Fencing coach has a handle on equipment improvement

The new sword handle, demonstrated by (below) Andie Bayston. Photos: SG210912-790MD and 791MD
The new sword handle, demonstrated by (below) Andie Bayston. Photos: SG210912-790MD and 791MD
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THE founder of South Holland’s only fencing club is waiting to see whether he has played a part in revolutionising the sport.

Andie Bayston, head coach at Custodians Fencing Club in Spalding, helped to advise on the development of a new handle that could give fencers an edge in competition.

New Sword blade handle'Castle Sorts Club, Spalding'21/09/12'Andrew Bayston displays new sword handle.

New Sword blade handle'Castle Sorts Club, Spalding'21/09/12'Andrew Bayston displays new sword handle.

It allows fencers to use self-setting rubber to make their weapons more comfortable to handle and easier to grip.

Andie sent a photograph of his own customised handle to fencing equipment manufacturers Leon Paul, which it has adapted in developing a new product.

“I used to suffer from tennis elbow until I met former European badminton champion Gillian Gilks who showed me how she had made her own racquet handle thicker by wrapping tape round it,” Andie said.

“When I tried it on my fencing handle, it became more comfortable so I sent a photograph to Leon Paul who liked my idea.”

“The new handle isn’t on the market yet but I think it’s incredible for fencing and I hope it does something for the sport.”