Archives for April 2017

Pre-stretching String

The IART position on pre-stretching is that all strings should be pre-stretched Go HERE for a more detailed analysis on pre-stretching string

Pre-stretching string

If ever there were fodder for Internet babble the topic of pre-stretching racquet string would certainly find it’s way into the conversation. Why? Because everyone has their own opinion about this practice so let’s make this very simple. IMHO, there are two positions on this topic worth having a discussion about. Tournament stringing Shop stringing [see more]

Babolat Pure Strike VS Tour

According to Babolat, the new Pure Strike VS Tour is: THE SPEED MACHINE: A POWERFUL AND PRECISE RACKET TO ATTACK AND COUNTER-ATTACK. The new Pure Strike is for very strong striker players who like a heavy racquet and players who speed up the ball & need responsiveness to increase their precision. A square beam and [see more]

Average of What?

Many racquet buyers rely on the information found online or even on the racquet itself.  These data can be a little “off” so I prefer the actual specifications. But how about the “Average Weight” as a way to know what you are getting.  We know at first glance what is meant because we know what racquets weigh. [see more]

Head Primal Hybrid

Head is introducing their new Primal Hybrid string set as an easy way to answer the question “what strings go where?” The main string is a monofilament and the cross string is a multifilament…it says so on the package.  The power potential of the main string is 4.54 and the cross string is 8.72.  This [see more]

String Selection – juniors & polyester

No 100% polyester string bed for anyone under sixteen (16) years of age and at a tension setting of no more that forty (40) pounds (18.1Kg). This position is associated with racquet head size and player stature. Most junior players cannot benefit from polyester based strings due to increased speed required to “activate” the string [see more]

Swing Weight

The IART recommendation for ideal swing weights for men and women are: 1) Swing weight (inertia) for men should be at least 315 based on available diagnostic equipment 2) Swing weight (inertia) for women should be at least 300 based on available diagnostic equipment NOTE: Diagnostic equipment uses units as Kg/cm2. One of the most important [see more]

New Ytex discounts for IART members

Hey IART members Ytex and IART have a new sponsorship update that should be of interest to all. Go HERE and drill down to the Ytex listing for details. If you’ve been buying Ytex strings you now have increased discounts on all purchases. Thanks Ivor Savage for your continued support of the IART and members, please [see more]

Come on, REALLY?

When can we expect string manufacturers to stop making impossible claims? “String X will give you more topspin” “String Y is the string for you if you’re looking for more spin” Some simply brush these claims aside as if not important while others see it as a real problem. To those selling the string I [see more]

SuperNick® ZX Family Rounds Out Ashaway Squash String Line

SuperNick ZX strings combine nylon multifilament cores with special wear layers of Zyex® filaments to provide precise touch, maintain tension, and maximize spin   Ashaway, RI – Ashaway’s family of SuperNick® ZX squash strings offers a new set of playing characteristics that rounds out the company’s diverse line of squash string capabilities. Combining nylon multifilament [see more]