Squash is a fast-paced racquet game that requires the right equipment to be successful on the court. Choosing the right racket, ball and clothing can be a bit confusing for beginners, so it's important to know what to look for when choosing equipment. In this article, we will help you choose the right squash racket, balls and other equipment for squash.
How to choose a squash racket?
If you want to choose the ideal squash racket, there are several factors to consider - your level of play, physical condition and style of play. For beginners, we recommend a racket with a lower weight and higher damping, which will allow easier control of the ball. For advanced players, on the other hand, we recommend a racket with a higher weight and lower damping, for better control of the game and faster shots. Style of play also plays a role in the selection - for example, if you play a defensive style, you may like a racquet with a larger sweet spot, while if you play an offensive style, you may like a racquet with a smaller sweet spot.
What is the sweet spot?
This is the place in the string of the racket that is referred to as ideal for bouncing the ball. By hitting it, the best shot can be achieved. The larger the head of the racket, the larger the sweet spot and thus the easier it is to hit. On the contrary, rackets with a smaller head size have a smaller sweet spot, and to play with them, the player should have excellent control of the technique.
Squash racket string
The squash racket is woven with strings that affect the softness and flexibility of the racket. Less tension on the strings generates more boost, whereas if you have more tension on the racket, you will have more control over it. The appropriate tension of the string is specified by the manufacturers. It is also necessary to pay attention to the correct selection and regular service of strings. As the number of hours played increases, the plot loses its game properties and the quality of the game itself decreases with it.
Grips for squash racket
Grips for the handle of the squash racket are used to protect the handle and improve the grip of the racket. They also help eliminate calluses on the hands caused by playing. Grips are divided into basic and upper (overgrips).
How to choose a squash ball?
Choosing the right squash balls is very important. The balls are differentiated according to the players' experience. For beginners, fast balls are recommended, which bounce more and, thanks to this property, the ball lasts longer in the game. The individual colors of the dots on the squash ball indicate different characteristics of the ball. You can easily choose a slow ball with minimal bounce for experienced players and a fast ball with more bounce for beginner squash players. A squash ball wears out over time and loses its playing properties. The air pressure inside the ball decreases and overall damage to the ball increases. In general, balls with less bounce will wear faster than balls with more bounce.
Squash goggles are a great accessory for any game. Effectively protects your vision from every possible collision with the ball. Made from durable materials, these glasses are designed to be comfortable and easy to wear. Some models also offer anti-fog layers or venting to reduce possible fogging of the windows. Such glasses are important to protect the eyes from injury and should therefore be a part of squash equipment for all players, and especially those who play at a higher level.