Squash racquet strings don't necessarily have to break to need replacing. Yes, SSC leagues are pretty casual, but If you're playing frequently (three or more times per week) we recommend that you restring your racquet at least three times a year to ensure optimum performance as all strings will lose their elasticity and deteriorate over time. Once the strings are pulled to tension within a racquet they will gradually lose elasticity even if they are not in use. Many players neglect their strings, even though proper stringing can make a huge difference to the way a racquet performs.
Here's our quick guide to squash racquet restringing:
- STRING TENSION: Every racquet comes with a recommended string tension which is sometimes listed on the throat of the racquet. There is a common misconception when choosing squash racquet 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 racquet it ‘catches' then shoots the ball back out again with greater power.
- STRING GAUGE: Thin strings generally offer better control and feel but do tend to be less durable, so they may end up being more costly as more frequent restrings may be required. Thicker strings are more resistant but as they are generally less responsive there is a tradeoff. Squash strings generally range from 1.10mm – 1.30mm thickness. Thicker strings are available but these are really designed for tennis or racquetball racquets.
- STRING CONSTRUCTION: There are different types of strings:
- Natural strings have great resilience and offer good control and touch. They do tend to be more commonly used in tennis racquets and can be very costly.
- Synthetic strings. Most squash racquets come pre-strung by the manufacturers with synthetic strings and there are several types available
- BUDGET: Budget will undoubtedly be a factor for most people.
Finally, it may take some trial and error to find a string tension that suits your game. Each time you take your racquet for restringing keep a record of the string and tension selected so that you can stick with the combo which helps you to perform at your best.