If you enjoy relieving stress by smashing a ball with a racquet but hate looking at your opponent, squash is a superb alternative to tennis, although passionate squash players will argue they are nothing alike, and passionate players of both will claim their sport is more difficult. We’re not here to show favor in any one direction, we just want to talk about the best squash racquets and how they can improve your game.
Squash racquets (or squash rackets, depending on where you’re from) aren’t just strangely shaped tennis racquets or oversized ping pong bats, and anyone who’s ever stepped into the TerrorDome – no wait, they just call it a court, whatever – will know you need to look for balance, striking area, weight, power, and control. The racquets we’ve selected today offer exactly that to ensure you step back out through those doors sweaty, yes, exhausted, yes, but also victorious.
The Best Squash Racquet
Our top pick for the best tennis racquets is the HEAD Nano Ti 110 which is boasts a lightweight design for comfortable handling that keeps you in control with a smart head heavy balance that’s ideal for beginners.
At 27 inches long and with 500 square centimeters of surface area, you can ensure an easy clean connection with the squash ball, while the strings are easily adjustable to find your desired tautness to guarantee spectacular performance against friends, colleagues, or even in competition.
Hand heavy balance
Full cover bag
27 inches long
Lots of power
Suitable for beginners
- Weight10.6 ounces
Combining graphite composition with a basaltex construction, the Tecnifibre Carboflex 130 is well worth the plus $100 you’ll need to splash out to add it to your squash gear arsenal. It’s factory strung to the highest quality, while the secure grip ensures excellent, easy handling even deep into the game.
The head size measures at a sufficient 500 centimeters squared, and the balance rating is 365 mm. The frame is sturdy and can take quite the battering, while the lightweight design complements the heavy head to ensure fantastic control and performance on the court.
- Weight8 ounces
One thing we love most about reviewing sports gear is how cool the names sound sometimes and the Harrow Vapor is a fantastic example of this with the quality to back it up. It’s evenly balanced and powerful but also ensures excellent control and is lightweight enough that you won’t feel pain around your shoulder too quickly.
This lightweight feel is made possible with its graphite construction, and although it’s not as sturdy as others – try not to strike against the wall too much – you’ll still get a fair amount of power with every shot, even if you don’t consider yourself that strong, anyway.
- Weight6.4 ounces
Harrow 2016 M-140
Less cool-sounding but no less effective, the Harrow 2016 M-140 harks back to a more classic style and is perfect for those who want to look like they’ve been playing squash even longer than they’ve been alive.
Seriously, though, it’s a stylish racquet that can back it up with performance. The double frame is stable, while the extra-forgiving connection ensures an easy, comfortable learning curve for beginners and intermediates alike. This also makes it fantastic for big hitters, allowing for control and quality with every strike.
380 mm balance
Suitable for big hitters
- Weight6.4 ounces
The Harrow Bancroft delivers even balance combined with high quality construction to ensure excellent performance on the court. Like the M-140, it’s a great option for doubles competition, but will also serve (ha) you well when practicing or playing solo.
The forgiving head shape ensures easy striking with a surface area perfect for those who always struggle with getting the cleanest hits around and while you may have some concerns about maneuverability, you won’t find any issues, and it’s actually one of the more accommodating racquets we’ve selected.
High quality construction
Ideal for doubles
Easy to maneuver
Forgiving head shape
- Weight6.4 ounces
The Black Knight Ion Cannon PowerSurge is a high performing and high quality option for those seeking to maximize their hits with power almost unseen in the world of squash, or at least on the court you play on. It’s well-balanced and boasts a 500 square centimeter surface area to allow for clean, reliable strikes even when you’re running on autopilot and the large sweet spot is something all players look for.
At just 135 grams, you’ll get a dynamic weight that toes the line perfectly between easy handling while also guaranteeing great control to go along with the aforementioned power that’s sure to add an extra element to your game.
135g dynamic weight
Supernick XL Micro string
500 cm squared string area
Suitable for intermediate and advanced players
- BrandBlack Knight
- Weight1.2 pounds
Conversely, the HEAD Extreme is closer to the other side of the proficiency spectrum and is an excellent choice for those just starting or for anyone with a little experience who needs an additional racquet for practice or casual games.
This option provides stability, durability, and performance at an excellent and highly reasonable price while still boasting some of the high quality materials you’d typically expect to find with more expensive options. The Innegra hybrid composite is tough but also lightweight, while the heavy head provides great balance and control when on the court.
Ideal for beginners and intermediates
Grip size 4
3 available sizes
Full cover bag with strap
- Weight5.1 ounces
Professionals (or those who believe they’re professionals) looking for the best of the best squash racquets around should look no further than the HEAD Graphene Touch Radical Slimbody. This option provides the perfect balance of power and precision thanks to corrugated technology, graphene construction, and a fantastic feel with every strike.
The head is shock absorbing to ensure greater control and an unparalleled touch that’s well worth spending the almost-$200 for add it to your collection. The grip is not as large as our previous pick, but it’s still enough to deliver comfortable and secure handling when the game goes right down to the wire.
Corrugated Technology (CT2)
Grip size 3 7/8
Two string patterns
Improved shock absorption
- Weight4.8 ounces
With a midsize head and 365mm balance point, the Karakal SN-90 Fast Fibre is a powerful monster of a squash racquet ideal for those who prefer the smash and grab approach above all other techniques.
This popular squash racquet boasts a Grove power system that works in tandem with the ‘A’ power shaft to terrify your opponent into making mistakes while you enjoy searing, soaring shots with every swing. The 120 string hot zone ensures superb accuracy and reliability while also delivering a stylish style that may just make you the envy of the courts.
Grove power system
‘A’ power shaft
Full racquet cover
365mm balance point
PU Super Grip
120 string hot zone
- Weight12 ounces
Last, our final pick in our search for the best squash racquet is also our selection for the best value racquet on the market. The Black Knight Bandit 3 is an excellent choice for the rebels of the court and despite its cheaper price and simple design, will still have opponents shivering in despair once you step onto the court.
Constructed using graphite and bellerium and with a 500 cm square striking area, you’ve got a great combination of durability and reliability to ensure quality performance, excellent grip, and a comfortable, lightweight feel with every swing.
High modulus graphite and bellerium
500 cm square area
Ideal for advanced and intermediate players
- BrandBlack Knight
- Weight10.2 ounces
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