[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!
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.
Best Squash Racquets
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|Harrow Vapor (Editor's Choice)||Singles/Doubles||Check Price|
|Harrow M-140 (Best Doubles Racquet)||Singles/Doubles||Check Price|
|Tecnifibre Carboflex 125 (Best Singles Racquet)||Singles||Check Price|
|Harrow Bancroft Executive (Beginner Doubles)||Doubles||Check Price|
|Black Knight ION Cannon||Singles/Doubles||Check Price|
|HEAD Graphene 360 Speed 120 Squash Racquet||Singles||Check Price|
|HEAD Graphene XT Cyano 110 Squash Racquet||Singles||Check Price|
|DUNLOP Force Evolution 120 Squash Racquet||Singles||Check Price|
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.
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.
John Russell here spotted using the Harrow M-140 in 2018
Head Extreme 120 – Best Priced Singles Squash Racquets
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.