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squash string? which is most endurable

Published: 22 Nov 2006 - 19:43 by trigger2085

Updated: 05 Nov 2014 - 13:13

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just lately im having a nightmare with my string ive had my racket restrung 4 times in a month and a half!! Can anyone suggest any endurable string asap (i can afford to restring this much)

just to let you know ive had

tecnifibre 305 130 gauge that lasted 3 weeks

super nick xl that lasted a week and a half(put this in twice)

 

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From Gsmith - 05 Nov 2014 - 13:13

From Firetazza - 03 May 2012 - 12:04

Just got the white super nick strings :/ seem to only last 3 weeks even though im only 16 hmmp any advice on longer lastering strings but enough gri to cut/'slice the ball? :)

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From Eddy01741 - 17 Feb 2009 - 12:46

Well, just from what I"ve heard around this forum (much of which is from Adz), probably the two most durable popular multifilament strings are the Tecnifibre 305 1.30mm and the Powernick 17 gauge (the light blue one, not the red one).

 

However, if you are looking for durability over playability, you can consider using monofilament core strings (usually the cheapest ones).

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From adam_pberes - 16 Feb 2009 - 17:55

Just Like Dop-shot said!

I guarantee that that'd most likely be the problem. ive had this happen to me with 2 different racquets, with the same srting/tension I use in my good rackets aswell!

Its the grommits! where the holes are in the racquet(that the string goes through) theres that plastic guard. there is most likely something wrong with that which is rubbing again the string and making in thinner than it should be, and therefore weaker!

Get the grommit replaced. Most places should do it 30-40$AU depending on whether they have to order them in or not.

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From rippa rit - 15 Feb 2009 - 20:05

Don't forget to check out the Relevant Content tab in the lefthand column which goes through heaps of string problems  very thoroughly including string tensions, gauges, brands, etc.

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From zion - 15 Feb 2009 - 08:52

Hi Trig,

I had exactly the same problem as you've describe during my first six months of playing. I'm a hard hitting player, so wear and tear occurs easily and fast on the strings. I've used 305 technifibre, x - one, tecnifibre duraflex, and also resorted to steel filled strings with a gauge of 2.0. The strings didn't make a difference but the larger the gauge the less feel you have and your game imediatly goes down hill.

I now use x-one tecnifibre and my only advise to you is take a look at you racket swing. I realised that I striked the ball with whats called in tennis as a slice, as soon as I illiminated this from my hard shot game the strings lasted up to 6 months and without wear for the first two months.

Hope this works

 

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From Adz - 16 Jul 2008 - 23:33

With the tecnifibre 305 it comes in 2 different guages..... a 16 (1.3mm) and a 17 (1.2mm), so I assume KL is talking about the 1.2mm version

 

For those who want to try it, there is also a similar 225 model (18 @ 1.1mm) or the X-One I mentioned in my earlier post.

 

Cheers

Adz

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From missing_record25 - 16 Jul 2008 - 20:56   -   Updated: 16 Jul 2008 - 20:58

Technifibre 305 is an excellent string, which I prefer to the Ashaway PowerNick, but it must be strung properly to be effective ... ie. stretched prior to stringing.

:)

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From Adz - 16 Jul 2008 - 08:19   -   Updated: 16 Jul 2008 - 08:20

wildcat, i think you would be best doing some more research on string guages.

higher guage = thinner string (e.g 18 guage is thinner than 17)

also best power comes from thinner strings as they tend to be more elastic compared to thicker strings. Also thinner strings tend to bite more into the ball giving better touch.

 

So, if you're after a top quality string I'd try either Ashaway Powernick 18 or Tecnifibre X-One. These are thin and elastic with excellent bite on the ball but obviously have the downside of lower durability.

One thin I would say is that I personally haven't tried the X-One for durability, but the Powernick is still showing no signs of wear after over 8 hours on court. In over 6 months of usage (across 4 raquets) I have only broken 3 sets, all of which I believed to be faulty as they broke within 1 hour of use!

Hope this helps

 

Cheers

 

Adz

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From wildcats500 - 16 Jul 2008 - 07:52   -   Updated: 16 Jul 2008 - 07:52

Hey everyone,

I am pretty new to squash but power seems to come pretty easily to me.  I am becoming a little more advanced and am looking into strings.  I am wondering what people suggest.  Should I get a a higher gauge and further potentiate my power?  Or should I get a smaller gauge and try and focus more on touch?  What would you do?

 

thanks, austin

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From Adz - 27 Dec 2007 - 09:49

Trigger,



Can the Titan take a 2 piece string? Look around at teh different gromits in the frame. There should either be 4 larger holes or 6 larger holes. 4 = 1 piece string. 6 = 2 piece string is possible.


If the 2 piece is possible then you might want to try putting in some different mains to cross strings. I've used a hex-shaped monofilament main with a multifilament cross for a friend of mine who was breaking strings VERY often (some sets were going within half hour!). I changed to this mix and they've been playing with the strings for over 3 months now!

If you want something a bit more up-market then try a combination of Tecnifibre Pro-Code Red (1.25mm) mains with Tecnifibre 225 or Ashaway Powernick 18 Crosses. That'll give you a very tough main with a very feeling cross. It'll also give you some funky colours if you went for the 2 tecnifibre strings (green & red).


