Your squash racquet is your weapon for achieving success in your matches and they should be looked after and cared for accordingly, so we want to look at some tips for caring for your racquets.
It can only take some simple steps to look after your racquet, but ones which will help extend the life of your racquet and protect from harmful damage to the strings.
Use Your Case:
Most racquets these days come with a protective case of some sort, and we would strongly encourage you to use this case at all times when the racquet is not being used. There are two types of cases usually supplied:
|Half length cases which cover the racquet head but don’t provide any protection to the handle:||Full length cases which fully cover the entire racquet and handle and zip up closed:|
We recommend either buying a racquet with a full length cover, or purchasing one of your own to use because protecting the handle is unquestionably important to avoid uneven wear or scratches on the grip.
For regular squash players, you should consider investing in a squash racquet bag, which is kind of a ‘level up’ from the racquets cases. Racquet bags will provide a lot more padded protection for your racquets and will also allow you to carry multiple squash racquets together at one time in segregated sections, along with your various accessories etc.
Here are some great value racquet bags we recommend you take a look at:
Using racquet bags will also help keep your racquet clean and minimise dust or dirt collecting in the string holes and grommets; stuff which can slowly damage the strings during match play conditions.
Think about where you store your racquets away from court. Of course we have talked about cases and racquet bags, but think about where you keep them. Primarily you want to be avoiding subjecting your racquets to any extreme temperatures; hot or cold, during storage. High temperatures can quickly relax string tensions causing you to lose shot power, while cold temperatures and damage frame strength over time increasing the fragility of the racquet.
Our top tip is to avoid what many people do – don’t leave your racquets in your car! Even if they are protected in a bag, leaving them in a car during a few hot afternoons will cause real damage to your racquets and it is so simple to avoid by keeping them in your home, under the stairs or in a spare room etc.
We soon publish a full article on restringing your squash racquet, but it’s important to make you aware that restringing is something you should be doing regularly to maintain your racquets performance. Over time, your racquet strings will lose tension and strength and will therefore demand more effort from your shots to maintain the same shot speeds you were achieving with brand new strings. Restringing is a relatively cheap process of replacing the strings on your racquet with new ones to a tension of your choice, replenishing their tension and strength and putting back to optimum performance.
In summary – take pride in your racquet and give it the care it deserves. There’s little point spending hours in the gym improving your fitness and strength and then leaving your racquets uncared for and prone to damage and wear, negating any of your physical improvements!
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