So many squash players neglect their strings, even though proper stringing can make a huge difference to the way a racket performs.
If you play three or more times per week we recommend that you restring your racket at least three times a year to ensure optimum performance.
With time strings lose their elasticity, and even if you’re playing less frequently you should ideally still restring your racket at least a couple of times a year.
Our quick guide to restringing:
1. String tension
Every racket comes with a recommended string tension which is sometimes listed on the racket throat.
There is a common misconception when choosing squash racket strings that a higher string tension gives greater power; in fact the reverse is true. A higher or tighter string tension provides less power but increases control. This is because the string works like a trampoline. When the ball hits the racket it ‘catches’ then shoots the ball back out again with greater power.
Most rackets restring at 24-30 lbs.
2. String gauge.
Thin strings generally offer better control and feel but do tend to be less durable so can work out more costly to use as more frequent restrings may be required.
Thicker strings are more resistant but as they are generally less responsive there is a trade off. Squash strings generally range from 1.10mm – 1.30mm thickness. Thicker strings are available but these are really designed for tennis or racketball rackets.
3. String construction
There are different types of string:
Natural gut strings have great resilience and offer good control and touch. They do tend to be more commonly used in tennis rackets and can be very costly.
Most squash rackets come pre-strung by the manufacturers with synthetic strings and there are several types available i.e. monofilament (one solid piece), multifilament (many pieces intertwined) or nylon.
Most professionals tend to restring all their rackets with the same string and at the same tension. Some will use a thicker gauge for training and a finer gauge for match play.
Racket strings don’t necessarily have to break to need replacing. Once the strings are pulled to tension within a racket they will gradually lose elasticity even if they are not in use.
It may take some trial and error to find a string tension to suit your game.
Each time you take your racket for restringing keep a record of the string and tension selected so that you can stick with those which help you to perform at your best in future!
Blog courtesy of PDHsports.com
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