Sometimes readers ask me whether they should switch from their current squash racket to a new or different model.
My general advice is if you’re happy with your current racket, stick with it. You’re better off buying a second copy of your current racket, so you have a backup in case your primary breaks.
Anytime you switch to a new racket, there’s always an adjustment period. Why suffer through that? Especially when most squash rackets made today are good quality, which means you’d likely just switch from one good racket to another. As a very rough guideline, if you’ve paid more than $100 for your racket, it’s probably good quality.
If you REALLY want to try out some hot new model, then by all means go for it. I understand the impulse — after all, I’m running a squash equipment blog here — but what I’m trying to say is that the new racket probably won’t improve your performance all that much. It’ll look cooler though, and there’s nothing wrong with that!
If you don’t like your current racket, or it has gone out of print, then you’ll have to get a new one. I’ve put together a list of my top recommended squash rackets here.
If possible, when looking for a new racket, try and get your hands on a demo to hit with. That’s a good way to get a feel for different racket designs without actually having to buy the rackets up front. Many pro shops have demos, and some online retailers have a demo program. You can also try and borrow your friends’ rackets for a hit.