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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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Ramy Ashour – Dunlop Blackmax Titanium Squash Racquet

Credit to Pierre Bastien over at squashsource.com for posting that Ramy seems to now beep playing the Dunlop Blackmax Titanium Squash Racquet. Photo credit to Squashsite.

This is an older racquet that is no longer for sale. Dunlop is doing a good job at least keeping him playing with their brand. Head did not seem to have the same success when he was still using a Prince Air Stick 130 while signed to be playing with Head.

Ramy definitely seems to be particular about the racquet he is playing with and does not just play with whatever a company sticks in his hand. The racquet he is marketed to be playing with by Dunlop, the Dunlop Biomimetic Max 2012 is a very nice racquet but it seems to not be the racquet Ramy currently is playing with.

We do carry the Dunlop Biomimetic Max 2012 at our online store and there is a review of it here.

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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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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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Ramy Ashour is playing with a Dunlop racquet but which one?

Ramy Ashour has been playing with a Dunlop racquet, but which one? When he was signed it was announced that he was playing with the Dunlop Aerogel 4D Max.  The racquet that he is currently playing with currently seems to have the same head shape and paint job as the Max but the string pattern does not match.

I have a had a couple of posts on the topic in response to a review of the Dunlop Aerogel 4D Max that I wrote.  Their posts got me looking further in to this and I have concluded they are correct. The racquet is not the Max, at least not in its currently available form.

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Dunlop Aerogel 4D Max – Racket review

There has been a great deal of interest in the Dunlop Aerogel 4D Max squash racket since Ramy Ashour started using it.  Having the #1 player in the world using your racket certainly is great for Dunlop.

I have been trying it out for a few weeks now and have been really enjoying playing with it.  The long mains give this racket lots of power.  The frame weight of 137 grams is relatively light and as the racket is head light it is very maneuverable.  It is terrific for volleying for this reason.

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Squash Season is here!

It is September and that means the squash season is upon us! A new squash season at Control the ‘T’ Sports means new squash gear!  We have all of the newest rackets from Black Knight, Dunlop, Head and Prince.

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