1. Prince F3 Agile
The famous Prince brand is not only excellent for advanced players and professional competitors, but is also a reliable and durable model of squash racquet that is perfect for beginners as well. The Prince F3 Agile is great for beginners, because it can withstand the abuse that learning squash comes with, making it an ideal practice racquet.
The F3 Agile is head light at 185g, a head size of 483 cm squared, a balance point at 314 mm, an overall length of 685 mm, and a string pattern of 16 mains by 17 crosses. The 16 by 17 pattern is very common and is the ideal pattern to start with.
Some of the best features of the F3 Agile by Prince is that it is very good for doubles weight and counters the doubles ball better than other racquets. For novices, the doubles ball, which is slightly heavier than the singles ball, needs a heavier racquet (about 140g in weight or more) to effectively counter the increased force from the heavier ball. This is an excellent model for learning the weight of different squash balls and how to counter the different types.
Another feature is the excellent string density, which is superior for control during deflections and hits. It is also very head light, with a center of mass closer to the butt—some may find this a con rather than a pro, but for beginners, this is a great way to offset the heaviness of the entire racket and put the control closer to the player’s hand until they get used to swinging and get better at precision hitting.
Overall, the F3 Agile by Prince is a great racquet for beginners and despite being heavy at 185g, I personally find this to be a good thing. When one begins to play squash, you will want to build up the muscles that are used in this unique game, and to do so, you do not want a light racquet, you want a heavier one. Once the novice gets used to the weight of the racquet and builds up a muscle memory in their swings, and gets to know how to counter the weight of singles and doubles balls, then they are ready for a lighter racquet for intermediate players.
Until that time, a heavier racquet that is durable and has great string density is the perfect squash racquet to play on to build up the arm and wrist muscles and to get a real feel for the motions that as a player, you will be using.
2. Dunlop Tempo Lite Ti
The Dunlop Tempo Light Ti sqush racquet is another perfect racquet for beginners. With a weight of 200g, it is even heavier than the Prince F3 Agile; with a head size of 525 square centimeters; and is factory strung, so beginners can immediately get playing and learning the game of squash.
The Tempo Lite Ti differs from other beginners’ racquets such as the Prince F3 Agile in the string pattern. The Dunop model has a string pattern of 16 main by 18 cross, while the Prince F3 Agile utilizes a 16 main by 17 cross. The added string cross in this pattern offers a more taught and dense pattern, which allows for powerful deflection. Depending on the player, this can help with precision hitting or take some getting used to. The pattern is not too dense, however, as to deflect the ball without control, which makes for a great beginner’s racquet.
The Dunlop Tempo Lite Ti also has excellent shock absorption, which helps as a beginner, to learn to become precise in deflecting and hitting.
It is also durable and can take some abuse that occurs during the learning period. With the Titanium Alloy construction, it is tough enough to handle this wear and tear while you learn to play. The heavier weight, in my personal opinion, helps as a beginner to get used to the racquet, to get used to holding and swinging it, and learning to control your swing and targeting.
Once you have become adept enough, when you buy an intermediate and eventually a pro racquet, it will pay off and having a lighter swing will allow for additional power and precision later on.
3. Prince AirO Lightning
For beginners who want a lighter racquet than the Prince F3 Agile and the Dunlop Tempo Light Ti models, then the perfect starter is the Prince AirO Lightning. This racquet weighs only 150 grams, has a head size of 75 square inches (484 square centimeters), a cross section of 18.5 to 10.5 mm, a balance to the handle at 350 mm, and string made of Nylon.
With a Technigrip handle, this racquet is a winning combination of consistent power and feel. This allows you to play your best shots from the center to the corners of the court. The AirO Lightning is a composite frame with O-ports at the top (at the 12 o’clock position). These giant O-ports give the racquet additional head speed through the air.
This racquet is great for those who do not want to learn on heavier racquets, but wish to start off light and work on their technique, precision, and control.
This racquet has a larger sweet spot as well, which is helpful for squash beginners to learn hitting and handling with enhanced hitting stability. This larger sweet spot will allow a novice to pin down their technique and eventually move on to racquets that are more advanced, once they have carved out their style, control, and precision hitting skills.
4. Wilson K Factor Tour Squash Racquet
Wilson is a brand that is known to just about everyone on the planet, alongside Spalding, as far as sports equipment goes. The Wilson K Factor Tour squash racquet is a highly rated and durable racquet for beginners. The head size is 72.5 square inches, the weight is a light 140 grams, and the balance is at 36 centimeters.
Along with the Prince AirO Lightening, the Wilson K Factor Tour is a racquet for those who want to begin or practice with a lighter and durable racquet in order to practice and master their technique, swing, precision hitting, and style that works best for them.
This is the racquet of choice for many top squash athletes, such as Peter Barker, who improved precision through the integration of K arophite black, and increased the power of center hits. Overall, the K Tour is amazing for novices. Power shots are excellent with this model and the player gets a feel for softer shots as well, which is important in order to learn and control center hits and precision skills.
The K Tour is also very forgiving on mis-hit shots, and is an all-around great racquet for beginners, as well as more advanced players who want to practice. Club B players love the light weight and the balance, and the control it offers. This is one of the more versatile of the best racquets for beginners, because this Wilson K Factor Tour can grow with the player, rather than staying as a beginner’s racquet. This is a five star racquet as far as I am concerned. Wilson brand has not let the world of sports down with this well rounded and excellent racquet.
5. Tecnifibre Dynergy MAX Squash Racquet
Not to be confused with Tecnifibre Dynergy 117, the MAX is exactly what its name suggests: a racquet that offers maximum power and tolerance in the hands of beginners, advanced players, and any squash player who wants to practice with a more flexible and reinforced squash racquet.
In my opinion, the best feature of this racquet that is noticeable right off the bat, is the long hand and the grip, which is comfortable and feels good in the hand. The amount of control this grip brings is excellent and makes for a great practice racquet, where it gets a lot of use.
The Tecnifibre Dynergy MAX has a reinforced structure at the base of the shaft and a 10% increase in flexion for additional power, which is why the grip, shaft, and Flexarm Technology makes this squash racquet a unique and exciting racquet for practice and beginners’ play.
The racquet is made of Graphite construction, has a frame weight of around 145g; a head size of 490 centimeters squared (76 square inches); a balance of 350 +/- 5mm; is pre-strung with Synthetic Gut; and an Absolute Squash grip (1.25).
The flexion this racquet offers and the reinforced structure, both allow for excellent power, deflection, and control of the grip. This racquet is great for beginners as well as those who practice often and need a lightweight and durable racquet that offers power plays and exciting gameplay. Eve pros love this racquet, which is what makes it so versatile and attractive to a wide base of squash players.
This racquet had the first Made in France strings, and made its way West to the United States as well as other countries, once the Tecnifibre brand made its name in excellent quality and construction.
The Tecnifibre Dynergy MAX is an excellent example of a versatile racquet for novice squash players, which can grow with the player as they advance.