Squash strings are an under-emphasized piece of squash equipment. Most people spend tons of time thinking about which squash racket they like, forgetting that it’s the squash strings that actually make contact with the ball. And I must admit, I’ve been that guy on occasion.
Best Squash Strings
While some squash rackets come pre-strung with a premium squash string — for example, Black Knight squash rackets are pre-strung with Ashaway, and of course Tecnifibre squash rackets are pre-strung with Tecnifibre — most squash racket manufacturers string their rackets with an in-house brand of string.
Personally, I have a slight preference for the premium brands, but I find the factory strings to be acceptable.
So what’s the best string for you? There’s no simple answer. The best thing to do is try out different strings at different tensions and see what works best for you.
About Squash Strings
Here are some basics about strings. Firstly, to get more power, string at a lower tension or use thinner string. Conversely, higher tension / thicker string gives you more control.
The reason is, well, think about it like a trampoline — if it’s very stiff, it won’t bounce you as high, but it’ll be easier to control your bounces. A loose trampoline will bounce you higher, but will be more difficult for you to control.
If you string your racket at a high tension, it makes for a stiffer trampoline, so less bounce (less power) but more control. When you string at a lower tension, the string bed will be bouncier, so more power, but less control. I would say a high squash racket string tension (more control) is 29 pounds, average is 27 pounds, and low tension (more power) is 25 pounds.
String thickness is also a factor. The thinner the string, the bouncier the trampoline will be, and the more power you’ll have. The thickness also affects the durability of the string — the thinner the string, the more it’ll be prone to breakage. For squash strings, 1.1mm is thin (more power / less durable), 1.2mm is medium, and 1.3mm is thick (less power / more durable).
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