Choosing your Squash Strings
…considering gauge, tension, head size & string pattern
Ideal string type
Choosing the ‘ideal’ string type and tension for your squash racket restring can be simple, or as technical you like. Below we offer some basic information that will allow you to make a more informed decision about your string choice. If you need any further technical information or advice please call us. We’re very happy to offer you all the help you need to make an ideal choice for you and your playing style.
Please note that we offer a special introductory stringing price or include the restring free of charge (dependent on choice of racket) when purchasing a new racket. So you may find the price different to that found in our in-store stringing price list.
Factors to consider
When choosing a string for your squash racket, there are a number of factors to take into consideration such as gauge, tension, head size and string pattern.
Squash strings are mostly between 1.10-1.30mm in thickness. You can get gauges outside of this, but this range is by far the most popular. A thinner gauge will offer you more power, feel, comfort and spin/cut potential. Whereas, a thicker string will increase durability, however, you will sacrifice feel, comfort and power.
A lower tension will help you to generate more power, much like a trampoline would with looser springs! Increasing your tension will aid you in offering more control, but any mis-hits may result in breaking your strings more frequently. Most squash rackets are strung between 23-28lbs. There is no right or wrong answer on this, tension is very much personal preference but it’s worth taking the recommended range for your racket into account. The manufacturers have chosen it for a reason so stringing within their recommendations would generally offer you the optimum level of playability from the racket.
Head size & stringing pattern
Head size and stringing pattern do play a big part in determining what set up is right for you. A racket with a ‘tear drop’ head shape will have a bigger sweet spot, compared to a racket with a ‘closed throat’. Stringing these at the same tension, string and gauge will still result in both rackets playing very differently. The same applies for the stringing pattern. A more closed stringing pattern will offer you more durability and control. Whereas, a more open stringing pattern will help you to create more spin/cut potential and bring more feel, power and comfort. However, mixing an open stringing pattern with a thin gauge may result in you breaking strings more quickly.
Best selling squash strings
Below are a few examples of our best sellers:
One of the most popular strings in the squash world and by far our best seller. Great combination of power, control and feel. Maximum shock absorption.
Tecnifibre X-One Biphase
A string that combines the best of both worlds. Outstanding durability for such a thin gauge. Biphase technology pre-stretches the fibre to offer 20% more durability and greater spin control.
A braided nylon outer wrap lets you cut into the ball like never before and a multifilament construction brings a gut like feel to the string.
Again, for any further help on the above please give us a call. We can help to make your selection less stressful and choosing the right string is important!