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Squash String Play Test Ashaway SuperNick ZX Micro Black

Squash String Test

Squash String Play Test Ashaway SuperNick ZX Micro Black
Ashaway SuperNick ZX Micro
Ashaway SuperNick ZX Micro is a nylon core multifilament string with a textured surface . Offering the best features of Ashaway ’ s legendary Supernick XL , combined with the superb characteristics of the Zyex fibres . The string is made up of a nylon multifilament center core with outer layer of woven Zyex to increase durability and tension maintenance . In addition to providing optimum ball feel , control , precision and spin potential .
Gauge : 1.15mm ( 18 ) Length : Reel - 110 meters Sets - 9 meters Color Black
Ashaway Line & Twine Mfg . Co ., the only U . S . manufacturer of string for squash , tennis , racquetball , and badminton . For more information visit www . ashawayusa . com
In the lab
We tested sets of Ashaway Supernick ZX Micro in our office . The coil measured 10.9 meters . The diameter measured 1.17-1.20 mm prior to stringing , and 1.14 – 1.16 mm after stringing . We recorded a stringbed stiffness of 23 Dynamic Tension on a Beers ERT 300 immediately after stringing at 25 pounds in a ( 14 x 18 pattern ) racquet on a Yonex ES5 stringing machine . After 24 hours ( no playing ), stringbed stiffness measured 21 RDC units , representing a 8.7 percent tension loss . The Supernick ZX Micro added 9.3 grams to the weight of our unstrung frame . The string has a braided surface with an outer coating . The ERT tests were in the normal range for a squash string . The string was tested for five weeks by 19 ERSA playtesters , with playing levels of intermediate to tournament players . These are blind tests , with playtesters receiving unmarked strings in unmarked packages . Average number of hours playtested was 7.5 .
Stringing No playtester broke his sample during stringing , no problems with coil memory , typical with squash strings . The string is a typical woven Ashaway string with a textured outer surface which you need to pull a little slower when installing the cross strings . It was relatively easy because of the the thin 1.15mm gauge . No one had problems with tying knots . All rated it as the same or easier to string than other strings in this category , as we expected with a 1.15 mm string on a squash racquet .