Maurizio from Switzerland asks:
i recently restringed my squash racket, and the guy (restringer) asked me if i want a different tension for vertical and horizontal Strings
1.i know its a usual practice on tennis racquet, but my question is, are this difference also applied on squash racquets?
2.i own an old racquet that i like from the 90’s (prince Extender) and i noticed the head surface (area) is a lot smaller than on my new one. Should i restring it less tighter to achieve the same trampoline effect (power effect)? or the area does not’ affect the trampoline effect?
I have never tried stringing the mains and crosses at different tensions. I suspect that I would not be able to tell the difference.
There is a nice thread here where a few readers discussed this topic in more detail.
My takeaway from reading the thread is it’s fun and worthwhile to experiment with different setups, but probably not a major difference other than affecting the net tension of the string bed somewhat.
As for the second question about the Prince Extender: another good question, and I’m not sure of the answer. My guess is that using a given tension would feel even tighter on the Extender than on a modern frame.
Although I wasn’t able to help Maurizio very much with his questions, I’ll leave the post open for comments below in case anyone wants to chime in – thanks!