Stringing

A Guide to Squash Stringing

Introduction

The performance of your racquet can be changed by selecting proper re-stringing and various tensions and strings. Are you looking for less vibration, more power and more bite on the ball? If yes the, get your squash racquet a professional stringer. Using the correct string at proper tension will make your racquet perform in the best way give its 100%.

Types of strings

To find the right tension and string, a little hard work is required. This is because while playing so many factors have to be considered. Squash strings available in the market are in many forms. They vary each other in construction, composition and thickness (gauge). When selecting right tension and string, type of racquet you buy also matters. It depends on how often you want it to be re-stringed. Your personal preference, skill level and style of play decide which type of racquet should be purchased.

Thick and thin gauge

Let’s first discuss the thickness (gauge) of the string. This is one of the important decisions you have to make. Generally, 17 gauges is used in strings and for thinner, it is 18 gauges. The difference is that thicker gauge provides durability and control whereas thinner gauge provides more power. Durability factor is very easy to understand, but the other two namely power and thickness have to be elaborated a little more. The power in thinner comes from the trampoline effect. This effect is produced as thinner strings stretch more than thicker strings. More strings stretch out more power comes.

Durability, control, and power

Thicker strings are stiff. When the ball hits the strings, the bed remains flat. With these strings, a ball can easily be controlled and if you know how to control your ball, it simply means you will win. So in simple words we can summarize it all by saying the 17 gauge strings give durability and control whereas 18 gauge strings give more power. The tension of the racquet has many opinions. Every squash player has a different opinion. The string should be tight or loose or should have power or control? All these things are to be carefully thought before buying a squash racquet.

According to manufacturer’s information and various studies, tighter string racquets enhance the control and loose string racquets give more power. If you are a good player then tight strings would always be preferred. Sometimes power is not all that you need. There is a specific tension range in each racquet and it can be generally in between 20 to 40lbs. tighter strings always have a risk of breakage. The tension of the string is determined to strike a happy medium, minimize your weakness and to emphasize on your strength.

Conclusion

As mentioned above power is not always required. People who are power players will always prefer strong string racquets as they want control over the ball and game as well. Individuals who are less energetic can go for thinner strings, so that control the game in other ways. Racquet and string work hand in hand. To find an exact tension trial and error method is always available. Before playing any championship make sure that your squash stringing is done perfectly. You must know where and how your ball can bounce and hit.

If you’d like a a professional to string your squash racquet, check out ATR Sports, a squash stringing shop in Toronto.

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