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Racquet with Heavy-Head

Published: 28 Jul 2007 - 14:19 by el6arboush

Updated: 04 Sep 2007 - 07:33

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I am a beginner in squash.

I am offered 2 racquets:

1) HEAD LiquidMetal 140 Palmer 
(Headsize:470sqcm; Weight:140g; Balance: head heavy / 370mm)

2) HEAD LiquidMetal 150
(Headsize:475sqcm; Weight:150g; Balance: 370mm)

Please let me know which raqcquet you'd recommend for a beginner? (why?)

I am enclined to pick the first racquet (HEAD LiquidMetal 140 Palmer).
But, I am not sure if it is a good idea to get a Head Heavy racquet for a beginner.
Please advise.

Thank you.

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From yaehbhi - 03 Sep 2007 - 21:54

Hi el6arboush, I wouldn't recommend Head for beginners at all!

I've been using Head racquets since my early days and that was my biggest mistake - they break too easy. Further, LM and Flexpoint 140 are probably the worst racquets when it comes to controlling your shots. As someone else suggested look at a more reliable racquet like Dunlop, Wilson etc - and most importantly try before you buy, the racquet which feels best in hands is going to perform best for you!

here you can find some good reviews on racquets:

good luck

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From rskting - 20 Aug 2007 - 00:41

I think you should go and buy the one you like! Equipment is fun and pick the color, shape, or racquet cover that is most attractive to you. Make it enjoyable and you will want to enjoy the game more. I get bored with racquets quickly and change around. You are the most important part of the game anyways.

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From nickhitter - 29 Jul 2007 - 20:09

No as the weights on the shaft are usually bare frame weight and not after strings/bumper/grommet strip and two grips. you have to think of them as reference weight, that's all.

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From rippa rit - 29 Jul 2007 - 07:39

Just a question.
Have you ever actually weighed the rackets to compare with the spec as listed on  the sticker on the shaft, eg 140, 160?

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From nickhitter - 29 Jul 2007 - 05:52

if your specs are correct they are both the same balance anyway (37cms). it is better for a beginner to play with a head heavy racket as it helps develop the timing of the swing. ( pendulum effect) head light rackets are harder to create sufficient power at first.

I agree with jbs24 though stay away from head liquid metal. they fall to bits when you hit the walls. Which as your a beginner you'll be doing a lot. a beginner needs a durable racket and for durability you should get a Dunlop.

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From hamburglar - 28 Jul 2007 - 22:03

Neither, but I guess for a beginner the LM140 would work fine. I like Head racquets, especially the iX150, but the LM series I thought was awful. They made the handles even bigger and more rectangular. Plus on the 150, they changed the string pattern and head shape a little. I believe they have changed it back in the Metallix series.

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