I’m writing from Bogotá, Colombia. I’m a mother of an eleven-year-old girl. She started to practise this sport last July 2015 and she needs a new racket. As the sport is entirely new to us, I haven’t the faintest idea which racket would suit her taking into account features such us quality, weight, easy-to-use and price (value for money). I’d be really grateful if you could give us some insight into this matter.
Personally, my own son is 8 and he has taken a few squash lessons at this point. I discussed the racket question with the pros at my club and they seemed to recommend that juniors start out with one of the shorter rackets, such as the ones I’ve posted under Junior Squash Rackets. (I believe my son used the Dunlop Force Revelation Junior.) The shorter length makes it a bit easier to make contact when you are first training your brain to judge the distance between yourself and the ball.
I got the impression from the pros that once a player feels comfortable they can make the leap to full-size rackets, which will give them more power. And sure enough, after a few lessons, my son switched to a full-size racket and seemed comfortable with it. I believe the pros lent him one of the MORtal rackets they had in the shop.
So, what’s a good full-size racket for a child? I would think the best option is something that’s not too heavy, since they are usually not strong yet and are still working on technique. “Too heavy” is a bit subjective. Personally I suspect something with a frame weight of 130 or less is ideal.
Another factor is the price. I would go for something not too expensive, because hey, they’re a child, but also a junior may be prone to breaking rackets, and may also not stick with playing squash. “Too expensive” is also subjective. Personally, I would look for something under $100.
In order to get an inexpensive, not-too-heavy racket, I think the best thing to do is look at rackets that are a couple years old. The latest rackets are going to be more expensive, but retailers often discount the rackets that are a couple years old just to get them out of stock.
A friend of mine bought his son, who’s 9, a Prince Airstick Lite, which is $90 right now. He seems happy with the purchase.
Readers, what do you think? If you have any advice for Sandra, or any specific rackets to recommend, please leave a comment below!