Prince Squash Rackets

Prince squash rackets have an enviable reputation in the sport for being at the forefront of design innovation and technological breakthroughs. Since 1984, Prince has worked hard to establish itself in the competitive arena of sports rackets by utilising grass root promotions, product innovation and worldwide exposure through top ranked players using their rackets.

Prince can boast an impressive portfolio of top professional players and world number ones that have used their rackets over the last 20 years including Peter Nicol, Michelle Martin and Nicol David. Nicol David set records on the PSA Tour for being ranked number one in the world for nearly 4 years.

Prince, as a global company, provides support and sponsorship at all levels of the game. It is particularly supportive of youth development and top college programs in the USA.

Whilst it is perhaps impossible to successfully list all the positive changes Prince has made to its own rackets, and subsequently the development of squash rackets in general, here are a few of the more notable milestones;

1988: ‘The Extender’: Prince designers remove the throat bridge that allows the main strings to be extended with the added advantage of a lighter fame leading to lightweight power.

1995: ‘Thunderlite’: The sweet spot is expanded by the Sweet Spot Suspension System, which increases the sweet spot and reduces vibration.
2003: More revolution from Prince with the introduction of a racket with no drilled holes. This was achieved by moulding 2 frames together and forming a structurally superior racket for unprecedented power, control and strength.

Further highlights in the last 10 years include more patented technology that have reduced drag, increased the sweet spot, power and control and improved the integrity of the frame whilst reducing vibration.

In the modern game an incredible number of top professional players use Prince squash rackets. These include James Willstrop, Saurav Ghosal and Peter Nicol (MBE). These players, along with many others, all use the Prince EXO3 Rebel, described as a racket that offers lightweight power, a superior sweet spot and unique maneuverability for shot making accuracy. In the hands of many of the top professionals it has to be one of the greatest squash rackets in current production without question.

Prince is well placed to remain at the top of their industry for many years to come and with their commitment to innovation and sponsorship and support of squash at all levels it is likely that there will be a Prince squash racket in the hand of many world champions in years to come.

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Top 10 Squash Match Tips to Help You Become a Better Squash Player

1. Keep your eyes on the ball –

The number one squash tip is don’t take your eyes off the ball, the game is simply played too quickly. Watch it as you play your shot, as your opponent goes to play their shot, and keep watching the ball as it goes behind you – keep your eyes on the squash ball!

2. Hit a good length –

Don’t leave your shots bouncing around the half court mark and sitting up nicely for a return. Send it towards the back of the court and put your opponent under pressure. Forcing your opponent to the back of the court also limits their return options. Make a note of where your shots are being hit by your opponent, and if you aren’t pushing them to the back of the court much of the time then apply a bit more pace or increase the angle slightly.

3. Stick to the walls –

As a rule of thumb, play your shots down the line, sticking as close as possible to the side wall. Cross court shots have their place in the game, but they do open up all sorts of angles for your opponent which brings increased risk. Playing down the line and close to the wall will really limit your opponents return options, making their next move more predictable.

4. Keep moving –

Standing flat footed waiting for your opponents return shot is unforgivable, and you will almost certainly be punished. Squash is all about anticipation and positioning, so you should always be moving into the best position to return your opponents shot. When already in motion you can also accelerate quicker to get around the squash court. Try some practice drills on course to work on your movement and agility.

5. Play short after length –

If you are looking to play a short shot to the front of the court, make a long length shot towards the back of the court first. This sends your opponent to the back of the court, giving them maximum distance to cover to reach your return. Think of it as taking control of the rally and putting your opponent where you want them, before playing the killer drop shot.

6. Use the corners –

There are four corners of a squash court which should always be targeted in every shot. If you can get your shot to busy into any corner your opponent will struggle to play an aggressive return, putting you in control of the point. For short shots off the front wall, also try playing first off the side wall, as this can hugely cut down the angle the ball returns to the court at.

7. Stay positive –

Squash can quickly become a very frustrating game when things aren’t going your way, but keeping a positive attitude is crucial to turning things around. Forget every bad shot and play the next point with confidence and positivity – as hard as that sounds when you are up against it!

8. Dominate the ‘T’ –

To dominate a point you need to out-position your opponent as much as you need to out-play them. The key to this is the ‘T’ in the centre of the squash court, the dominant position for reaching all corners of the court. Return to this area after each point, and play shots which allow you to return to that zone without blocking your opponent.

9. Volley it –

Although more technically risky, a volleyed shot is much more aggressive and likely to win you a point if played correctly. This catches your opponent off guard and cuts down their time to reposition, putting you in the driving seat immediately. Only use when opportunity presents itself though, don’t try to overuse the volley shot and make unforced errors.

10. Mix it up –

Being unpredictable in your shot choice is crucial in gaining the upper hand in a rally situation. Experienced players will predict most obvious shots, so look for opportunities to mix it up and send them the wrong way, even surprise yourself once in a while!

So there you have the AllSquash Top 10 Squash Match Tips. We hope you can take at least some of them on board and onto the court next time you play.

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