Stringing Eye Squash Rackets
Posted 20th October 2019
Eye Rackets squash rackets require a little extra attention when restringing, compared with rackets from most other leading manufacturers. Eye rackets are unique in that they do not have conventional grommet/bumper strips, but instead have 'eyelets' that are inserted into individual grommet holes, much like with badminton rackets. The purpose of this is to minimise surplus weight at the head of the frame, thereby helping to achieve optimum balance. However, when they are not held in place by tensioned strings, the eyelets have a frustrating tendency to fall out and can easily be lost, particularly when pulling out old strings. This is made worse with factory strings coated with stencil ink, as the strings are slightly thicker than usual, which can cause them to catch on the eyelets.
For just an extra couple of minutes added onto your usual stringing time, using the tips below will ensure no time is wasted spent either scanning the floor or rummaging in the bin for lost eyelets.
- Cut the old strings the usual way using string bed scissors, starting with a single cut in the middle of the string bed across both a main and cross string.
- Pull the old strings out of the frame a little (about an inch), but not fully out.
- Use the string bed scissors to snip the loops of string on the outside of the frame.
- Pull the strings out from the inside of the frame to prevent the eyelets being pulled out with the strings.
- String the racket in the usual way. When pushing string into the eyelets from the inside of the frame, place a finger on the eyelet to stop it being dislodged.
- Take care when pulling the string through, as this can also dislodge the eyelets and cause the string to drag across the edge of the grommet hole. While it is normally best to pull the string through straight to reduce friction on the frame, applying a bit of sideways pressure on the string 'jams' the grommet against the frame of the racket, keeping it in place.
Replacement grommet sets can be bought from the Eye Rackets website. The replacement eyelets are suitable for all Eye Rackets frames and can also be used on other manufacturer’s rackets, for repairing and replacing damaged grommets.