2018 British open champion Miguel Rodriguez uses the Technifibre carboflex 125 Heritage squash racket.
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Balance: 350+/- 5 mm
Construction: Graphite & Basaltex Multiaxial
FactoryStrings: Sythetic Gut Black 1.25 Gauge
Flex: Isomorph Shaft
Head size (Inches): 77″
Head size (cm): 500 cm
Stringing pattern: 14 x 18
Unstrung weight: 125 grams
He was previously using the Tecnifibre Dynergy AP 125, a new frame with a similar power ring setup used in some of the prince rackets.
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• Premium construction made of lightweight but extremely torsion-resistant high modulus graphite for fast response and explosive acceleration, frame weight: 125 g (+/- 5 g, without string, eyelet and grip band).
• Includes high-quality fabric with TF Dnamx-string, diameter: 1.20 mm, black, “made in France” and full-cover.
• Arch power technology: optimum unfolding of the dynamic properties of the highly elastic PU covering by means of max. length of the longitudinal strings, jumbo shaft design with elliptical frame profile for max. power.
• Playing surface: 490 cm2, for ultimate power development/max. ball speed.
Watch Miguel capture the 2018 British Open title against world number 1. Mohammed El Shorbagy.
This is called the Unsquashable James Willstrop Hero squash racket, his new signature branding. View it here on Amazon.
Or the updated model here
Willstrop has been using the Unsquashable Y-Tec Pro racket
It seems to be the same specs just with updated graphics
Weight: 140 grams
String Pattern: 14 x 18
Head size: 500 sq cm
Also available on Amazon, click here, quite cheaply at the minute as the new racket is available imminently
Read Willstrop’s autobiography A shot and a ghost
Fast rising Kiwi squash star Paul Coll uses the Eye V.Lite 115 Control
The extended fan string pattern is offset by the thicker shaft, allowing for a balanced weight distribution. The frame is relatively stiff, giving a direct response and impressive control.
Head size (cm):
14 x 18
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The new GEL-FASTBALL 2 gives you comfort and ride suited to the fast, aggressive player and has a lot of lateral stability so you can move quickly all around the court. RhinoSkin/Open mesh Upper Take to center court and show up in style with the Asics Gel-Fastball 2 Indoor Court Shoe.
Its upper construction is set with a open mesh material, this is placed across the shoe to provide excellent comfort and breathability. It allows fresh air to permeate the interior layers keeping the foot cool and comfortable while also offering reduced irritation from seamless stitching.
The Gel-fastball does not pass on support as the mesh is covered with durable RhinoSkin overlays. This covers the upper body with an abrasion and tear resistant synthetic leather for increased upper durability while being more flexible when running. It actively secures the foot in place through medial and lateral movements, while still maintaining its shape and form. Finally at the rear of the upper construction cushioning properties are applied with a Personalised heel fit which is 2 layers of memory foam that line the collar and mould to the athlete’s heel, creating a personalized fit for the Achilles as you transition from foot to foot. SpEVA/DuoMax Midsole Asics have assigned the Gel-Fastball II with a bounty of dual midsole technologies to provide the wearer with exceptional stability and comfort.
A full-length SpEVA midsole works in unison with the DuoMax support system to provide bounce-back and cushioning to keep a spring in your step whilst playing, and give you continued energy return, even as you tire. Rearfoot and forefoot GEL units work in tandem with the SpEVA midsole offering support that Attenuates shock during impact and toe-off phases, and allows movement in multiple planes as the foot transitions through its natural movement.
Tecnifibre Squash green 9 racquet bag proves to be a solid on and off court travelling partner with the two generous compartments able to fit up to nine rackets. The bag features special ventilating perforations inspired by those included in racing cars to ensure impressive breathability and freshness. Additionally, you can store your favourite playing pair separately from the rest of apparel, thanks to a shoe compartment, and for accessories there is a small side zippered pocket. Moreover, the bag can be carried comfortably thanks to adjustable backpack straps, or alternatively with a practical carry handle.
