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I had been to watch my dad play squash a few times when I was younger and finally decided to take the plunge into the fast moving sport, starting off with a £15 racquet bought from SportsDirect, which was fine for all of 2 weeks when it snapped at the neck from clipping the wall.
At that point I had decided that squash was the sport for me, so after doing a bit of research I found that Head's i110 racquets was one of the better on the market, coming in at just below £40 this was a bit of a risk as I may not even stick with the sport! However I am still playing now, and still using the same racquet, and this is why:
To get started the racquet is very nice to look at, with blue and yellow colouring it is very easy on the eye. The top of the racquet is slightly flattened off and apparently this is supposed to improve the power.
Weighing about 360g when it has been strung, makes this a real feather weight of a racquet. It is really nice to hold as it barely feels like you are holding anything in your hand, making swings very fluent. But do not let the weight full you, this racquet packs one hell of a punch.
The standard strings that come with the racquet feel real nice and the ball just absolutely rockets off when you hit it, it has a huge sweet spot, so for those who are less skilled at the sport this truly is an excellent racquet. The frame is PowerFrame technology, which is supposed to provide more power to each shot you make, I am not sure if this is just a gimmick, but I can vouch that the racquet really does possess a lot of power.
I have touched on this a bit already, but the racquet is really nice to hold, I have always been told that the racquet should "feel like an extension of your arm", and this racquet does exactly that. It gives you a lot of confidence as you move around the court.
When this racquet was new it retailed for around £160, which is a lot of money, but a few taps on Amazon shows that you can pick this up today for £42 which is an absolute treat and well worth the investment.
It is made of carbon layer, joined together with a special gel, making it extremely tough, and resistant to all the knocks that are usually thrown at it on a squash court.
So to summarise then, this is an exceptional racquet that packs one hell of a punch but comes in at just under 360g. The racquet is made carbon giving it superior strength to some of its competitors. At £42 I do not think you can really go wrong, if you are serious about squash
Being only an infrequent squash player I was reluctant to invest too heavily in a racket but was advised by players with far more knowledge than myself that paying £43 for a decent racket would be far more cheaper in the long run and provide more playing satisfaction than struggling with cheaper rackets and having them break at frequent intervals. So after some consultation I decided to go with the Head range and without much to compare with I paid £43 for this from Amazon and have no complaints.
The first thing noticeable about the racket is the fact that it is a very very light racket. It is much lighter than the other models I have used and at about 120 g it feels easy on the arms. Particularly useful when the game is in the last moments and your arms are heavy as bags of sand. Thus its comfortable to manoeuvre.
The selling point of this was the enlarged "sweet spot" on the head which supposedly improves your general game and provides better control for the player. Did I notice this? To be honest I did. The ball felt sweeter of the racket, able to get more power behind it and more control and one session where I was unable to use this I noticed the difference using an inferior racket. Its not going turn you into a marvel squash player over night but it will help with control and thus makes the games more fun as you aren't frustrated with the rackets.
The looks of the item are pretty standard and it comes with a head cover than can be expected. The strings are durable and the racket itself, although light, feels solid and well made and I have no breakages after about 40 hours use.
The grip is solid and well attached and the occasional problem with both tennis and badminton rackets too of the tape coming away is unlikely to occur.
All in all, despite the £43 price tag, I am glad I made the investment in this racket as it has no doubt improved my enjoyment of the game. As I said above pay decent money for this racket and chances are you wont need to invest again!
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