Nick Matthew, along with Ramy Ashour are the two best players squash players in the world. Both use Dunlop squash rackets. This post focuses on the Dunlop Biomimetic Evolution 130 Squash Racket which Nick Matthew uses.
This racquet is an updated model of the Dunlop Aerogel 4D Evolution 120 that Nick played with last year. The primary differences are the additions of Dunlop’s newer tecnologies: Aeroksin, HM6 Carbon and the Gecko-Tac grip as well as the addition of 10g of weight.
The technologies I have covered in a previous post which you can read here. Although the racquet’s weight has increased 10g the balance has remained the same. It is a head light racquet. The addition of the 10g is quite helpful as it makes the racquet more usable for the average player. One of the biggest complaints of the Aerogel 4D Evolution 120 was that it was so light and head light in addition which made it a difficult racquet for most players to generate enough pace with to have a solid length game. The Biomimetic 130 being a little heavier overall does help a bit with this. It still requires the player to generate a lot of racquet head speed but it is not quite as dramatic as with the previous years model. It is a great racquet though for taking the ball early on the volley at the ‘T’ because of its light weight and head light balance. Both of these characteristics make it extremely quick to manoeuvre which is why it is so effective for volleying at the ‘T’.
Overall this is a great racquet for a player that is aggressive at the ‘T’ taking the ball on the volley and has the technique to be able to generate enough racquet head speed to have an effective basic length game.
We have the Dunlop Biomimetic Evolution 130 Squash Racquet available in our Pro Shop at a great price. Please check it out.
The specifications from Dunlop:
The Dunlop Biomimetic Evolution 130 squash racquet is handcrafted with a teardrop design for enhanced power whilst maintaining torsional stability through a small bridge in the throat area. This frame provides players of all levels lightweight power capability with an element of control. The racquet is constructed with graphite and features Dunlop’s new Biomimetic technology.
HM6 Carbon enhances racket feel; Aeroskin technology reduces aerodynamic drag making the racket faster through the air and the Gecko-Tac grip gives ultimate control in all conditions.
The racquet of Nick Matthew, PSA World Ranking #1.
The marketing information from Dunlop definitely features Ramy Ashour with the Dunlop Biomimetic Max. Having watched him play at the Australian Open, and not British Grand Prix the racquet he looks to be using is the one that he was using last season, that is based off the paint and the discussion of the commentators. The frame design of the racquet he is using the the Biomimetic Max appears to be the same. The paint does not appear to be the same, it looks like the racquet he used last season. The commentary over the last few tournaments I have watched on PSASQUASHTV.com has been consistent stating that it is a very light racquet, around 110g. The Biomimetic Max is a 140g racquet. Based off of what I have seen and heard watching his matches the last few tournaments it looks to me that while the new Dunlop Biomimetic Max has the frame shape as the racquet it is not exactly the same.
So what is he using? Perhaps something custom from Dunlop. It definitely has the name Max on it but it still does not seem to be the actual Max that is available at retail.
I have been playing squash all summer which is nice. I am in good match shape at this point and am ready to get more serious about match play.
Squash in the summer for me is about working on things. I try to go on court with the mindset that while I want to win the match that is not necessarily the most important part of the game. I try to come up with a part of the game I want to work on and focus on that. It might be movement in to the front corner. To work on this I might choose to play more boasts and drops then normal in an attempt to get counter drops out of my opponent. This gives me a chance to work on my movement in and out of the front corners. I might choose to work on my length game from the back court. To do this I might let balls pass that I would otherwise volley because I want to work on getting the ball past my opponent when I am stuck in the back corner.
When squash season starts it is time to start focusing more on things that make you successful on the court. For me that is very simple. I need to focus on being aggressive. I have to be aggressive to and from ‘T’. I need to have an aggressive mindset of wanting to really beat my opponent and to play the best possible point I can on each and every point. It also means for me that I need to focus on volleying. I play my best when I am very quick back to the ‘T’ and try really hard to never give it up by taking the ball on the volley whenever it is possible. It is a simple strategy but that is what works for me. Hopefully the work I have done throughout the summer on the other aspects of the game will pay off when it is needed but my focus is very clear that I want to dominate the ‘T’ and keep my opponent off of it.
What works for you? It is time to figure that out as squash season is starting and it is time to start winning your matches!
The Dunlop Biomimetic Max is part of Dunlop new offerings this year for squash. It is a head light racquet that has a different feel than most Dunlop racquets. Of the new Biomimetic series it is the stiffest racquet. It also has a fan-out string pattern which is unique to this racquet in the Biomimetic series. It is a 140g which is also the heaviest weight of the Biomimetic series of squash racquets.
This racquet is a good overall racquet for several reasons. It is head light which makes it good for taking balls on the volley while at the ‘T’. A head light racquet is good for volleying as it is more maneuverable thus quicker to react to the ball. Volleying in squash is critical as most players know as it takes time away from our opponent. While it is head light it also has enough mass though to provide decent assistance is hitting length shots with pace. If a racquet is too light it requires the player to generate racquet head speed through a faster swing which is difficult for most players to control and even maintain the ability to do throughout a match. The Dunlop Biomimetic Max is a very powerful racquet on its own which makes it great for hitting length. Volleying is often setup by a good basic length game and the Dunlop Biomimetic Max works well for both.
Here are the specifications of the Dunlop Biomimetic Max:
The Dunlop Biomimetic Max squash racquet is an ideal racket for any advanced/intermediate player looking for pure power. The teardrop head shape provides long main strings for greater string deflection enhanced by a Powermax string pattern. The racquet is constructed with graphite and features Dunlop’s new Biomimetic technology. HM6 Carbon enhances racket feel; Aeroskin technology reduces aerodynamic drag making the racket faster through the air and the Gecko-Tac grip gives ultimate control in all conditions.
Frame Weight: 140g
Balance: Head Light
Head Size: 500cm2
String Pattern: 14×18 Powermax
String Tension: 20-30lbs
Construction: HM6 Carbon
We have it in stock and at a great price in our online store.