View Full Version : Squash strings on tennis racket?
08-29-2010, 02:01 AM
Sorry if this sounds a bit odd, but I wanted to ask if any one has ever tried squash strings on their rackets.
My wife bought 4 packets of Wilson Sensation Strike strings by accident (click on link below); since I did not want to waste them, I strung them on my old ProKennex Silver Ace (which has a small head, and hence was small enough to take the shorter length).
The feel was extremely soft (I strung at 54 pounds, but if I were to try this again I would definitely increase the tension to at least 58 pounds) and comfortable, though I must admit I had difficulty controlling the ball on occasions. I thought the use of such strings might be a good option for those with TE, and who use small headed rackets.
Please post if you had any such similar experience. Thanks! :)
08-29-2010, 02:38 PM
A novel idea!!!!... maybe a hybrid set-up with squash strings in the mains and some kind of soft-poly to tame the power.
08-29-2010, 02:40 PM
YES YES, pete Sampras used use 18 or 19 gauge natural gut that was made for Squash. no wonder he got so much spin and power...
08-29-2010, 05:21 PM
Squash is a sport in which power is not a hinderance: the more power, the better. Many squash strings (most) are very comfortable and powerful. Stringing them up might be a problem, since squash rackets are meant to be strung in the 20's (lbs).
08-29-2010, 05:50 PM
RSI's testing includes some squash and racketball strings:
Ashaway Power Kill 17 Zyex / Nylon 1.24 147 13.72
Ashaway Powernick 18 Nylon / Zyex 1.16 154 12.88
Dunlop Dura Ace 17 Nylon 1.22 156 12.86
Ashaway Super Nick XL Pro 17 Nylon 1.26 162 14.06
Babolat Xcel Power 17 Nylon 1.27 164 10.76
Ashaway Super Nick XL Micro 18 Nylon 1.16 164 12.73
Ashaway Super Kill XL 17 Nylon 1.29 165 12.86
Ashaway Power Kill Pro 16 Zyex / Nylon 1.36 165 13.21
Ashaway Super Nick XL 17 Nylon 1.26 166 12.08
Head Evolution Pro 16 Nylon 1.31 168 12.1
Ashaway Super Nick XL Titanium 17 Nylon 1.24 171 12.32
Tecnifibre 225 18 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.15 172 13.96
Ektelon Premier Power w/Softflex 17 Nylon 1.26 178 14.84
Pro Kennex Pure 1 Liquid 17 Nylon 1.26 178 13.96
Dunlop M Fil TS 18 Nylon 1.21 178 15.63
Tecnifibre 505 HPR 18 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.2 180 9.59
Ektelon Premier Power w/Softflex 16 Nylon 1.29 180 14.84
Head Megablast 17 Nylon 1.26 186 13.96
Ektelon Lightning XX w/Powerfoil 16 Nylon 1.32 187 11.01
and so forth
08-29-2010, 07:00 PM
Thanks for all the replies; I did hear one time that Pete used squash strings; probably explains why he broke them so often; also didn't know that typically they are strung at 20lbs; mine seems to be holding so far though at 54 lbs
08-29-2010, 08:10 PM
They're typically strung at such low tension because squash isn't tennis. The racquets are not the same and the string tend to be thinner. But, if one notices, one will see that the actual gauge of some squash strings is no thinner than some tennis strings. In fact, some squash strings are thicker than some tennis strings.
08-29-2010, 08:52 PM
I use 17 gauge Duraflex & sometimes Stamina as a squash string for quite a few clients
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