Struggling to find the right racket setup
Published: 30 May 2016 - 05:07 by mattdp
Updated: 31 May 2016 - 20:31
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Bit of context first. Used to play nationally for my local region in my mid-teens, trained under Malcolm willstrop and dave pearson etc... so have reasonable skills/knowledge. Have only just got back into squash though in my 30's and i'm struggling to get the right racket setup.
The problem I have, is I'm miss-hitting so many balls, either clipping the ball wrongly and it pings off somewhere, or I just tin it constantly. I wear glasses and was struggling to keep my eyes on the ball, so upgraded to contacts which has helped a little. But still, quite often i'm losing games I should be winning, giving away at least 50% of the points to miss-hits. I'm starting to think I have the wrong racket and setup for my style now though. I have lots of power and like to rally down the walls, but also vary my shots and i'm fining it's often the drops and volleys when it goes wrong.
In terms of rackets, I bought a cheap £25 Wilson 145 hammer to just help me get back into it, and after a month blindly bought the new tecnifibre dynergy ap 125 as I thought i'd just get a good racket to play long term with. there's no racket shops near me, so not much choice sometimes than to buy blindly online. But with both I was making errors, and I've gone through 2 sets of strings on the AP in 2 weeks because the DNAMX it comes with can't handle me clipping the ball under power. So I thought i'd get a cheap used tecnifibre carboflex 125 to see if a more traditional teardrop would be better. Instantly I felt it was easier to play with and still had lots of power, but still the errors were there.
Now, there's lots of friendly/helpful players at my local club, and theres a guy I rarely see but when I do he gives me tips and stuff. He told me firstly my grip is too thick which is making my hand shift around, and that my strings are too slack at around 27lbs. He let me play with a tecnifibre suprem 130, a more traditional closed throat racket, which had quite a thin grip and 30lb string tension. Felt very nice in the hand. Well, I didn't make a single error in my next couple of games and I was quite a bit more accurate without any loss of power. I still lost, but that time it was at least cos the other guy was better vs. me making errors. Given I have lots of power anyway, using a less powerful racket doesn't seem to make much difference, so I had the power but also the control/accuracy.
So, he's advised me that I should just try to optimise my setup and that he thinks I may need more accuracy than power, so now i'm pondering if I need the closed-throat design like the tecnifibre suprem.
Any thoughts/suggestions what may be going on here? Seems odd and the 2 tecnifibres I have are obviously amazing rackets the pros use, so its me and not them. should I try re-stringing my existing rackets to 30lbs and using thinner grips or is it likely the racket designs aren't compatible with my play? just fed up of losing all the time to error.
Just adding links to the rackets I have, mentioned above.
Tecnifibre Dynaflex AP 125 http://www.tecnifibre.com/squash/en/Product/Pro-/Dynergy-/Dynergy-AP-125/216
Tecnifibre Carboflex 125 http://www.tecnifibre.com/squash/en/Product/Pro-/Carboflex/Carboflex-125-S/337
This is the suprem I tried https://www.just-squash.co.uk/shop/rackets/squash-rackets/tecnifibre-suprem-ng-130-squash-1155910.html How to add images to Members' Forum posts and replies here...
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From mattdp - 31 May 2016 - 20:28
From raystrach - 30 May 2016 - 17:03 - Updated: 30 May 2016 - 17:04
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