Written by Tim Strawn

Executive Director, IART

Wilson Ultra 100UL

There are a total of 6 frames in the new Wilson Ultra line and this one is the lightest. Our racquet weighed in at 9.63 oz (273g) making this a good candidate for beginners as well as juniors transitioning to a full length adult frame. This model also comes with Wilson’s Uncontaminated Design, which means it [see more]

Develop a rhythm when you string

Think of anything you do on a regular basis and tell me it’s something you’ve done for a very long time. Do you do it differently every time? Most likely not and there’s a very good reason why. After having done this “thing” repeatedly you eventually discovered the most efficient way to do it. Now [see more]

Roland Garros Stringing Service

Nice article and video HERE about the stringing services at the French Open. For those of you who have attended past IART symposiums you’ll recognize Eric Ferrazzi of ERECA who is now the manager of the stringing team for Babolat. In the forefront of the photo is Josh Newton, an employee of Babolat and someone [see more]

Wilson Ultra 100L V2.0

The Ultra series is a unique collection of frames for the intermediate to advanced player. Starting with the base model, the Ultra 100 V2.0 that weighs 311g (10.97 oz), the Ultra 100L V2.0 reduces the base model down to 287g (10.12 oz) but maintains the balance at just over 4pts HL. However, the UL version [see more]

Promoting on FaceBook to sell your B/G sets

Greetings members Many of you have taken the time to list your B/G sets for sale here on the IART website so I wanted to share with you what I’ve been doing to boost the sales of my own sets. I’ve acquired quite a few sets over the years, far more than I need to [see more]

The string breaker!

We all face this dilemma sooner or later. A young player who blows through string faster than lightning and a parent who is beside themselves wondering why and what can be done about it. I have a young high school player who was previously using a frame with a 16×19 pattern and breaking strings in [see more]

Wilson Ultra 100 CV V2.0

The V2.0 is the second generation of the Ultra 100. Our model came in with a static weight of 10.97 ounces (strung) and is a racquet that I believe would work well for intermediates players. Wilson’s Countervail technology enhances the overall comfort of this frame and is a nice addition. There’s a structural reinforcement in the shaft [see more]

Racquet Stringers Should Advise More, Consent Less, Says Ashaway’s Steve Crandall

 While the risks of polyester strings are well known, advising clients on the proper string alternatives can be good for business Ashaway, RI – In a recent column on the risks of polyester string, Ashaway’s Steve Crandall said that it is the job of a racquet technician to advise his or her clients on proper [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]

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]