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Racket selection???????????

Published: 12 Feb 2013 - 05:59 by Scepticpeg

Updated: 20 Feb 2013 - 05:40

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Newbie here, new to this site but not new to the great game of squash, hello everyone.

I have being playing squash now for about three years on and off and have recently started playing again after a four month break. The racket I had been using was a Prince TT Agile retailing at about £20 "which speaks for itself" until I broke it "or should I say the wall broke it".

I know this low end racket  wasn't helping my game and other than breaking it, it is  why I am now in the market for a new one. My game mainly consists of 60% power shots going down to lesser powerful shots and sometimes touch shots, but these seldom payoff as something is ammiss, experience I imagine!

I have done alot of reading recently about squash rackets, weight "light to heavier", string tension, racket shape etc etc. And it seems the common suggestion is to get some on loan from a racket retailer until I find one that I am comfortable using, but I strongly feel the likehood of said sports retailer lending me countless rackets to be unlikely.

Would anyone be so kind as to give me any pointers, my budget is around about £60, the previous racket I played with  could have done with being slightly heavier but I dont know its weight as I dont think Prince make it anymore. I am looking for a racket that can generate power but can be as equally versatile with the touch shots.

Thank you for reading my post and any answers would be great.


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From Scepticpeg - 20 Feb 2013 - 05:18   -   Updated: 20 Feb 2013 - 05:40

hello, once again and thank you for all the useful info. Ironically i tried a couple of rackets last week and didnt have much joy until i got my hands on the Dunlop Pro Muscle Weave this racket felt lovely in my hands, it just felt right.

So i googled  the model and found it has been discontinued. The racket is predominantly white with black lettering I have tried to find the specs of this racket, I.e weight balance etc so I can source a racket that is similiar but to no avail, can anyone help please.

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From rippa rit - 14 Feb 2013 - 13:47

Well Hasham Khan said "squash racket  like toothbrush, personal' so that gives you an idea why trying demo models at the club, or having a couple of hits with other friend's rackets is a good idea to see if you like the feel.  In Oz our squash centres stock squash gear and can easily arrange for a hit with a demo racket, their racket or a clubbies racket  That does not mean it in a fairdindum game, but stand in the middle of the court and have a few rallies!!!! down the middle not near the walls and corners.

A racket made of composite materials is usually more flexible and will take a hit on the wall easier than the rigid frames. A big sweet spot is good to prevent jarring.  Strings and string tension is also a consideration.

I have put some key words in the Relevant Content tab which might make good reading too.

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From Demo - 13 Feb 2013 - 07:24   -   Updated: 13 Feb 2013 - 07:24

Hahaha! I laughed out loud thinking of that scenario playing out.

"*SMASH* Nope, rubbish."

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From hamburglar - 13 Feb 2013 - 04:59

LOL, yes definitely try out club members' rackets and see which break easily and which don't!

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From Demo - 13 Feb 2013 - 01:07

To be honest these kind of inquiries are very tough. Notwithstanding the fact that rackets are a very personal selection, you've left open the option of a head heavy racket, or head light racket, or stiff, or more flexible, etc.

My suggestion would be to ask others at your local club to try out their rackets to see what fits your game better, be it head light, or head heavy, the feel, the shape (oval vs teardrop). If you've read through the equipment section here, you would have seen how particular some of us can be with regards to these criteria, down to our endeavours at finding the right string for the racket and for our games.

Seeing as you set your budget at £60, I will venture a few suggestions, as that's fairly limiting. Using a large online website based in the UK as my price reference, you can try the Black Knight Omega, which fits your budget. There have been a few reviews about it over on squashsite's forum, and people are relatively pleased with it. I've also known Black Knight rackets to be solid rackets, less likely to break than some other manufacturers such as Dunlop or Harrow. Some of the Head rackets also look like a good bet, like the Youtek Anion 135 or the Xenon 135 from last year.

Finally, that website also has links to their own racket reviews on Youtube. It's worth a watch to see what they think. Keep in mind, since you won't be able to try these, it's possible you'd hate the racket!

Best of luck

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