Archives for March 2018

Will Poor Stringing Save the Life of Polyester?

OK, here’s the deal.  I have written about this several times and each time I decided that it was a waste of time, so it goes back into a file somewhere! The time is now that we really need to understand more about stringing as a consumer and what we can do as racquet technicians to [see more]

Where to Tie Off

Stringing a tennis racquet using a hybrid format will require four (4) tie offs.  So where are are they going to be? When using a hybrid format, two different strings are involved, and one of those may be natural gut.  We are going to concentrate on trying off when natural gut is used. Simply stated only tie off [see more]

Update on Wilson racquet reviews

Not long ago I placed a post here indicating that I had several Wilson racquets on the way to test and review. Unfortunately, that parcel never arrived and we’re still trying to get UPS to track it down. The good news however, is that the rep was in yesterday and hand delivered 19 new Wilson [see more]

How do you respond?

I was recently pointed to an Instagram post where a guy was stringing a Yonex racquet and complaining about the racquet being strung with two pieces of string. Not only was he complaining, but he was commenting that anyone who doesn’t use an ATW pattern was an idiot. So I wonder, what’s your instinctive reaction [see more]

New Polyurethane Resin Technology from Ashaway

— Proprietary Nylon/PU matrix adds toughness, durability and grip, maintains soft nylon feel Ashaway, RI – Ashaway has introduced another technical innovation to its line of squash strings: a polyurethane (PU) based, multifilament nylon string designed to add toughness and durability for players who like to really cut and spin the ball. Ashaway’s first string [see more]

And Now This…

In the words of Lord Kelvin (May 1883) “When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meager and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in [see more]

String Failure (continued)

In a previous post, we saw string failure(s) for the same string, i.e., not a “hybrid” format. In this post, we will see the typical failure of a “hybrid” format using polyester for the main string and a multifilament for the cross string. The polyester string shows very little wear whereas the multifilament cross string has [see more]

Know Your History!

As racquet technicians, we are bombarded with “new product” information! Especially when it comes to racquet string! So what do you and we need to know when making a string decision? History, that’s what.  The image shows just some historical data points. We can look at data for any string and client to determine the history [see more]

String Failure Redux

What if the strings break before you can re-string, and why do they break! Strings wear out!  The picture shows what that may look like.  A clean break close to the area the ball is hit most often you will see “notches” caused by the rubbing friction between the strings.   This is an OK [see more]

Yonex VCore Pro 97 – 330

Finally, we get to the VCore Pro 97 -330 which you can probably guess is the “playerest” of the new Yonex VCore Pro Series. This is one of those racquets you can just pick up and play!  No need to fuss around with weight, swing weight, and other stuff.  Just play. As noted before every [see more]