Holding the racket can be a very fiddly business for players of all levels – this guide will help you grip a squash racket properly!
Lay the handle of the racket across the top of your palm so that it is resting just below the base of your fingers.
Make sure the racket is laying across the top of your palm at a slight angle, so that the side of the racket that will make contact with the ball is at an angle greater than 90 degrees. The racket face should not be facing straight towards the front wall or worse, pointing towards the floor at an angle smaller than 90 degrees like a tennis racket, which means the ball will always go downwards unless players go to great lengths with the wrist and lower arm.
The way the hand grips the racket is often described as being like shaking someones hand. This is a good way to imagine the basic grip. Ensure that your index finger, known here as the trigger finger, protrudes upwards slightly away from the rest of the fingers, making a V-Shape with the thumb.
It is universally recommended that you hold the racket in the middle of the grip. This is because it enables you to get a balance between power and control. The lower you hold the racket, the easier it is to achieve power and the higher you hold the racket the easier it is to achieve control. It is not necessarily wrong to hold it at the lower or upper end though, so feel free to experiment. If you are struggling for power or control on a consistent basis though, it might be best to hold the racket in the middle.
Lastly, your hold on the racket should be firm but not rigid. You can test this by having someone try to pull the racket out of your hand. If you are gripping it correctly, it should gradually slide out of your hand. If someone is tugging your racket fiercely and it won’t move, you are holding it far too tight.