Do You Need A Restring?
It doesn’t mean you only need a restring when your racket strings break. If you’re a frequent player (two or more times a week) we recommend that you restring your racket at least three times a year to ensure optimum performance.
One of the key reasons why is because all strings will lose their elasticity over time and deteriorate with frequent use. Additionally, strings tend to lose their tensions over time and this will have a negative impact on your court performance.
Here’s quick checklist to see if you can relate to any of these problems;
- Are your drives lacking in power?
- Do you find your drops not tight and controlled enough?
- Does your strings sound dull and dead?
- Do you have a broken string?
If you’ve answered YES to any of these questions, then your squash racket needs a new restring.
Why you should come to us?
- Based in Manchester, our team of stringers at SMASH have a wealth of experience stringing squash rackets and are ERSA qualified.
- We have a fast turnaround time of next day-pick up and sometimes we offer a 1 hour-turnaround **.
- Our prices are extremely competitive
- At our retail store you will find a wide range of squash strings to choose from.
- To ensure all squash rackets are strung to precise tensions, we use a top of the range Xpider Diamond BT Electronic stringing machine that has a precision of up to 0.1.
When you visit us we will carry out the following procedure to ensure your squash racket receives the highest quality of care.
- Inspect your racket frame thoroughly for any cracks and damages. We will not advise you to restring your racket if there are any visible cracks or significant damage to the racket frame.
- Inspect the grommets for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Damaged grommets will reduce the lifespan of a new string causing it to break much faster. When we receive your racket we will thoroughly inspect your grommet strip and advise you if it needs replacing.
- Provide you detailed advice on which string to choose. We know it can be very confusing with the wide range of strings and brands in the current market. Our team of stringers are have a wealth of experience with different squash strings will be able to provide tailored advice to suit your game. We will take into account what you are looking for; durability, power or control and offer detailed advice on which string will bring the best out of your game.
- Providing you with advice on the right tension for your game. String tensions are influenced by a variety of factors such as your style of play and the standard you play at. Our staff will identify the key points from your game and advice you on the best tension you should get to ensure you get the best performance possible.
Once the restring process is complete we will contact you via email or text message for you to come and pick up your freshly strung racket.
Choosing the right string and tension
Having the right string and tension plays a huge role in the performance of your game. Most people spend their time thinking about which squash racket they like while forgetting that the strings make actual contact with the ball.
If you need a restring and are struggling to decide which string and tension would suit your game then the following key points will provide you with a clearer idea.
The biggest misconception when choosing squash strings is that selecting a higher tension gives greater power. This is wrong and the reverse is actually true. A string that has a low tension bends more easily and provides a bigger repulsion when coming in contact with the ball. Conversely, a high tension provides less power but greater control.
Another difference is that a low tension provides a larger sweet spot on the strings. This means even off-centre hits will bounce off with great repulsion. A larger sweet spot will be especially beneficial for beginners who are still learning the right swing techniques and would tend to mishit frequently. Also if you prefer play with thin strings then choosing a lower tension will help to increase the durability of the strings significantly.
From our experience, the string tension which we advise our customers are
High tension (More control) : 28 -30 pounds
Average Tension (Balanced) : 25 – 27 pounds
Low Tension (More Power): Below 25 pounds
Please take note every racket comes with a recommended tension (normally along the throat) or racket frame. Exceeding this tension will void the warranty.
- String Gauge
Thin strings are much more elastic and tend to give you better power and control. The thinner the string the greater bite it has when it comes into contact with the ball, allowing you to put more spin on your shots. The downside is they tend to be less durable and tend to break faster.
Generally, squash strings range from 1.10mm – 1.30mm in thickness. Most strings come in gauges where higher numbers indicate thinner strings : 18 gauge is thinner compared to 17 gauge.
2.Types of Strings
Most new rackets come pre-strung with the manufacturers synthetic strings at an average tension. Some of the top strings we have in stock are listed below with our prices (Includes the string and professional restring service).
- Tecnifibre 305 (Bestseller) : £20
- Tecnifibre DNAMX : £20
- Ashaway Supernick ZX : £20
- Ashaway Multinick : £20
- Head Reflex : £15
- Prince Duraflex : £15