Dunlop Biomimetic Elite squash racket, which is used by Greg, current world #1. Though he may actually be playing with an earlier model of a similar racket the Dunlop Custom ICE Elite and had it spray-painted to look like the Biomimetic Elite.
Name: Dunlop Biomimetic Elite
Manufacturer: Dunlop squash
Weight: Light (135 grams)
A solid all round indoor sports shoe that is used by Greg and has been for quite a number of years now. Many of the elite players are turning to this shoe because of the stability and grip it offers them when moving so dynamically into and out of the corners.
This is the 8-racket version:
The Dunlop Tac Performance 8 Racket Bag has the following features: The Dunlop Tac Performance 8 Racket Bag is suitable for both tennis and squash rackets. The bag has two large pockets in which a maximum of 8 rackets can be carried. The racket bag is also provided with various pockets on the sides and a special pocket for shoes. All pockets have a zipper. The racket bag is provided with two detachable, adjustable shoulder straps which offers the possibility to carry the bag as a backpack.
Specifications: Dunlop racket bag for squash and tennis rackets Maximal 8 rackets Various pockets, all with zipper Two adjustable, detachable shoulder straps Material: 100% polyamide Colour: black – orange – grey Size: 81 x 28 x 33cm.
Greg’s clothing sponsor is Dunlop and he uses a variety of their clothing lines, the good news is that they are all available pretty cheaply.
Greg has been using these for a couple of years now to aid recovery, movement balance and protect against injury.
The BV SPORT research and development centre, with its many scientific studies, proved that the pressure put on the lower limbs varies depending on the type and thickness of the living biological tissues of which they are composed. These tissues act as a pressure shock absorber (muscles and fat) or are otherwise incompressible (bones and, to a lesser extent, tendons and nerves).
These innovative factors have enabled us to design meshes of variable levels of rigidity (flexible/semi-rigid/rigid), which have been incorporated into the production of our compression ranges (Booster and ProRecup) since 2004.
Selective compression respects athletes’ anatomy and physiology, optimises muscular biomechanics during movement, improves venous return, limits extraneous vibrations and oscillations, decreases the risk of stiffness and DOMS and raises the fatigue threshold.
The foundation of all exercise is movement and this is most evident in a sport like squash where rapid changes in direction are at the sports core.
A system of training that could improve this ability would provide huge benefits for the player. Enter speed, agility and quickness (SAQ) training.
The benefits of speed, agility and quickness training for squash include: injury reduction, the ability to move more efficiently, faster and better recovery when faced with the sudden directional changes which are constantly occurring within our sport.
This can be greatly enhanced with correct SAQ training, in addition to adjusting exercise selection and techniques.
Speed is defined as the ability to move the body in one direction as fast as possible.
Agility is the ability to accelerate, decelerate, stabilize, and quickly change directions with proper posture.
Quickness is the ability to react and change body position with a maximum rate of force production.
Improving all three components will enhance a player’s match experience, satisfy the need for effective cardiorespiratory work, and provide variety in movement direction and position.
All standards of players can benefit from improved balance, quicker feet, and a faster reaction times, and this is precisely what Speed, Agility, and Quickness (SAQ) drills can help you achieve.
While SAQ drills are often thought of as interchangeable, it is important to recognize how these components are related, as well as how they differ.
General refers to the speed of which you’re able to move your arms and legs, in a way that allows you to move as fast as possible in a straight line. This is often referred to as linear speed. If you notice you have difficulty keeping up with or breaking away from your teammates and competitors, you will likely benefit from adding speed drills.
While speed refers to moving in a straight line, agility is the ability to change direction quickly and effectively. If you struggle moving side-to-side, or find yourself off balance a lot, agility training will help improve your performance.
While speed and agility rely on a combination of core and lower-body strength, quickness refers to your body’s reflexive reactions. Quickness measures your instant and rapid responses, and drills to improve these abilities usually only last several seconds. If you have trouble getting your body into position quickly or lack explosiveness in your first few steps, adding quickness drills to increase your reaction time will help you be a quicker athlete.
