Eye are one of the most innovative rackets brands on the market, producing edgy, and sometimes divisive products, for players who want something different. Some people buy into the concept of having a racket without a bumper, or a pair of shoes that are bright pink, others don't. That's fine. Everybody has a choice to make and it's great to have the option to choose equipment which strays from normal convention. The aim of Eye was, and still is, to produce the type of equipme
Big thanks to Declan, who helped me to compile his player profile over the weekend. Declan is currently one of mine, and a lot of people's, favourite players to watch on the tour. Great movement, attacking play and getting better all the time. Last year's win in Nantes was a great result and the squash on display was top quality! Declan is one of a number of top players to have recently started wearing Eye S-Line Shoes, which are proving a real hit on tour. Like Diego Elias,
Having spent a couple of years stringing Eye rackets, I've learnt that there's a quick way, a slow way and the right way to string them. Rather than waiting until the end of the blog to tell you how long it takes to string them, I'll say now. Approx 1 - 2 minutes longer than a comparably patterned racket with a generic bumper/grommet setup. For anybody who hasn't restrung an Eye racket before, or gets frustrated with them, they need a little extra attention as they don’t ha
With the year nearly over, I thought it would be a good opportunity to provide a fairly detailed insight into this year’s squash stringing for the String Doctor... So here you go! By New Year’s Eve, I think I will have restrung north of 700 rackets in total this year. I’ve already strung around 450 squash rackets and nearly 200 tennis, badminton and racketball rackets. With 3 weeks and a tournament at Edgbaston Priory to come in December, there’s no let up! The data I’ve used
This week, I have been mostly - to coin a phrase from ‘The Fast Show’ - stringing rackets for some of the County Juniors I coach and for competition winners from, events I’ve helped to sponsor or donate prizes to. Even though there have been a couple of freebies (I’m good like that), the care and attention to detail I apply doesn’t diminish. I love stringing - it’s a passion, more than a chore. As already mentioned in previous blogs, I’m a sucker for presentation and general
There are a number of reasons why people buy rackets, be it squash, tennis, racketball or badminton. They buy based on a number of factors, including: How it looks How it feels (weight, balance, grip) Which Pro uses it A brief trial with their friend’s racket Because their current/old racket has broken or is on the way out! How many people actually receive a new racket which plays nothing like what they thought it would, based on their reasons for buying it in the first place
This week's player profile is brought to you courtesy of SJP, one of the PSA tour's most exciting players. Thanks, SJ, for taking the time to answer my questions. SJ plays with passion and flair, using her physicality to get on the ball early and move her opponents around. Coached by Rob Owen, SJ mixes with a great squad of players and you can really see Rob's influence on her squash She also breaks a few strings... though not as many since switching rackets from Prince to UN
Racket and string choice, as with all sporting equipment, is highly subjective. Whilst there are certain rackets on the market which are far more popular than others, string choice is often a lot more personal. Many players will have a favourite string/tension which they stay with for years, often panicking when they take the leap of faith to purchase a new style of racket, worrying if their tried and tested string/tension will stack up on the new frame! What suits one person
Nick was one of the players I really looked up to when I was on the Junior scene back in the 80's/90's. Always popular (especially up North!), I loved his style of play and enthusiasm for the game. Nick reached a world ranking of 14, in an incredibly competitive era of squash! A couple of weeks ago, Nick defended his World Masters title, winning the O45's category.... so he can still mix it as a player! Nick now makes waves (not literally of course) in Boston, US, where he is
Tez is one of the most exciting and likable players on the PSA world tour, winning the British National’s title and Bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games last season.
I’ve known Tez since she was about 8 years old, and even used to do a bit of coaching with her on Saturday mornings at St Mellons Country Club in Cardiff, where her Dad was in Charge, prior to moving to North Wales.
Tez is a big advocate of growing the game at grassroots level, support the Wales Junior Squa