Here’s the Harrow Spark squash racket that both Adrian Grant and Latasha Khan have been playing with.
This racket is also known as the Harrow Jonathon Power Custom Spark. I gather under the direction of Jonathon Power, they took the Harrow Vapor and shaved off a few grams of weight to create the Spark. They say it’s 135 grams and that’s including the weight of the strings so yeah it’s pretty light. (It’s 120 grams unstrung.)
If you buy this racket, what happens is Jonathon Power gets an alert. He immediately goes downstairs to his squash lair, and takes a brand new Vapor out of the wrapper. He slowly, methodically whittles off parts of the racquet until it is the perfect weight and he cannot remove a single ounce more. Then, in one fluid motion, he hand-paints his signature onto the frame. He then places the racket onto a special pillow made of old bandanas used during competition play. He lights a candle, and then sprinkles onto the racket some rubber that he has previously shaved off a squash ball using a microplane. And then, he ships the racket to you.
Here’s Adrian Grant with his Harrow Spark:
Image via SquashSite ∞
Harrow Spark 2014
Here’s the 2014 version of the Harrow Spark. For this one, Jonathon Power got wise and just had a bunch made in China.
Image via controlthet.com
Harrow Spark Kasey Brown Signature
Also just wanted to give a quick shout-out to Kasey Brown’s Harrow Custom Spark, which I have to say looks pretty cool.
Here’s Kasey at the 2012 US Open:
Donna Urquhart “The Wave” Harrow Custom Spark
Photo from from Donna’s Twitter feed ∞
Check out this picture of Donna Urquhart’s signature racket, The Wave, which is a custom paintjob of the Harrow Spark. The racket is styled with waves, after Donna’s love of surfing:
Thanks to a reader named Bopper for spotting this photo on Twitter, and another reader named D for the tip that this custom racket is based off the Harrow Spark frame.
As luck would have it, I actually got a glimpse of the genuine article in my league match earlier this week. Someone on the opposing team was actually playing with The Wave! He said he really liked the feel of it and since he’s sponsored by Harrow he was able to get a few for himself.
Here’s the product photo:
And here’s Donna:
Photo of Donna via SquashSite’s Facebook page ∞
Anyhow, you can pick up this racket directly from Harrow’s Website.