Archives for April 2018

Do a Thorough “Prespection”!

What do we mean by “Prespection”?  I mean a “Prespection” is an aggressive method of finding anything that can stand in your way of success! As racquet technicians, we are presented with many opportunities to help players and sometimes with those opportunities comes challenges!  We all do cursory inspections before stringing but before you start [see more]

Toalson Poly Grande ProFocus-Play test

This will be the first of what I hope will be a series of play tests for the Toaslon strings we recently received here at IART. My experience has been that play tests are not that easy to conduct and far too objective IMHO. That’s one of the reasons we don’t typically do dynamic play [see more]

New Toalson String Added!

Toa Strings Company has been around for a long, long time and many of us started playing tennis using Leoina 66 in our racquets!  We still do some hybrids with it even today!  This Japanese company makes other tennis related products but our focus today is their string. All of the strings tested for this review came in packages [see more]

Toalson strings to be added to IART data base

I am happy to announce that we have received quite a few strings to test from a company that many people may not be too familiar with. Toalson has been around since 1956 when they first appeared under the name of Toa Co, Ltd. My personal experience with Toa came when I began playing tennis [see more]

Why Two (2) Piece Stringing

The IART position is that a two (2) piece stringing is the preferred format.  Some racquet companies require two (2) piece with tie off’s at the top and the first cross string starting at the top. Following is a brief explanation of this position. Two (2) piece stringing from the center out distributes stress in the [see more]

TOURNA Stringing machines – Discounted for GSS Alliance Members

  To all of the GSS Alliance members we have a special deal on the TOURNA stringing machines. I bet some of you thought that TOURNA only manufactured Tourna Grip but the company Unique Sports offer so much more. Hundreds of tennis and sport accessories and now top of the line TOURNA stringing machines. The [see more]

Where do You Buy Your Racquet and Why?

I wrote this post a long time ago but I recently saw where a tennis store was closing after many years of service to the community.  I have NO idea if what I am writing about had anything to do with the closing but here it is: Making a tennis racquet selection, and actually purchasing that racquet, [see more]

Wilson Ultra Tour V2.0

The current Wilson line offers 6 models of their newly redesigned Ultra series frames with the Tour model definitely geared for advanced players. It starts with an 18×20 string pattern coupled with a nice narrow 21mm beam width. Our model tested out with a 6.90 HL balance and weighed a hefty 11.29 oz strung. Let’s [see more]

Parents & Junior Racquet Transitions

If you’re a parent with an aspiring junior player you have a lot on your plate and this post is particularly important if you’re starting your kids off at a very early age. Making sure your player has the right equipment for every stage of their development is important but often times, those decisions are [see more]

What Do You Expect?

I see a lot of tennis racquets that come from any number of shops, online outlets, home stringers and others and I need to know what you, the customer, expect from the person you use for stringing and/or buy your racquets from. I see racquets that are not correctly, professionally strung and I wonder “what [see more]