Best Squash Racquet 2020 – These Racquets will ELEVATE Your Game

[Updated on 1 August 2020] It wouldn’t make sense to use a cheap racquet on a game you play a lot, especially when you pay a hefty gym membership fee already! You want the best squash racquet available for your game. And a lot has changed since this guy played the game!

old squash racquet

Choosing the best squash racket to match your skill-level and gameplay can be a difficult process, especially for players just starting out. Luckily, we’ve done the work for you – let’s see what we have.

While picking the right squash racquet is skill-specific, picking the right shoes to wear comes down to personal preference and comfort. Picking the right shoe can be critical to longevity in playing because of the constant work your legs and joints take in playing squash.

Best Squash Racquets

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There are a lot of racquet makers who are very good and have there own specialties depending on the type of squash you are playing, specifically if you are playing singles or doubles squash. Considering that there are differences in singles and doubles squash racquets, some coaches and professionals insist that the racquet you use does not matter, as a “pure” squash player can play with any racquet. While that generalization may be true for playing leisurely, playing at a consistently competitive level requires an optimized racquet for your game and style.

Also, for the first time squash player there is the option to look at some of the low-cost rackets that are intended for the entry-level players. While the basic rackets are not built to last a number of years, they are certainly able to give a good indication of what to expect from playing squash. Also, if you do decide to get more serious, you can use the knowledge gained from the starter racket to choose the next level up. For instance, you will be more aware of things related to the material, balance, and weight. We have made an infographic that summarizes the key things we consider in buying a squash racquet: Squash Racquet Infographic

Harrow Vapor – Best of Both Worlds, Premium Squash Racquet

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

John Russell here spotted using the Harrow M-140 in 2018

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.

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
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
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 Extreme 120 – Best Priced Singles Squash Racquets

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.
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Unique weighting
  • Little to no vibration
  • Stronger and less brittle than other similar racquets
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
Pros
  • 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

How We Chose Our Selection Of The Best Squash Racquets

Here are a few things to consider in the process of deciding on the best squash racket:

Squash Racquet Price

A great place to start is the price range of the squash racket. They vary in price from the very cheap to the extremely expensive. Simply base your decision on how much you can comfortably afford to invest in your gear. While it benefits to go a little above the most basic options, there is no need to start out with the most expensive or highest quality racket.

A beginner can easily invest $30-$50 on a starter racket, but the best value is going to be a racquet around $100-$150 if you are serious about the game. The most expensive racquets are over $200.

Squash Racquet Quality

There are plenty of factors that can impact the characteristics and behavior of the squash racket, including the material, shape of the head, size, balance, and weight. Try out and handle a few rackets to see which is most effective for your gameplay.

Always go with the squash racket that matches your skill level. Also, the highest quality racquet is built with better qualities and will last longer.

Racquet Construction

There are two primary types of composition in a squash racquet, the Open throat design, and the Closed throat construction.

  • An open throat will help provide control and stability due to the shorter main strings.
  • A closed throat has a larger sweet spot and normally generates more power.

Racquet Balance

In Squash there are three different categories of balance in a racquet. Headlight racquets, head-heavy racquets, and evenly balanced racquets. Each plays very differently and has different benefits to the player.

  • Head Light: Having less weight in the head and more weight in the handle make these racquets feel lighter and more maneuverable.
  • Head Heavy: With the majority of weight in the head, these racquets give more power with less effort.
  • Even: Evenly distributed weight will make these racquets provide maneuverability (faster swing) while still generating power.

Racquet Weight

Squash racquets range in weight from 110 grams to 170 grams. The appropriate weight of the racquet typically depends on personal preference. With that being said, there are advantages to both a lighter racquet and a heavier racquet.

  • Lightweight (110G – 145G): A light racquet allows for quick wrist movement, quicker movement of the head, allows you to have a soft touch and good feel, aid in deception in front of the court, easier control.
  • Heavyweight (145G – 170G): A heavier racquet aid in adding more power to your shots, offers stability and a smooth impact through the ball.

