HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A SQUASH AND TENNIS STRING
Today, there are different types of strings available to the average club squash player. The tennis and squash strings look so alike that it will take an experienced stringer to tell the differences.
For starters, squash strings mostly come in two sizes: 17 and 18 gauges. The distinction goes like this, 18 gauge is thick while the 17 gauge is thicker. The 16 gauge is the thickest.
In some cases, club players do not question what type of string was put on their rackets.
It was once reported that at some point, former Tennis world champion, Pete Sampras used 18 gauge natural gut strings used for squash for his Tennis racket.
At the Moshood Abiola National stadium squash court, I never missed the opportunity of educating my players on the difference between a squash and tennis string.
An 18 gauge string will deliver more power, but less strength and durability, than a 17 gauge. Most experienced stringers would always advise you against using a 16 gauge string for a squash racket because of its obvious thickness.
Strings this thick are intended for tennis or racketball, and cannot deliver adequate power when strung into the smaller head of a squash racket.
Unfortunately, some non-squash playing stringers are unable to tell the differences and the damages Tennis elbow could pose to a squash player using the wrong type of strings.
In a bid to cut cost, some inexperienced stringers don’t want to be bothered carrying a separate line of string made for squash, and they often get away with selling Tennis string to squash players because many players don’t know the difference. But now you know better; when it comes to string matters. Always insist on 17 or 18 gauge, and take your business elsewhere if you don’t get it.
Coach Jonah Attah
Prodigy Squash Academy