What should be in your bag:
4 racquets with the same grips, string and string tension (strings may break during matches, so it is best to have back-ups. Beginner - 2 racquets, Intermediate - 3 racquets, Advanced - 4 racquets.
A spare racquet with the same string and grip is essential as we have seen many times a player break their favourite racquet and have to borrow another players racquet that is totally different and quickly lose because of the frustration that the equipment isn’t the same.
- Squash Shoes (spare squash shoes that have been worn, brand new shoes will be stiff on first wear)
- A wrist band for each match (spare wrist band if the conditions are very warm)
- Head band for each match
- 2 towels
- 2 + Extra grips
- T-shirts for each match (plus a spare shirt for each match especially in hot conditions)
- Sport socks for each match (plus 3 spare pairs)
- Shorts for each match (plus 1 spare pair)
- 2 sets of string (some events have restringing on-site, but it is unusual you are able to get a restring done straight away)
- Skipping rope (warm-up)
- Therma band for stretching (cooling down)
- Muscle mate/tennis ball /hockey ball (recovery)
- Squash balls
- Drink bottle / Sports Drink (Powder) / Banana / Protein Energy Bar (during performance & recovery)
- Music / Headphones / A good book (mental performance)
- Rules Booklet
- Practice Etiquette Document - By East Coast Squash Academy
- Toilet Bag
- Medical Kit – check out our next blog for the medical kit content.
Not only is it important to have spare kit but also essential to have plenty of drinks and food for fuel. Whilst waiting for matches it is an idea to keep your mind occupied with music, a book or puzzles.
Some kit examples can be seen below: