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Review of the Dunlop Force Evolution 130 Squash Racquet

Recently I took out the Dunlop Evolution 130 for a hit and I found it to be a very interesting racquet. It features a tear drop design with a small bridge, a dense string pattern (14×18), 130 frame weight, and an even head balance. I played a couple matches with this racquet as I tried to figure out how it played best. A racquet that doesn’t fail to deliver in either control or power and with an even balance, the EVO 130 is great for players who tend to be more patient on court. It also a great feel on contact when hitting the ball as it provides great stability due to its string pattern.

At first, I tried an aggressive approach: volleying on the midcourt, using my wrist more, increasing the pace, and hitting hard and low shots. I found out that this was more challenging to do with this racquet. This is due to its weight of 130 grams and even balance which in reality, in my personal opinion, felt slightly head heavy. Volleying on the midcourt was not an easy task since I was not able to maneuver the racquet very easily and using my wrist put extra stress on my arm. Also, increasing the pace was harder once again due to maneuverability (it was harder to get the racquet ready on time). However, my main focus in squash is speed and accuracy rather than arm strength and power (I get the power from the racquet I normally use) so it is fair to say that this is why the EVO 130 didn’t suit my aggressive play. Having said this, if you are an aggressive player with good arm strength, you won’t find it a problem to maneuver this racquet easily.

Dunlop Force Evolution 130

Dunlop Force Evolution 130

Since aggressive play didn’t work for me using the EVO 130, I tried a more patient approach to the match. I started making more fluid swings and keeping the ball at the back of the court. This worked perfectly since the balance and weight of the racquet allowed me to go through the ball easily without much effort but providing me enough power to get the ball to the back of the court. This was also a more pleasant experience in terms of comfort as I felt great when hitting the ball; the racquet is very forgiving mainly due to its stability but also to its dense string pattern. It also provided me with great feel and control when dropping the ball whether it was from the midcourt or the front court. Another nice thing about this racquet is its head design, which is reminiscent of the Black Knight Quicksilver nXs (tear drop with small bridge), since it helps with power generation. Although I have made it sound like this is a racquet not suitable for aggressive play, this racquet didn’t fail to deliver when I wanted to put the ball away; whether it was a loose shot from my opponent giving me time to hit a hard and low shot or a nice and easy drop shot, the EVO 130 gave me all I needed. The reason for this is the racquet’s stability and string pattern which helped me control the ball much easier than with my usual racquet.

In conclusion, this racquet can be amazing in the right hands. Even though it is hard to use aggressively, it is not an impossible task to do. But, if you plan on using it for long and fluid rallies where you want to create opportunities to put the ball away, this racquet will fit you very well. With an interesting design which allows it to have a bigger sweet spot and better stability, this racquet will feel amazing when hitting any type of shot!

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What makes for a good Doubles Squash Racquet?

We started carrying doubles squash gear a couple of years ago but have been busy increasing our selection this year. Being located now at Northfield Racquet and Fitness in Waterloo which has a beautiful new doubles court having a good selection of doubles squash gear is important for us. Doubles is an incredibly fun game that the members of the club have come to love and it is an incredible game to watch at the professional level.

Harrow Bancroft Players Special Squash Racquet

Harrow Bancroft Players Special Squash Racquet

From a racquet perspective you might wonder what characteristics make a racquet a good choice for a doubles player. There are a few things to consider and most come back to the type of ball that is used in doubles. The hardball that used in doubles travels at an incredibly fast speed, much faster than the standard ball that is used for single. As it is hard and travelling at an incredibly fast pace the impact on the racquet from the ball is much greater and the racquet needs to be capable of withstanding that. As such one of the primary characteristics of a doubles racquet is that it is stronger and more durable so that the frame of the racquet withstands the stress caused by the impact of the ball. The strings also have to withstand the impact of the ball though. Stringing pattern and the gauge of the string are important when selecting a doubles racquet. Stability on contact with the ball is also important. Off centre hits can lead to the frame itself twisting if the racquet is not strong enough. This can lead to breakage but it is also a performance issue as it definitely impacts the control the racquet can provide. Continue reading

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Dunlop Biomimetic Squash Racquets for the 2013 / 2014 Season

 

This is the time of year that we are busy ordering and getting ready for the next squash season.  It is the end of the squash season for most but for us it is an exciting time.  We are busy going over catalogues and order forms trying to figure out what to order for the next squash season.  So what is coming from Dunlop for the next squash season?  All new racquets in the Biomimetic series!

