String Bed Stiffness

String Bed Stiffness (SBS) is rarely included when players talk about the string and tension they are using. This is a problem, in my opinion! Recently I received three (3) racquets that needed to be matched and a little custom work applied. I was stunned at the really poor stringing, which had contributed to racquet [see more]

Racquet Technicians Wanted!

If you are interested in stringing in the Melbourne Florida area in February and April the premier club in that area is looking for you! These tournaments will be men’s in February and women’s in April I believe. Two technicians are required for each tournament so if you are interested and qualified contact Gary Knowlton [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]

What Difference Does it Make?

There is a lot of discussions, when talking about hybrid string formats, as to where the natural gut portion should go. Should gut be in the main or the cross? Well, we will see what difference it makes in just a few minutes. The racquets in question are identical Volkl Super G Mid 320 SMU’s [see more]

Comparing Natural Gut String

Luxilon, which is a major player in the monofilament PET string field, recently introduced a natural gut string as a complement to the broad range of string that is used in hybrid formats. I have generated a lot of data over the past few months about the Luxilon string, both 16 and 17 gauge, compared to [see more]

Uber It!

I just received my first delivery of racquets via Uber! If you have clients too busy to get by your shop you may suggest they try Uber!  This driver had good record keeping skills which prove I received the racquets. John

The Complete Package for the Recreational Player – Part 4 – Strings 101

A deeper dive into strings. Part Three identified the five (5) leading string materials as: Nylon Natural Gut Kevlar® Polyester PEEK Not necessarily in order of usage, which would probably be: Nylon Polyester Natural Gut PEEK Kevlar® Let’s start with Nylon™ (polyamide) Nylon is very good material! It is relatively inexpensive, has good physical, properties, [see more]