Of course, all of this is dependent of if the racquet can take a 2 piece stringing pattern. I've had to "botch" 2-piece patterns in the past (the friend mentioned earlier uses Dunlop ICE Tours which are 1 piece), so it is possible to get a 2 piece string into a 1 piece racquet, but you need to use no more that 1.25mm mains and nothing more than a 1.2mm cross (even then I had to widen the gromit holes slightly!).


Well, there you go! Lots of options. I've been playing around with strings for a while so if there's anything else I can do then give me a shout!



Adz

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From rskting - 26 Dec 2007 - 17:19

I agree, technifibre frays, but should last at least 3 months, and I play almost everyday. Powernick and rough surface strings have more friction and break quicker for me. I used some prince sweet perfection and wilson sensation and just could not get them to break, so maybe those are the best bet for you. Of course, the latter don't play as well as the former. Experience based on using prince airstick 130, new grommets each restringing, one racquet only, 17 gauge with all strings and 28lbs tension. Stringer does matter, they need to be careful when stringing, etc. But all else equal without making things too confusing, prince sweet perfection or wilson sensation has been pretty undestructable, with ok feel.

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From missing_record25 - 20 Dec 2007 - 12:24   -   Updated: 20 Dec 2007 - 12:25

Hi Trigger


Have you tried using Ashaway PowerNick. It is red in colour and very durable. It is also a very good string.

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From trigger2085 - 01 Dec 2006 - 21:01   -   Updated: 01 Dec 2006 - 21:01

i play with a titan tt (new model ) the string keeps going in the middle i have a open racket face when i play my stringer is the best around i think ill just keep trying different tensions and see where that gets me unless anyine has any other ideas but thanks to everyonr for all your sugestions

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From drop-shot - 01 Dec 2006 - 18:01   -   Updated: 01 Dec 2006 - 18:02

Well, Trigger has dissapeared and it's hard to answer.

According to my experience with broken strings (Tecnifibre and Ashaway)
on Wilson nTour Racket I would advice the follows:

Precondition - tell us the racket model you are using and the tension of your strings.

Then:
First - we should be informed which part of your strings goes off?

If it's:
• the top part of the racket head -> check if the holes (i forgot the proper name) in the inside part of the frame are not touching the strings because everytime you hit the ball, the edges of those holes are like razors. I would assume you have lost plastic protectors of those holes.

• the middle part of the racket head – wrong string tension - probably too tight

Hope it helps,
cheers.

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From stevo47 - 30 Nov 2006 - 23:01

Trigger

I hit the ball hard and play with a very open face and I am on the court nearly every day and don't have a problem with the string. I restring a lot of racquets and don't get any complaints.

I restrung all of Craig Rowlands racquets for 2 years without any problems and nobody hits the ball sweeter than he does.

If you are a Brisbaneite I would be happy to string a racquet for you for nothing to see how long it lasts.

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From raystrach - 30 Nov 2006 - 09:08

i have not used technifibre for some time but if it is like it used to be, it is quite abrasive.

with repsect to stevo47's comments, i actually know his son, an extremely good young player, but one who hits the ball reasonably closed on most occasions.

if you play very open, as i do, the strings will not last long because of the movement of the mains across the crosses. the crosses act like a hacksaw. for those who liked technifibre, we used to use a smooth cross string with the technifibre mains, it was somewhat of a compromise, but it still retained most of the feel of the string without the level of wear and tear.

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From stevo47 - 27 Nov 2006 - 23:42

Hi Trigger

I run a squash centre and my son and I always use technifibre 305 130/16.

My son plays line 1 in the Premier League and line 1 in the Pro League competitions.

His strings usually last about 2 months and he plays over 200 matches a year with all his tournaments etc. He also trains with the same racquets on top of this.

i think you will find that if your strings are only lasting a week then it must be in the stringing technique or tensions that you are using as you are using the same string as we use and we don't have a problem.

What tension are you using with the technifibre and into what brand and type of racquet?

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From missing_record11 - 24 Nov 2006 - 18:51

Hi all,

Stringing is a common problem I guess, Technifibre 305 is the most commonly used string that is preffered by high level squash players ( take a look at www.technifibre.com site), but durability is an issue for this string. I play about 10 hours per week and 305 string lasts in a month not more. I have changed my string to tehchnifibre durability series, now it lasts longer but sensibility is an issue. Stringing, cost, sensibilty, duration, are all issues for string selection whatsoever, getting used to a string and stick to it is a right way I think.

If you are sick of stringing then you might not have a spare racket, I suggest you to have a twin spare at all times. As iamspartacus mentioned, racket stringer tension combination is important. As most of the players know, loose stringing lasts longer but shots will be weak, harder stringing affects to shots but vital for the racket, cause it can be broken easily. You should follow the instructions that should be written on your racket.

Hope it helps...  :)

 

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From nickhitter - 22 Nov 2006 - 22:05

Hi trigger

There is a thread started by bizarreCO about squash strings reviews (the only one on the web!) that hopefully will be updated soon and give us all an insight into various squash string attributes.

With regard to the two mentioned, I have used both and am currently using tecnifibre 305 and have never had breakages with either until after about 6 months (I play about 5-6 hours per week) and to be honest the accepted wisdom is that I  should be changing them before then anyway. So maybe your problem lies in combination of racket/stringer/tension or something. Unfortunatley I'm no expert and a bit useless, I only know that there is nothing inherently undurable (is that a word?) with the strings you mentioned.

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