Ask the Pro

As a squash pro I often called upon to give an advice on squash equipment. Here are answers on FAQ's.
Do not see an answer here?
Feel free to email our pros at Call 1-800-303-6434 to place an order
We will do our best to answer all your squash related questions.

Q. WHAT IS THE RIGHT STRING TENSION?
A.
For softball squash it is approximately 20-26 lbs. Hard hitters should string their rackets in the upper range, if you do not hit the ball very hard I recommend stringing your racquet at the lower range.

Q. WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE OF STRING TO USE?
A.
I highly recommend good multifilament string (like Ashaway SuperNick or Technifibre) or natural gut. The right strings and the right string tension should improve your performance on the court.

Q. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN RACQUET COMPOSITION?
A.
Most racquets now are made of graphite with small percentage of either high modulus graphite, or Kevlar, or boron, or titanium. What ever the advantage of one over the other is debatable, but one thing is for certain – racquets today are stiffer, lighter, and stronger, and more powerful than ever before. Great majorities of the squash racquets we sell are very stiff and very light. Fiberglass is the only additive that does not make the racquet stiff.

Q. IF I AM STARTING OUT IN SQUASH WHAT RACQUET SHOULD I GET?
A.
Since there is more direct contact with the floor and the walls for beginner and intermediate player, I recommend getting a medium weight racquet ( in 155-180 grams range), which you will enjoy longer.

Check out these racquets

Q. WHAT TYPE OF SQUASH BALL SHOULD I GET?
A.
Get yellow dot squash ball, it is a standard squash ball for normal play conditions. There are currently squash balls made that bounce faster than the standard yellow dot, but they should only be used in very cold conditions, or in working with beginner players who have trouble hitting the ball.

Q.DO I NEED TO USE  EYE PROTECTION?
A.
YES! Playing squash without goggles is like riding your bike without the helmet – why take a chance? Eye protection is now required in most tournaments, and I highly recommend it. Both times I got hit in the glasses (with the ball) I thanked God that I decided to wear them. I never go on the court without them. I think that the major reason people do not wear goggles is because they are uncomfortable, so we now carry great variety of eye-wear that would fit everyone, big, or small, even players that wear glasses. Most of them are adjustable, non-fogging, and provide good peripheral vision, and even look pretty cool. I wear S&W goggles, and Wilson N-vue on the court and on the bike.
Read a very good article on this subject here.

Q. DO SQUASH RACQUETS COME IN A DIFFERENT GRIP SIZE?
A.
No, but the shape of the grip varies among manufacturers. If you need a bigger grip on your racquet just add an extra overgrip or replacement grip.

Q. ARE THERE SPECIAL TYPES OF SHOES FOR SQUASH?
A.
Yes. Contrary to popular belief the right racquet is NOT the most important piece of you squash gear. Shoes are. Here are some points about squash shoes: they should fit snug, but they should not hurt your foot. If they do, try another size, brand or model, until you find the right one. Once you find them, buy 2-3 pairs, manufacturers come up with new models all the time, so you do not have to go through the trial and error again.


Stay informed - join the SquashGear.com mailing list
Email:
Order Lines: 800-303-6434 / 732-765-8625
On-line since 1999. In service to squash players for more than 25 years.
Customer Service / About us | Your purchase of shoes for $89 and up will Support Urban Squash Youth Programs. CLICK here for details!
Copyright 1999-2014 SquashGear.com. All rights reserved.
77 Cliffwood ave, Ste 2C, Cliffwood, NJ 07721
Updated Oct 22, 2014