Archives for February 2015

Babolat Pure Drive FSI

At first glance this looks exactly like any other Pure Drive with brighter graphics.  But wait, there seems to be more than the cosmetics going on. The first clue is the addition of FSI Frame String Interaction graphic on the side of the racquet.  But what is FSI? Actually it is several things.  The string [see more]

Parents & Players vs Mass Confusion & Misinformation

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over my long career as a racquet technician it’s that the odds are heavily stacked against players when it comes to figuring out equipment. There’s also one segment here that has it especially hard and that’s parents and juniors. Unless the parents are tennis players themselves their knowledge of [see more]

Dunlop iDapt Review (Consumer Edition)

By now you have probably seen, or even hit with, the new concept by Dunlop they have named “iDapt” and for good reason. If you have not learned much about this series I will try to make it clear as to what the iDapt does. First is does not come in one (1) piece!  Yikes, [see more]

IART Announces New YTex IART Sponsorship

One of the newest sponsors at the 2014 IART symposium was YTex strings. We’re happy to announce a new partnership with YTex that will allow all IART members a 30% discount on YTex strings. Here’s a brief excerpt from the YTex website: All our manufacturing is done in Europe, supervised by experts who have been [see more]

Ashaway Introduces Two New 0.66 mm Badminton Strings: ZyMax® Fire and Fire Power

Ashaway, RI – Ashaway Racket Strings offers the best of both worlds with the introduction of two new 22 gauge (0.66 mm) badminton strings. Both ZyMax® 66 Fire and ZyMax 66 Fire Power use Ashaway’s proprietary BETA polymer fibers, and are constructed using the company’s special ZyWeaVe™ string core technology. But by varying the polymer [see more]

IART Directories

Greetings IART members How many of you are aware of the various directories on the IART website and their uses for members? There are currently 3 separate directories listed under, you guessed it, the Directories navigation menu at the top of the home page. Here’s a brief overview: BUMPER/GROMMET DATA BASE…..As a member, you can [see more]

YTex Strings

Recently I received ten (10) sets of YTex string which, I believe, represent the latest offerings from this company.  You can see the “Power Potential” data later but first there is one thing that sets some of this string series apart. That one thing is “polyolefin”, which is, simply, a soft thermoplastic material that can be [see more]

Yonex Tournament Stringers

Greetings IART members I have recently updated/changed the tournament stringers directory to include more fields. To bring the list up to date it was necessary for me to delete all members who had previously entered their profiles and those people have been contacted and asked to re-enter their profiles. FYI-this list is promoted to various [see more]