Can a good squash racquet improve your game?
Unfortunately, it’s not about a good racquet; it’s about the right racquet.
A racquet that works well for me may not work well for you. For instance, very rarely would you find two professional players favouring the same model of squash racquet.
Sponsorship certainly has something to do with it. That aside, each player selects racquets based on their personal preferences and the style of their game.
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Before you get into specific models of racquets, you should be aware of the squash racquet brands that are out there.
So, here’s the list.
Dunlop has been in the business of sports for over a hundred years. Primarily known for their tennis racquets and golf equipment, Dunlop, a British company, is listed as the official ball and racquet of PSA tournaments.
Nick Matthew and Gregory Gaultier, two top PSA professionals, use Dunlop racquets.
Wilson, the sporting goods company, has its roots in the meat-packing business from which it expanded to manufacturing tennis strings. Wilson has become a sporting powerhouse with products spanning multiple sports.
PSA players Peter Barker and Nicholas Müller use Wilson racquets.
Prince is a company that has its roots in Atlanta, Georgia, but gets its name from Princeton, New Jersey from where its founder Robert McClure hailed.
Prominent squash professionals who use Prince include top-ranked WSA player Nicol David, PSA players Ramy Ashour, and James Willstrop.
Head was started by Howard Head, an American businessman. Originally lunched as a company that manufactured alpine skis, Head has come a long way and is a major supplier of racquets and sports accessories.
Recently retired Karim Darwish, and Laura Massaro, the third ranked WSA player, are known to use Head racquets.
Technifibre, a French company, has its roots in racquet strings and stringing machines. Technifibre is a late entrant into the world of racquets and has been adopted by a number of professional tennis players.
Karakal is a Belgium based company named after the wild cat Karakal (or Caracal) which translates to “Black Ears” in Turkish. If you look closely at the image shown here, you can see the similarity between the cat’s ears and company’s current logo.
Cameron Pilley recently used his Karakal racquet to break his own world speed record by hitting a squash ball at a whopping 176 miles per hour!
Black Knight is a Canadian company that manufactures racquets for squash and badminton. Unlike other racquet manufacturers, Black Knight has stayed away from venturing into the larger tennis market.
Daryl Selby from England, and the retired Australian David Palmer are prominently featured on Black Knights website.
Harrow was founded in the year 2000 and is based in Denver, Colorado. Harrow’s range of products cover a wide spectrum of sports that include squash, hockey and lacrosse.
Players who use Harrow racquets include the Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema, and the number two raked WSA player Raneem El Weleily,
Oliver Racket Company was originally founded in Australia but has come to be known as a German brand.
The most prominent player who uses Oliver is Germany’s own Simon Rösner.
Victor is a brand known more in the badminton circles than squash. Victor has gained popularity among players in European countries like Germany and Austria.
Prokennex and Feather are brands that seem to have their glory days behind them and round-up the list of twelve squash racquet manufacturers.
Conspicuous by their absence in the world of squash are two major racquet brands – Babolat and Yonex.
So what’s your racquet? Do you believe that a racquet can make a difference to your game?