Broken Squash rackets

mfacey

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Today I broke my third squash racket in less than 2.5 years of playing. I only play an hour or two a week so its not like I'm really over-using the things. So far I've broken two 80+ euro Prince rackets and one 90 euro Head racket. What's the deal here? My friend has had a Dunlop (albeit a slightly cheaper one) for nearly 2.5 years and he really isn't very careful with it. Nonetheless, its still in one piece!

Anybody else have similar problems? What brand of racket do you recommend for me in the future?
 

UKnjb

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Hi! sorry about the duplicate thread ------
Me, I have had many different makes of racket and, while they last, they all seem much of a muchness. To get to your problem, I have gone and broken one within 5 or so minutes of playing with it for the first time from new (my fault). Others have lasted varying times and my oldest seems never to die despite all that I throw at it. Maybe I am not so aggressive with it. Do you think that with a newer, lighter racket, you go for it a bit more and ---- well, **** happens?
 

mfacey

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The duplicate thread is a little odd indeed. Dunno why that happened.

Anyway, I also have noticed that my oldest racket is still in good shape (played and won with it today :D ). My theory is that because the rackets keep getting lighter they also keep becoming more fragile. That bothers me though. I like my rackets light and not too top heavy. But it looks like all the rackets I've had so far that fit in that description are fragile. Its a real bummer!
 

calculus

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I have never ever broken a squash racket in over thirty years - is that a record?
 

OutThere

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calculus said:
I have never ever broken a squash racket in over thirty years - is that a record?
I haven't broken one in 18 years....


then again I've only ever played one game of squash in my entire life...:p
 

UKnjb

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mfacey said:
Anyway, I also have noticed that my oldest racket is still in good shape (played and won with it today :D ). My theory is that because the rackets keep getting lighter they also keep becoming more fragile. That bothers me though. I like my rackets light and not too top heavy. But it looks like all the rackets I've had so far that fit in that description are fragile. Its a real bummer!
I agree with you about wanting them light and not too top-heavy, but I cannot agree with the fragility. I am sure that they have equivalent structural strengths, but reckon that because they 'seem' so more playable, you go for the slightly 'iffy' shots purely because the rackets are so light. When I look back on how/why they break, it always seems to me that I was trying too hard and being incompetent! :eek:

And, as a PS, I cannot recommend a favourite as you requested. Sorry.

calculus said:
I have never ever broken a squash racket in over thirty years - is that a record?
Reckon it might well be! Hurrah for calculus!!!! Wooo wooo wooo! Yeah, go calculus! :)
 

OutThere

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gwuMACaddict said:
are you whacking the walls with them? scraping the floor trying to scoop a shot?

you sound like a scary person to play squash with... :D
Maybe whacking winning opponents over the head? :p
 

XIII

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I broke one after about 8/9 months of use. But that was from me hitting it against the wall in anger. Whole frame splintered. :p Now I have a nice Head one, £60 or so, so I'm a little more careful how hard I whack the wall in anger. ;) I try to kick it instead.
 

XIII

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gwuMACaddict said:
i think you were better before... risking a raquet instead of a toe...;) :D
Perhaps... ;)

Anyway, I won yesterday, so only a few racket throws/kicks. Grr just thinking about it makes me frustrated at some of my missed shots.. :)
 

mfacey

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I broke my first racket by whacking the wall out of frustration. Didn't really help though, I still lost :rolleyes:
I've tried kicking the wall instead by fractured my toe in doing so, which also didn't help me win. :D

So yeah, I try being slightly more careful, but it doesn't seem to be working. I guess its just an expensive sport the way I play. :)