Is This Reel?

Yeah, I know what you are thinking...John can't spell!  Well, you are partially right!

The "reel" I am talking about is the one that most racquet strings come on for those that prefer that format.  More specifically I am talking about "bogus" string on reels!  We don't buy anything from unknown or unverified suppliers, period.  But I recognize how tempting it can be to get a reel of Luxilon 4G for $35.00 for example!

Obviously, anyone familiar with string cost would know that this cannot be the "reel" thing but what if your client is trying to save a ton of money and brings a reel into you for stringing?  It will become clear during the stringing process that this is not what you are used to!

But how do you tell if a reel of a string is bogus, or potentially bogus requiring more discussion before you begin the stringing process?  The easiest way to tell is to look at the reel!  More specifically the bonding of the two halves of the plastic reel.

Here are some images of reels.  See if you can spot the bogus reel.

Is this reel?

Is this real or unreal?

Is this real or unreal?

4G...real or unreal?

If you have identified the "bogus" reel then that "bonding" is what you would look for if you are suspicious.

If you buy most of your string in sets (individual packages) you are at even more risk of not being able to identify a bogus string.  The people making and selling this stuff are very good at "copying" legitimate packaging.

So, my advice is to only buy string, or any product for that matter, from a known, reliable source.

Let me know which reel is bogus!

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

How Much Influence Do You Have?

Steve Crandall of Ashaway Strings recently posted about "Advise and Consent."  I believe he said we should "advise more and consent less"!  I agree with Steve! Let's expand the subject a bit and think about the "realities" … [Continue reading]

Gosen G Tour 3 Added to String Characteristics

Gosen has added a new, very thin, G Tour 3 to the line of G Tour polyester strings.  The concept according to Gosen is "in pursuit of a good feeling at impact to secure victory". Gosen adds "Gosen has further developed polyester composed of … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]


Dear GSS Alliance Members, If you are in the market for a new stringing machine, look no further than the TOURNA CUBE! See what Nate Pagel - Associate Director at USRSA had to say on the CUBE: Nate Pagel This is a fantastic … [Continue reading]