Monthly Archives: January 2013

Ramy Ashour and the Prince Airstick 130

Ramy Ashour using the Prince Airstick 130 Squash Racquet
Picture courtesy of Worldsquash.org

Since the start of the 2013 Tournament of Champions there has been a great deal of conversation about Ramy Ashour and the racquet he is playing with.  We have definitely seen a spike in visits to our site about him and the racquet he is playing with.  So what is he playing with?  As the title of this post would indicate he is playing with his old favourite as pictured here, the Prince Airstick 130. The picture above is old but was a good shot of him with the Airstick 130. From what I have read he is no longer sponsored by Dunlop and is therefore free to play with what ever racquet he chooses.  His old favourite the Prince Airstick 130 is what he has gone back to.  It is a great racquet.  We have a review of it here , if you are looking to purchase one of these great racquets and are in Canada or the USA please click on Add to Cart button below.










The first reference I found of Ramy switching back to the Prince Airstick 130 was from Twitter here.

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Control the ‘T’ Sports is Proud to Announce our Sponsorship of Mike McCue

Contact: Jeff Warren
Phone: 1-877-370-4661
Email: jeff@controlthet.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTROL THE ‘T’ SPORTS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR SPONSORSHIP OF MIKE MCCUE

Control the ‘T’ Sports is excited to announce that we are sponsoring Mike McCue who is currently ranked #154 on the PSA World Tour, for his footwear and apparel.  Mike is a very dedicated professional squash player who trains out of Jonathon Power’s National Squash Academy in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Mike’s dedication has allowed him to move up over 100 spots in the PSA rankings in the past year alone. Mike’s passion for the game and his dedication are consistent with our beliefs as a company.  Control the ‘T’ Sports was born out of our passion and dedication to the game of squash.

Mike has chosen to play in the Asics Gel-Blast 4 Squash shoes.  We think it is important to know that the choice of the Asics Gel-Blast 4 was Mike’s choice of squash shoes not what we as a corporate sponsor asked him to play with.  Mike will also be wearing Asics shirts as part of his sponsorship.

Mike McCue stated the following on his partnership with Control the ‘T’ Sports, his goals on the PSA tour and why he chose the Asics Gel-Blast 4 Squash Shoes.

“Control the ‘T’ is an independently owned Canadian company, and I think both of us are up-and-comers in our respective fields. Both of us are working very hard and are very dedicated to the sport of squash and I expect big gains for both of us over the next few years. Control the ‘T’ Sports is my first non-racquet sponsor and a good starting point for me with regards to partnerships and sponsors.

I am hoping to start making real inroads on the PSA tour this year. Ranking-wise I would like to reach the top 115 by the end of the year and get some wins over top 100 players. I am expecting to make it past the quarter-finals of $5k tournaments and past the first round of $10k’s. I would also like to qualify for a larger event. I feel like my basic game and fitness are coming into place, so I need to learn how to win matches and navigate the various scenarios you come across at tournaments. Making good on just a few opportunities can make the difference between a successful career and mediocre one.

Asics shoes are generally accepted as the best squash footwear on the market. My two favourite features are the shape and lightness; they mould perfectly to your foot and afford you total mobility (obviously essential in squash), while still feeling almost weightless. I don’t even really notice the shoes while playing, and I think this is the biggest compliment you can pay to any piece of equipment.”

Control the ‘T’ Sports is very excited to be working with Mike McCue and we wish him all the best on the PSA World Tour.

 

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For more information contact Jeff Warren by email at jeff@controlthet.com or by calling 1.877.370.4661

 

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Harrow Spark Review

I recently switched to the Harrow Spark after several years using the Black Knight Magnum Corona. The primary difference between these racquets is the lightness of the Spark. The Corona is, in my opinion, a fairly standard racquet in terms of weight and balance. The head is almost completely circular while the Spark is more oblong.

There is, of course, a trade-off with a lighter racquet. The Spark is a very “maneuverable” racquet, meaning you can hit the ball with a compromised or improvised swing and don’t necessarily need a full backswing to make good contact. However, to generate power you need ample racquet head speed. It took me a few weeks to adjust to this difference; the Corona was heavier and thus more powerful. Overall I prefer the freedom afforded by the Spark. It is much easier to dig the ball out of the back corners, and to hit the ball when it’s behind you (or otherwise non-ideal positions). Having to generate racquet head speed is also a good thing for shot consistency and accuracy. I would recommend it for players who feel their current racquet is sluggish or difficult to control.

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Asics Gel-Blast 4 Orange/Black/Silver

Asics Gel-Blast 4 Orange Black SilverThe Asics Gel-Blast 4 have been by far our best selling squash shoe ever.  The Blast 4 live on and are still the current model from Asics and there are some pretty exciting new colours for this year.  The first new colour is Orange/Black/Silver pictured above.  Want to stand on court then this may well be the pair of shoes for you!  They will definitely get you noticed.  They are not only flashy though they are a terrific performing pair of shoes.

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PSA 2013 World Series Squash Finals

PSA World Series Squash FinalsThe 2013 PSA Squash Finals have been extremely entertain thus far.  The semi-finals today look to be two highly competitive matches.  The first match between Gregory Gaultier and Nick Matthew. The second semi-final features James Willstrop and Amr Shabana.

Gregory Gaultier

Gaultier has been on in very fine so far this tournament.  In particular his match against James Willstrop was highly competitive and top quality squash. He managed to beat Willstrop who was the #1 ranked player of all of 2012.

Nick Matthew

Nick Matthew needed a win yesterday. After having lost his first match against Amr Shabana he found himself in a must win match for the rest of the group matches.  Not an enviable task but one that he took on and succeeded at.  He took advantage of the loose play of Shorbagy in his second match and closed the match in 2 games.  He was able to get past Peter Barker in 2 straight games as well.

The first semi is a very tough match for me to pick a winner of.  Nick had to win yesterday but did so in convincing fashion and did it in 2 games.  Gregory did not look up for his match against Karim yesterday and went down in 2 games.  Both should be on pretty equal footing physically.  I am going to pick Nick in a very tough match to go through to the final.

James Willstrop

James found himself in a must win situation yesterday as well having lost to Gaultier in the second round of group play.  He played Simon Rosner yesterday and managed to close out the match in 2 straight games and should be fairly fresh for today’s match.

Amr Shabana

Amr’s match yesterday was probably the hardest match on paper and it lived up to its billing.  He was up against Mohamed el Shorbagy who no doubt wanted was really up for his match with Shabana.  Amr had already qualified for semi’s but came out determined as ever to get the win yesterday.  Off all the players in this tournament he has been in the best form so far and is the defending champion.  Can he retain the title or did he expend a little too much energy yesterday?

I am really excited about the second semi-final.  Amr has been playing so well having gone undefeated so far.  Willstrop though is such an incredible tactician on court and may well be able to contain Shabana’s brilliant attack.  My pick is Willstrop in another tightly contested match setting up an all English final.

If you have any thoughts about today’s semi’s leave a comment below.

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