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Published: 01 Jun 2006 - 21:06 by missing_record10

Updated: 24 Sep 2008 - 10:28

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 I'm just starting to play squash, so you could say i'm level 0 :),  anyway i went a head and bought what i thought the great racquet (as most people adviced me to go for the lighter reacquet), i got the  Wilson hyper hammer 110 whih is 110 Grams, and head heavy, from reading some articles it seems i mad a mistake, and i should have gotten a heavier one, is it ok to continue or should i buy another heavier racquet.?

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From rippa rit - 12 Jul 2006 - 08:40   -   Updated: 12 Jul 2006 - 08:42

This Gear Review post might help you chose a suitable racket.  Very informative post by johnbyrne

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From paul01323 - 07 Jun 2006 - 08:59

Hi Naderys, I took up squash 18 months ago and although i'm a beginner I thought my experiences with rackets might help. I started playing with an old Prince Extender that I was given, after 3 months I had tennis elbow so I bought a Head ix150 which had a much larger hitting area and was easier on my elbow, 4 months later I felt I needed something more powerful so I purchased a Head Liquidmetal 140 which added power but never felt 'quite right'. After 5 months with the LM140 I'd finally learnt to strike the ball properly so my tennis elbow was no longer a problem and I set about trying to find a racket that felt right for me. Mainly I asked my opponents if we could swap rackets for a friendly game after a match, this way I got to try a lot of rackets and slowly found out that I prefered something light, evenly balanced, fairly stiff and with a reasonable amount of feedback. I eventually settled on a pair of Oliver xtron 110's strung with Ashaway Powernick 18 and I found certain parts of my game improved overnight. I think the only way to find a racket thats right for you is to play with your Wilson until you know why it's not right for you (too head heavy, too light, etc) then think about changing it for something that corrects these 'faults'. Good Luck....

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From rippa rit - 03 Jun 2006 - 15:47

Nads - what Biz is saying I think is to go to the Forum Archives (see the drop down list under Members Forum) and browse through the articles and one of those does talk about coaching DVD's etc...and you will also find the other articles of interest I am you need to go catch up!!!  Allow a few sessions to get through it all too

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From BizarreCo - 02 Jun 2006 - 21:58



There are a few other thread open on the site with some good tips on DVDs and other learning material that you can use. Glad to hear you've caught the "squash bug" and hope it gives you many hours of hapiness (and frustration I bet) in the years to come!


Keep working at it and learning as much as you can off anyone who you can find to help!



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From missing_record10 - 02 Jun 2006 - 18:31

Woow, thank you guys for your fast and prompt responses :) , well i guess i will keep my racquet until it breaks and then if it does break (from what i hear it will do) i will look for another one, anyway, it seems that i'm having difficulties finding a coach, does anybody know any good books or DVD or VHS that can help me learn the basics of this game?.

Sorry guys for all the questions, but i played this game once with a friend of mine and for some reason i developed a passion for the game and i really would like to learn it ..


Thank you all

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From rippa rit - 02 Jun 2006 - 08:00   -   Updated: 02 Jun 2006 - 08:01

naderys - welcome to this forum - keep coming back for tips.
Yes, I would not worry about the racket.  If it does give you any bother just put it away for a while.  The main things I have observed about a beginner having a light racket:
  • If  the swing and grip are not reasonably technically OK there might be a feeling of a lack of power in the swing.  Beginners often use their arm and racket to generate the power rather than the forearm rotating movement in the swing.
  • As Biz said, one of the other things to watch is a sore arm.  This can happen by having the incorrect technique, so that is catch 22.   Try not to generate the power from the arm, but from the swing technique.
One more thing, light could mean fragile, so if you hit the wall, BINGO, and you will be able to replace the racket....sorry about that tip!!

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From JJSOOTY - 02 Jun 2006 - 05:22

Like I said, only start getting to worried about the technicalities of your racquet once you have developed your own style or preferred mode of play. Then you can buy a racquet that suits you.

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From BizarreCo - 02 Jun 2006 - 01:49

Continuing to play with should be fine. I can't see any reason why it shouldn't be.


Although you may find that as your game develops, different rackets become more "comfortable" to use, at this early stage it will make no difference to the basics of squash that you need to develop. If, like some people who use a light racket, you find that you are beginning to get a recurring injury to your elbow, then you should definately change. But as things currently stand, it doesn't sound like there's any problems with what you have!!


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From raystrach - 02 Jun 2006 - 01:48   -   Updated: 02 Jun 2006 - 01:49

i am definitely getting old

i remember when the rackets we used were over 200 grams and made out of bamboo - now your going to get some serious wrist strength out of that one!

110 and heavy??  how do you even know you are holding it!!

I almost fell off the chair laughing when i read that one!

if you're not worried about breakage, stick with it although i have always advised my clients, when just starting, to buy a reaonable quality durable racket. my knowedge of the current crop is not all that good as i have not been selling rackets for a little while, but the old wilson hammers were tremendously durable.

have fun naderys!

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From missing_record10 - 01 Jun 2006 - 23:48   -   Updated: 01 Jun 2006 - 23:48

Thank you all for your valuable feedback, however, my worry is not to break the raquet or not, my question is that since i have already bought this racquet, is it ok to continue playing using it or should i put it away and by anew heaveir one?

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From BizarreCo - 01 Jun 2006 - 22:53   -   Updated: 01 Jun 2006 - 22:54

JJ, sorry but I have to disagree about this racket - The lighter the frame then usually the less material has gone into its construction. As a newbie to the world of squash - especially if you have a strong swing, a light racket might not be the best tool for the job as they are more prone to breakage when coming into contact with walls.


Although the Wilson 110 gram rackets do appear to have a longer life than their Head equivalents (under impact conditions), but neither last as long as their slightly heavier models (around 130 to 150).


NADERYS - This doesn't mean you should go out and buy a brand new racket for the fun of it!! The racket you have is still very good, and if you can keep it away from the wall and learn to wield the head correctly then you'll be absolutely fine! With a heavier head you're going to need some forearm strength, and if you've never done any racket sports before then you might want to try some exercises to help build up the muscles quicker. Other than that the best thing you can do is go near a flat wall and start swinging your racket (slowly at first!!) to the point where it is just skimming the surface of the wall. This will give you a better guage on how close to the wall that you can swing in a match - Remember to do this SLOWLY to start - one nasty collision can break a racket!!



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From JJSOOTY - 01 Jun 2006 - 22:31

To be honest if your just starting to play then as long as your racquet is well made enough so that it won't break easy if you smack it against a wall then you shouldn't worry about it.  Wilson is a good make and so it should survive for quite a while to any rough treatment you might give it.  You should only really start worrying about weight, whether it's head heavy etc once you become a decent competitive player; that's the time when finding a racquet that suits your game becomes more important.  I'd say that you may as well get your moneys worth out of your racquet first!

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