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Written by Tim Strawn

Owner, IART

Consumer content

Here’s a heads up for our consumer members. When you receive your weekly email newsletter the articles contained there should all be accessible to you. If you click on any article to read the entire content you should also be able to scroll down and comment or ask questions. The way you can tell if [see more]

The Edge Power Trainer

I was recently contacted by the folks at The Edge Power Trainer and sent a sample of their product. This is a simple device that you attach to a racquet to enhance your strength, speed and stamina by isolating the muscles a player uses while playing tennis. While their website describes this product as “innovative” [see more]

Video library update

Recently I posted about the new IART video project and now here’s an update. I mentioned that this was something that I had wanted to include for members for a very long time and since I have a little extra time this year I’m able to delve into this project. Needless to say, our videos [see more]

Badminton technical question

Ok this one is for all of you who are our experienced badminton guru’s. In tennis we advocate installing the cross strings from the top to the bottom. The reason for this is that the strongest part of the racquet is considered to be the yoke and since the stress follows the weave, we weave [see more]

Ashaway’s Micro Gauge Squash String Scores Big in Blind Playtest

– 18-Gauge Ashaway SuperNick® ZX Micro gains high marks for playability, power, comfort, feel and control in recent Pro Stringer String Test  — SNZX string uses nylon multifilament core in special wear layer of Zyex® filaments to enhance touch, maintain tension, and maximize control   Ashaway, RI – In a recent blind string test conducted [see more]

Challenge Question

Recently I was approached by former WTA player Brenda Schultz McCarthy who has a training facility near me. She brought in 2 Babolat Pure Drives belonging to #1 Virginia Tech player Francesca Fusinato for stringing and customization. Fusi was requesting that I string and add 22 grams of weight to each racquet and since I [see more]

Boris Becker’s Fall

Modal Trigger Boris BeckerGetty Images Boris Becker had it all — six grand-slam tennis titles, models hanging off his arm and luxury houses all over the world. At the height of his career, the German ace had amassed a reported $63 million in prize money and sponsorships, but now the man once known as “Boom [see more]

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]