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Dunlop Biomimetic Max 2012 Squash Racquet Review

Dunlop Biomimetic Max 2012 Squash Racquet

As you can see from the image above this is the racquet that Dunlop has marketed Ramy Ashour as playing with for the upcoming season.  The new PSA squash season starts up soon and I look forward to watching it on psasquashtv.com and one of the things I will be watching for is what racquet is Ramy Ashour using.

To purchase the Dunlop Biomimetic Max please click here.

Now on to the review of this racquet.

Dunlop Biomimetic MAx 2012 Squash Racquet Review

I have had a couple of chances now to get on court with the Dunlop Biomimetic Max 2012 and have compared it to the original Biomimetic Max as well as just coming up with an opinion of it unrelated to the original.

The specifications of the new Dunlop Biomimetic Max 2012 Squash Racquet are:

Frame Weight: 130g
Balance: Extra Head Light
Head Size: 500cm2
Stiffness: 80
String Pattern: 14×18 Powermax
String Tension: 20-30lbs
Construction: HM6 Carbon
String: Precision

There are 3 differences from the original Biomimetic Max – the Frame Weight, Balance, and Stiffness.  The new racquet is 10 grams lighter, the balance more head light, and slightly stiffer than the original; all 3 were actually noticeable when alternating hitting between the 2 racquets.  The 2012 edition definitely felt lighter in the hand and the balance was more towards the handle.  When swinging it the balance was quite evident.  You could really feel the racquet coming through quicker and what felt like the same swing between last year’s model left me ahead of the ball with the 2012 edition.  That took some adjustment but once that was made you could really feel how quick the racquet is.  The other difference this year as noted is the stiffness of it.  The 2012 edition is enhanced this year with Anatomic Construction which is designed to provide better torsional control on off centre hits.  The racquet did feel slightly stiffer than the original.

Overall the racquet has a lot of power due to its long main strings.  It is extremely quick due to its extra head light balance and overall light weight.  It is a fairly stiff racquet as well and does not flex much on normal hits or off centre hits.  It is definitely a different feel than the more traditional feel of the Dunlop racquet that you would in the Pro GTX series which is quite soft.  As it is very head light it does take some skill to not come through to the ball too quick. Once you have gotten past that though it is a great racquet.  Its quickness makes it great for quick volleys at the ‘T’.  Its power makes a good racquet for drives as well.  Overall if you like a stiff racquet that is head light and have good technique this is a great racquet.

Here is the marketing information from Dunlop:

The updated Dunlop Biomimetic Max Squash Racquet is an ideal racquet for any advanced/intermediate player looking for pure power.  The teardrop head shape provides long main strings for greater string deflection enhanced by Powermax string pattern.  Control and pin point precision is improved with the inclusion of Anatomic Construction technology which increases torsional stability during off centre shots.

The racquet is constructed with graphite and features Dunlop’s Biomimetic technology.  HM6 Carbon enhances the racquet feel, Aerogel technology reduces aerodynamic drag making the racquet faster through the air and the Gecko-Tac grip gives ultimate control in all conditions.

To purchase the Dunlop Biomimetic Max please click here.

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Dunlop Biomimetic Max 2012 Squash Racquet

We just received our new shipment of Biomimetic racquets from Dunlop and I was very excited to open it to see the new Dunlop Biomimetic Max 2012 Squash Racquet.  It is a great looking racquet and I will be giving our demo a try in the next few days.  For now here is a promotional picture from Dunlop and the specifications of it.

