Ashaway Power Filament micro squash string

October 7, 2016

Ashaway, RI – Ashaway Racket Strings has refined its Power Filament Technology (PFT™) to develop a new micro-gauge squash string. New SuperNick® ZX Micro is an 18- gauge (1.15 mm) string with a multifilament nylon core wrapped in a special PFT wear layer of Zyex® filaments. Designed to provide precise touch while maintaining excellent tension control, new SuperNick ZX Micro is intended for players who require superior durability and better tension control but still want the feel of a nylon core SuperNick string.


“SuperNick ZX Micro is a case of less is more,” said Ashaway’s Steve Crandall. “No sooner had we introduced our popular 17- gauge SuperNick ZX string than players started asking for the same PFT construction in a thinner gauge. It took a bit of work, but play-testers on the pro tour have been really pleased with the result.”

The property that makes Zyex so good for racquet strings is its low dynamic stiffness, which allows them to stretch and recover more completely than other synthetic materials. This generates power with low impact shock (soft power). Zyex can also be made to have exceptionally low creep under continuous tension, allowing racquet strings to maintain tension and playability longer.

When Zyex fibers are woven into jacket constructions, they enhance string playability as well. Ashaway’s trademarked Power Filament Technology jackets on multifilament nylon core strings add power, improve tension holding, and increase string durability. A textured surface on the wear layer also increases grip and maximizes ball control and spin potential.

Ashaway introduced its first PFT-based string, SuperNick ZX, in late 2015, and several leading professionals, including David Palmer, John White, and Mathieu Castagnet immediately converted to it. Professional play-testers report that the new SuperNick ZX Micro provides a more precise touch than its sister string, and being thinner, provides better control and spin potential as well.

Solid black in color, SuperNick ZX Micro is available in 9-meter (30 foot) sets, as well as 110-meter (360 foot) reels. Recommended stringing tension is up to 35 lbs. (16 kgs.).

Ashaway Racket Strings are made by Ashaway Line & Twine Mfg. Co., the only U.S. manufacturer of string for squash, tennis, racquetball, and badminton. Operated by the Crandall family since 1824, Ashaway has been making racquet strings since 1949, and is responsible for several important technical innovations. Ashaway has been the Official String of USA Racquetball for more than ten years, and is also the Official String of Professional Tennis Registry. Ashaway Line & Twine Mfg. Co. also makes braided products for medical and industrial applications. For more information visit Zyex is a registered trademark of Zyex Ltd.

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