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Junior racquet ???

Published: 23 Dec 2007 - 06:30 by dpiedra

Updated: 28 Dec 2007 - 10:48

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What racquet do you recommend for an 11 year old girl who wants to take up squash ... I am thinking of a junior racquet - any recommendations?


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From rippa rit - 28 Dec 2007 - 10:48

There is no simple answer to this equation.

A lighter racket does not have the power either without the correct swing, so kids don't mind the weight as they can feel the racket in their hand, and the heavier racket gives a feeling of having more strength in the hit.

You cannot go wrong by handing down one of your rackets for starters and take it from there.

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From dpiedra - 28 Dec 2007 - 00:22

I agree with the recent assessments ... junior racquets are smaller but because they are made from heavier materials (to keep the cost down) they are as heavy as 180-190g. I am leaning towards going with a lighter regular racquet in the 120-130g weight. Thanks for the feedback!

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From Adz - 27 Dec 2007 - 09:59

I'd agree that if she can use an adult racquet then you should try to get her started using one as soon as possible.



But I would also say that if she can't handle an adult racquet yet then there are a few junior racquets available for you to look at:

Dunlop Junior Ti

Grays GX Junior

There's also an Unsquashable one and a Karakal one I've seen before.



Now there's just one more thing to think about...... ALL of these Junior racquets weight between 150g and 180g. Which compared to a 110g or 120g racquet is quite a lot more (50% in some cases!).

So if low strength is the main reason why you want to pick a junior racquet, you may want to think about getting a lighter adult racquet instead!

Cheers



Adz



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From abd el rahman - 25 Dec 2007 - 22:44

i think she play with the mature racket dierctly becuase she have been playing hocki which means she is have a strong swing, which could result in better regular racket but light one , only 120 gm,


 

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From rippa rit - 24 Dec 2007 - 07:50   -   Updated: 24 Dec 2007 - 08:06

It seems you have got the answer now. The difference between the junior and senior racket is mostly in the length (about 2.5 inches, changing the weight) as far as I know, and the grip would be a bit thinner also.  Being lousy (my Scottish ancentory!), I would cut the bit of length off one of my rackets, put on a new grip, and give it to the kids until they learnt the basics of the game and committed to play regularly.

Dunlop have always had a Junior model.





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From dpiedra - 24 Dec 2007 - 04:17

  • Is she strong? - she quite small, strong minded, but as for physical strength, I would say she is not very strong
  • Does she play other sports, in particular racket sports or hockey? - she has played hockey
  • Is she very mature for her age, eg height? - on the smaller side
  • How does she manage using your racket? Mine would be too big ...

  • Thanks ... I'm leaning to the junior racquet - not sure if there are any that stand out?

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    From rippa rit - 23 Dec 2007 - 07:03

    That is a good question.

    This is how I would go about making the decision. Ask yourself:

    • Is she strong?
    • Does she play other sports, in particular racket sports or hockey?
    • Is she very mature for her age, eg height?
    • How does she manage using your racket?
    If your answers to these questions are in the negative, yes a junior racket would be my choice.


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