To purchase the Dunlop Biomimetic Max 2012 Squash racquet please click here

The updated Biomimetic Max is an ideal racquet for any advanced/intermediate player looking for pure power.  The teardrop head shape provides long main strings for greater string deflection enhanced by Powermax string pattern.  Control and pin point precision is improved with the inclusion of Anatomic Construction technology which increases torsional stability during off centre shots.
The racquet is constructed with graphite and features Dunlop’s Biomimetic technology.  HM6 Carbon enahnces the racquet feel, Aerosping technology reduces aerodynamic drag making the racquet faster through the air and the Gecko-Tac grip gives ultimate control in all conditions.
Ramy Ashour Highest PSA World Ranking #1’s racquet.
Frame Weight: 130g
Balance: Extra Head Light
Head Size: 500cm2
Stiffness: 80
String Pattern: 14×18 Powermax
String Tension: 20-30lbs
Construction: HM6 Carbon
String: Precision
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Gregory Gaultier – The Qatar Classic 2011 Champion

Gregory Gaultier 2011 Qatar Classic 2011 Champion

Gregory Gaultier played absolutely brilliantly this past week capturing the 2011 Qatar Classic Championship.

He had great wins over James Willstrop in the finals, Karim Darwish in the semi-final and unexpectedly Tarek Momen in the quarter-finals. For the last year pretty much all of the super series squash tournaments have been dominated by Nick Matthew and Ramy Ashour.  With Ramy having to retire injured and Nick Matthew losing to Momen the draw really opened up.  We got see some different match ups then we have seen recently.  The seeding’s in most of the tournaments have really held true with the 3/4 seeds losing in the semi’s.  Gaultier having been outside of that seeding has quite often run into a red hot Ramy or Nick in the quarters.  With both Nick and Ramy out it was great to see Gaultier have a match with Darwish and then Willstrop.

The real strength of Gregory Gaultier’s play is his strength of movement.  He is extremely quick to the ball and then back to the ‘T’.  Part of this is his how physically fit he is which allows him to keep such a high level of movement deep in to the match.  The biggest part of this though is his leg strength.  Even stretched out he is so strong that he is able to bounce back up and recover incredibly quickly. It is quite astounding to watch.  Even when his opponent has really stretched him out and Greg has made an incredible get he is so quick to get back to ‘T’ that is very hard to win a point.

The confidence he has in his movement really allows him to be aggressive with his play. When playing at the top of his game he has no fear of bringing the ball in short with a drop or a boast as he knows he can cover the next shot even his opponent is quick in to the ball. Not being afraid to move the ball in to the front allows him to relax doing it and player higher quality shots.  This type of play really stretches out his opponents and forces them to do so much work to stay in the match with him.

Gregory Gaultier is a Dunlop player and plays with the Dunlop Aerogel 4D Elite.  It will be interesting to see if he switches to the newer Dunlop Biomimetic Elite model that is current from Dunlop.

Congratulations to Gregory Gaultier the 2011 Qatar Classic 2011 Champion!

 

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Dunlop Biomimetic Evolution 130 Squash Racquet – The racquet of Nick Matthew

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.

Specifications:
Frame Weight: 130g
Balance: Head Light
Head Size: 490cm2
Stiffness: 78.5
String Pattern: 14×18
String Tension: 20-30lbs
Construction: HM6 Carbon
String: Precision
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Ramy Ashour – Is he using the Dunlop Biomimetic Max?

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.

Ramy Ashour 2011 British Grand Prix Racquet Dunlop Biomimetic Max Squash Racquet
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The technologies behind the Biomimetic series of squash racquets

I received a request for more information on the Dunlop Gecko-Tac grips.  I spoke with Dunlop to get more technical information on it and received a PDF with the results of their testing on the technologies in their Biomimetic series of tennis racquets.  The technologies in the tennis racquets are the same as the technologies in their squash racquets.  The technologies covered are Aeroskin, HM6 Carbon and Gecko-Tac.  All 3 technologies definitely enhance Dunlop’s current line squash racquets.  Have a read and learn more about the technologies that make up the Biomimetic series of squash racquets.

Dunlop Biomimetic 2012_Tennis_Technology_Presentation

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Biomimetic, Aeroskin, HM6 Carbon and Gecko-Tac Grip – Dunlop’s new technology for squash racquets

Dunlop’s new racquets for the 2011/2012 squash season are almost here.  We expect to have them in our ProShop and online store in July.  With their arrival coming so soon it is time to start looking at the new technologies that Dunlop have added to their line of racquets for this year.  The new series name is Biomimetic – Inspired by nature perfected by Dunlop.  The new technologies added this year to their Biomimetic series are: Aeroskin, HM6 Carbon and Gecko-Tac Grip. 

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