This is a cool post from Squash Coach Philip. I remember my dad used to play with a guy who had a prototype racket — no idea what brand — but it was the same thing as described below: the prototype was pretty much indestructible.
I have something rather unusual and special for you today. These images are of prototype rackets for the Dunlop squash range in 1995.
Prototype rackets were always the best rackets. The factory would produce very high quality samples to convince the brand to buy them.
As Squash Promotions Manager for Dunlop Slazenger, I used to test the variations and report back to various people in the company. I would then loan the rackets to various coaches and players and get feedback.
I acquired these from Dean Clayton, a professional squash ref. I had lent them to him back in around 1994.
I can’t remember the models they are or even if we actually went into production with them.
Obviously, they have no design as they are just to test. What’s interesting about these is that the black one has staggered strings.
I’ll try to find the range for 1995/6 and see if I can identify the models.
Dean actually wants them back as he has been using them all this time.
The rackets are 25 years old, used regularly and are still going strong!! That shows you how well the prototypes were made.
For those that are interested, the black one weighs 206 grams and the purple one 202.5