SAQ Drills Do Provide Tangible Benefits
As an athlete, speed, agility, and quickness training was introduced at a young age. In a sport like squash being faster than your opponent can make a huge difference, I quickly learned how to use a speed ladder and training cones to gain an advantage over my opponents.
As I matured as an athlete, the importance of speed, agility, and quickness took on more significance as the games became longer and faster. When quick reactions and effective footwork can be the difference between picking up a drop shot or changing direction and creating an opening in which to counter-attack. Being able to change direction in a split-second is massively important and successful players will learn to move in all directions early in their training and still remaining light on their feet yet incredibly explosive.
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Learning to Move Efficiently
Below are a few basic movement drills that can help prepare an athlete for a variety of situations.
6 Basic Locomotion Drills
3. Side Shuffle
5. Butt Kickers
6. High Knees
Medicine Ball Drills
Medicine balls are an invaluable tool for fighters and grapplers to develop upper body power. They can be used in a variety of exercises, but for the purposes of this article, we are going to focus on throwing.
We can throw them against a wall, the ground or with a partner.
Medicine ball exercises can be performed on the ground, kneeling (both knees down), half kneeling (one knee down), standing, or w/ movement.
Basic medicine ball throws include:
• Chest pass
• Overhead throw (soccer throw in)
• Rotational Throws
• Shot Put
• Hinge for height
• Hinge for distance
We typically use ladder drills after our warm up and locomotion drills. They are a great way to build strength, coordination and to fire up the nervous system before more intense work. These can become incredibly complex, but don’t need to be. Start slow, focus on technique and increase the speed as you become more proficient.
Here are some ladder basics that you can add to your arsenal:
• 1 foot per square running
• 2 feet per square running
• In, In, out (Icki Shuffle)
• Ali Shuffle
• Rotational Switch
• Cross Overs
Jump Rope Drills
Jumping rope has been a staple for combat athletes for a long, long time. Be sure to spring off of your toes and propel your body up, as this will help improve your quickness and explosiveness.
Below are some jump rope drills to try:
• Two feet
• Move right and left
• Move forward and back
• Circle right and left
• Side to side bounding
• Front to back bounding
• 1 foot hops
• High knees
• Double unders
Agility is defined as our ability to change direction. Reacting to our opponent, setting up an attack and defending requires us to move quickly and change directions quickly.
The sky is the limit on these drills, but here are a few of our favorites.
• 2 cone shuffle – set up two cones, 5 yards apart and shuffle as quickly as possible back and forth. These can be done of reps or time, but should be short and quick.
• 3 cone drill – You have seen this one in the NFL combine. Its also called 5-10-5 drill. 3 cones, five yards apart, start in the middle and sprint to one side, back to far side and then thru the middle to finish.
• Box drill – 4 cones, 5 yards apart, set up in a square. Sprint forward, side shuffle over, back pedal, side shuffle and repeat back the other way.
• Reaction drills – light or color. You can get creative with these. Setting up cones, colored dots or similar in a variety of patterns (half circle, circle, or other). The athlete must respond to their partner or coach’s command. So, if you are using colored dots, the coach my call out ‘red’ and the athlete has to find red and get there as quickly as possible.
Plyometrics can best be described as “reactive power” training, as plyometrics involve powerful contractions in response to a rapid stretching (eccentric action) of the same muscle and connective tissue. Just like any exercise, we should always lay a solid foundation and progress into more intense exercises.
Here’s a progression for plyometrics:
Level 1 – to box or step, no gravity
Level 2 – movement to stick or hold…introduce gravity and land well.
Level 3 – movement to bounce or studder, then progress
Level 4 – True plyometric, repeated jumping or bounding.
Speed, agility and quickness training can make a massive improvement to a players game. Developing these characteristics will take some time, but an effectively thought out plan coupled with consistent practice will yield great results.