xenon is a light and lethal machine that will help you step your game up to the next level. Not only is it light, the Graphene Xenon is weighted unlike most other racquets.

The Head Graphene Xenon Squash Racquet is head heavy, which may take some players some getting used to, but once you’re comfortable with the weighting and balance, you’ll see the true power of this racquet.

All in all, the Head Graphite Xenon Squash Racquet is a great racquet for players all across the spectrum. There are some aspects of it that some players may not find to their liking but, hey, everyone is different, especially when it comes to squash. If you’re looking for a great gift or are just looking for an affordable way to step up your squash game, look no further than the Head Graphite Xenon racquet.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Unique weighting
  • Little to no vibration
  • Stronger and less brittle than other similar racquet
Cons
  • Though it has a lot of power for such a light racquet, some stronger players may prefer a heavier weight for even more power
  • The head-heavy aspect of the racquet may take some getting used to, which some players may not like

Head Graphene XT Cyano 110 – Singles Power Player

The Head Graphene XT Cyano 110 is an ultra-light squash racquet for singles players. This racket has an affordable price, lightweight construction, ease of control and ability to generate power.

The graphene technology called Graphene XT. Graphene XT technology uses the world’s lightest material to enhance weight distribution, power and swing speed. This enables a lighter weight without sacrificing the racket’s power. Compared to previous versions, the large head and head heavy balance stayed the same, but now the frame is even lighter.

This racquet is definitely a singles-focused racquet and many reviews on the web note the brittleness of the frame, as it is susceptible to breaking. Just don’t hit the wall!

Pros
  • Ultra-lightweight for more power
  • Head-heavy for more power
Cons
  • Because it is so lightweight, it requires excellent shot control
  • Not ideal for doubles and somewhat brittle frame

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