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Racket Restringing Question

Published: 16 Jun 2011 - 06:57 by SamBWFC

Updated: 17 Jun 2011 - 20:18

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Ok I hope this doesn't come across as a stupid question because after reading back, it does sound a bit stupid :-)


I've recently bought a racket restringer advertised as a squash restringer, but it only shows tensions for badminton and tennis on the rod. Now, I kind of assumed that the kilograms on the rod would apply to all rackets regardless of what sport it is, but the rod shows like a 13kg in badminton to be the same as a 31kg in tennis?


Now I've done a bit of research on what the ideal tensions should be for squash rackets but as I've no guidance on the stringer I just took a shot and tried to do what "felt right"... I'm quite pleased I managed to successfully restring a racket as it was my first time but I don't think I've done it tight enough.


I've had a search on Google but I can't see anything that could assist me in the form of a "kilogram converter" of any sort so I could get an accurate tension. Does anyone have any ideas as to what tension I should be aiming for reading off the tennis or badminton guide?




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From nickmaster - 17 Jun 2011 - 19:59   -   Updated: 17 Jun 2011 - 20:18

I have a stringway dropweight . It has two weight hunks. On the rod it has two lines of numbers, one is for the small (badminton) weight, and the second for the big and small conjoint.

In my club some players want tension as less as 10kg. 10-12 kg is normal range in my experience.

I hope this helps


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From raystrach - 16 Jun 2011 - 13:14

hi sam

if you have two weights(as in badminton/tennis) on the same mark, you can almost guarantee that there are two separate weights(as in hunks of metal) - one for badminton, one for tennis/squash. if you bought it second hand, the smaller weight for badminton might be missing.

without having seen the machine, i sounds like that you will use the tennis weights/gauge for squash .

i think of squash tension in lbs so you should be looking at 25 - 30lbs depending on your prreference. convert that using 2.2 lbs per kg - so that would be in the order of 11 - 13.5kg.

tighter - more control, less power

looser - less control more power

obviously a whole lot of other variables come into it as well, like the gauge of the strings and string type and string pattern.

hope that helps


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