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Published: 30 Aug 2005 - 23:47 by justviv

Updated: 24 Sep 2008 - 10:20

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Now, I know you've probably heard it all before, and if I look hard enough through the archives I'll find what I want, but can anyone give me some advice on buying a racket? I am returning to playing squash after a break of approx 15 years and would probably classify myself as an improving begginner. I am also about to join a league and hence am prepared to spend money on something which is likley to last (accidents excepted!) Any advice greatfully received

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From rippa rit - 10 Sep 2005 - 07:14

Morning psquash1 - that is a different concept. Most players that I know would try to have 2/3 rackets of very similar weight and feel (tension). The reason, if they break during a match it is a smooth changeover to replace the broken one without having a detrimental effect on their play.
Once I had a regular opponent (a guy) who always took two rackets to the squash door, one strung tightly for his power game, and one strung loosely for his touch, and slower game style. What was his theory?
When he was fresh (did not feel tired) especially in the first 1/2 games he would go hard at his play, and then as he got tired, would change the racket to alter his play to suit his speed! That would give him one game sort of spell, and then after that game he would often change rackets again, depending on how he was fairing in the match.
So, whatever works for you is just fine!

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From psquash1 - 10 Sep 2005 - 03:22

As a beginning player (3 months)I use a Head 140g racquet and found it suits me quite well. I had the opportunity to purchase a 180g racquet at a great price and wound up returning it b/c I found it too heavy. As I get better I am looking to buy a lighter racquet of 120g. Ideally, I would like to have two varied weight racquets for playing.

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From drop-shot - 31 Aug 2005 - 21:16

Hey there,
the topic is as old as the game itself, but there is no proper answer for you. Or if there's any, it's going to be advertising for one of the brands. Then, it depends on your personal game style, and many other factors. I can only say that lighter rackets (below 130 g) are better for technic-oriented players with the soft touch on the ball and absolutely perfect ball control, then the rackets being 140g and heavier are good for the intermediate skilled players. But it's just the opinion of the amateur player. I think you can choose a variety of the brands, from Wilson to Black Knight and it really has to suit you and your game. I had similar discussion at PSAlive.tv forum and everybody was praising his own tale, if you know what I mean... I advice you to go to the club where they sell rackets and try them (in most of the clubs they will allow you to check the racket).
My equipement consists of two Wilson nCode Tour rackets (140g), Head Liquidmetal 140, and my favourite so far e-squash carbon James Willstrop racket (140g). I used to play with Liquidmetal 120, Intelligence 130 and 120, but I found them too delicate and my drop shots or lobs vere not good at all.
Since I changed the weight of the racket for 140 g it makes a lot of difference.

Another advice – do not go necessarily for the "newest" stuff. Smetimes the models from te previous years are reasonably priced.

PS. Spending more money ... well, the rackets are volnureable, you know, few strong volleys on the wall will make their job. Believe me, it happened few times already.

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