Master the correct squash grip as early as you can and you will save yourself months of trying to undo bad habits.
The correct way to grip the squash racquet can feel quite counter-intuitive when you first start to play. Many people tend to use a “tennis-style” grip of the racquet – a clenched fist with all four fingers wrapped around at a 90°angle to the racquet. The player has little control over the racquet in this position and it will be very difficult to master the touch shots that experienced players play with ease.
Correct squash grip
The correct squash grip is often described as being like shaking someone’s hand. The index finger extends upwards and slightly away from the rest of your fingers, pointing up the length of the racquet.
The index finger and thumb should be making a V shape. This V shape should rest against the side of the racquet so that when you are looking at the V the racquet will look like flat line.
In this position any force applied to the racquet head from either side will be resisted by either the index finger or the bottom of the palm depending on which side the force is applied.
Correct positioning of squash grip
Before I continue it’s important to understand what could be some confusing terminology. The word “grip” can have two meanings in the world of squash. It can mean the manner in which you hold the racquet, or it can equally mean the part of the racquet that might otherwise be called the “handle”.
I’m glad that’s cleared up – it should make this next part much easier to follow!
You should hold the racquet in the middle of the grip. This is because this positioning enables the player to balance both control and power. Holding the grip close to the head of the racquet gives the player far more control over the ball, whereas holding the grip much lower and close to the end bestows the player with more power.
That’s not to say that you should always hold the racquet in the middle of the grip. As you become more experienced you will become more adept at switching your grip during play to adapt to what is required – you might find your hand moving up and down the grip as you adjust to what is required in order to respond to your opponent.
While you are learning, it is recommended that you hold the racquet in the centre of the grip until you get a sense of when a shot may require more control/power.
How tight should I hold the racquet?
Your hold on the racquet should be firm but not too tight. Should someone try and pull the racquet from your hand it should slide out of your hand with ease.
If someone is tugging at the racquet with no success then you are holding the racquet far too tightly and this is no good for the range of movement required for a game of squash.
Buying replacement grip
The grip of your racquet can become worn over time but this is not a sign that you need to replace your racquet. This simply indicates that you should replace the grip of the racquet.
There are two different types of grip tape available: regular grip type that is designed to replace the grip tape that came with your racquet, and “overgrip” tape that is designed to enlarge the grip of the racquet for larger hands. Quality overgrip tape can be bought here.