Here’s the Harrow Spark squash racket.
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 125 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.
Weight: Light (135 grams strung)
Balance: Head-Heavy (37.5 cm)
String Pattern: 14 x 19
Harrow Jonathon Power Custom Spark
Here’s the 2014 version of the Harrow Spark:
Image via controlthet.com
Buy (UK): pdhsports.com
Here’s my review. Hear why CJ called it an unfair advantage:
Rachael Chadwick was using the Harrow Spark at the 2016 British Nationals:
Photo via Steve Cubbins ∞
Here’s Nele Gilis at the 2016 British Open:
Photo via Steve Cubbins ∞
Harrow Spark – Original
Here’s the original paint job:
Buy (Canada): sportsvirtuoso.com
Buy (US): squashgear.com
Here’s Adrian Grant with his original Harrow Spark:
Image via SquashSite ∞
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:
Buy (US): amazon.com
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.
Harrow Spark Camo
Here’s a custom “camo” paint job on the Spark:
Photo via rackets-warehouse.com ∞
This is an exclusive custom racket for the Korean Website, rackets-warehouse.com. Thanks to Fred Chin for the tip.