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Written by Tim Strawn

Owner, IART

What if?

What if the loss in tension of a string had no real impact on how well a player could play with it? For example, we know that many poly’s lose tension quite fast and as a result,  within a matter of hours the percentage of tension loss is very high. The fact of the matter [see more]

Video & Photo Project Update

At the beginning of the year I placed a post HERE about a new video/photo project that I’ve wanted to undertake for quite some time. For those of you who have been asking and some who have signed on knowing that this is coming, I thank you for your patience.  I had a vision of how [see more]

Babolat racquets & premature natural gut breaks

I’ve had some issues recently with natural gut breaking prematurely on Babolat racquets, in particular, Pure Drives. This seems to be consistently happening at the 5-6 head and/or throat areas. Recently I did a Babolat Overdrive 110 with Tonic+ Longevity 1.35. One week later, the string broke before the player ever hit a ball with [see more]

Ashaway’s Updated Badminton Line Offers a String for Every Style and Level of Play

Ashaway, RI — After a number of consolidations and introductions, Ashaway’s updated line of badminton strings is now structured to provide a string for every style and frequency of play, from weekend shuttlers to the world’s top professionals. The complete line now includes two string families: the ZyMax® Fire family of competition strings, which are [see more]

Member posts

Greetings all I’ve noticed in the past that some of you have started posts that were never finished so I’m wondering….are you running into difficulty posting on the IART site? If you have questions about contributing posts please don’t hesitate to PM me and I’ll be happy to help in any way I can.

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]

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]