Grip Shape

Squash racquets come with a standard handle size, but the handle shape can change among manufacturers. The shape that you decide to use is going to come down to personal preference.

  • Rounded Handle: Think of this as feeling like a baseball bat
  • Rectangular Handle: Think of this feeling much more like a tennis racquet

Squash Racquet FAQ

What is a good weight for a squash racquet?

Squash racquets come in ranges from 90kg to 180kg. The average weight is 130kg. You want a lighter racquet if you a more aggressive, strong hitting player. A heavier racquet will help players with a slow or weak swing generate more power with the heavier squash racquet weight.

What are squash racquets made of?

Graphite is the dominant material squash racquets are made of. This allows the racquet to be lightweight but durable. Aluminum is another material used to make squash racquets. We do not recommend using an aluminum squash racquet.

When should I restring my squash racquet?

What consistently needs updating is your squash racquet strings, which should be replaced on an annual basis.

Can you play with a broken squash racquet?

Playing with a broken squash racquet is a bad move. You may be tempted to try and tape it back together. The best bet is to just throw the racquet away. At a club in my city, they hang broken racquets on the wall for nostalgia!

When I break my frame, I know it. I can feel the weight is off on a swing follow through and know that it is time to grab my backup racquet (always have at least 2 squash racquets)!

What if I break the racquet strings?

If you break your strings, you will want to get your racquet restrung. This will run you roughly $30 due to the cost of materials and labor. If your club restrings racquets, just drop the racquet off. Most tennis shops will also string squash racquets and are familiar with how to string them, even if they do not sell squash racquets in their tennis store.

What are the best squash racquet strings?

We like the Ashway Supernick XL or the Tecnifibre 305+. For stringing your racquet, it depends on if you are playing singles or doubles squash. You will need about 10 meters of string to restring your squash racquet strings. You can strings individually or in bulk.

  • Singles Racquet String Tension: String your tension at 26-28 pounds (more power at lower tensions)
  • Doubles Racquet String Tension: String your racquet tension at 27-29 pounds (more control at higher tensions)

Squash Racquet Conclusion

As you can see, there are several factors that go into making a racquet “best” for you as an individual player. As a result of your play style and physical attributes, one racquet may suit you better than the next player.

If you are just starting out, the Black Knight C2C nXS will be a good option for either singles or doubles play. As an advanced player singles player, you cannot go wrong looking at the Tecnifibre CarboFlex (more in-depth review here). If you are looking to play only doubles, the Harrow M-140 is the way we would steer you.

While picking the right squash racquet is skill-specific, picking the right shoes comes down to personal preference and comfort. Picking the right shoe can be critical to longevity in playing because of the constant work your legs and joints take in playing squash.

Jonathan Harper

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7 Comments

  1. Alvena Tolly Reply

    I have Head Graphene XT Cyano 110. It is super light. This racquet delivers both power and control for an intermediate to advanced player. I’ve played with Head racquets for the past 5 years and this is by far the best one I’ve owned to date.

  2. I think if you consider durability, harrow would not have a place on any top list. They are the most expensive racket, and they break more than 2-3 times as frequentlyi as any similarly priced models…
    I’ve been coaching squash Tor 15 years and have used and seen hundreds of individual rackets (even used harrow for a few years in the 00s) and it is really a shame how easily they break. If durability and value was considered, harrow would be the worst brand in squash by far!

  3. Frieda Virgie Reply

    I’ve been playing squash for over 30 years now and have played with several squash racquets from different brands. I recently purchased the Tecnifibre CarboFlex 125 racquet and I’m impressed. Immediately I could feel more shot power and have played with it for a while thought it allowed for a controlled swing too.

  4. Justy Walker Reply

    Thanks for your article. I had used factory strings, although I will swap them out and hopefully it will play even better!

    • Jonathan Harper
      John Reply

      Just get the racquet restrung – will cost your +/- $30 to restring vs getting a new racquet.

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