First things first
My last post was on the benefits of a light squash racquet and I thought it would be a good time to review what the benefits of a heavier squash racquet are. There are definitely players that would benefit from playing with a heavier racquet. I find that a heavier squash racquet helps with several parts of the squash game. It makes it easier to generate power, accuracy is improved and you get more feel on drops. A heavier racquet can really improve a player’s fundamental game.
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 (14x18), 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.
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.
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.
Control the 'T' Sports is very proud to be one of the few retailers now carrying the Black Knight Ion X-Force Samantha Cornett Signature Edition Squash Racquet. Sam is Canada's #1 women's player and a tremendous talent. The racquet she plays with is a customized version of the Black Knight Ion X-Force Black Squash Racquet.
So what is better for squash an open throat teardrop racquet or a closed throat racquet with a bridge? The answer is it depends on the player! To better understand that answer we need to know what the pro's and con's of each type are.
Open Throat or Teardrop Racquet
The racquet above, the Tecnifibre Carboflex X-Speed 125 has an open throat or a teardrop style of head. The primary benefits of an open throat are a larger sweet spot and more power. The larger sweet spot is provided because of the larger distance between where the string contacts the frame. This is also why a teardrop head will generally provide more power.
The elasticity of the string, its give on contact with the ball and its snapping back in to place is how the string imparts force on the ball. The more the string can give and then snap back the more velocity the ball will have coming off of the strings. The longer the strings the more they can give and thus the more power can be achieved.
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.
Black Knight has some really great looking new squash racquets coming out very soon. We received our first product shots of them this week and they really do look amazing. There are new racquets in the ION series and Magnum series. I have not had a chance to try these racquets out yet but will be doing so in the next week or two if things go according to plan. I will be posting more information on them then. For now here are the pictures!