Need Direction?

A client just sent me the following statement and I think it has reason to be distributed amongst tennis players searching for “direction” when it comes to string and their game! “Hah. Trying out these different strings has been very interesting. Over the past week or so, trying the different strings has given me some [see more]

String Shape Considerations

Monofilament string can be easily produced in almost any shape.  Round, square, triangular, hexagonal, octagonal etc.  So, on the surface that seems like a good thing.  Who wouldn’t want the sharp edges digging into the ball creating even more spin! But, there may be a side to the shape that needs considering and that is tension as [see more]

A quick primer for buying a racquet

Over my many years of being in this business the thing that irritates me the most is to see someone come to me for help just after they’ve bought a new racquet. I have no problem helping them mind you. That’s not the point. The point is often they’ve been sold the wrong racquet and [see more]

Overgrip Overload!

A new client came in today wanting to discuss using natural gut, specifically Babolat VS Team.  The racquet is a very light model sporting a 14 x 16 string pattern.  When asked “why the interest in the natural gut?”  Well, I hit with a team members racquet, and it was “spectacular!” Anyway, for several good reasons, we [see more]

String breaks. Do you know the difference?

There are a lot of misconceptions about strings and stringing and that comes primarily from “Internet land”. There’s just a lot of bad information out there and for the most part, the average player who has no real knowledge of string or stringing doesn’t really know how to tell what’s factual and what’s not. In [see more]

Attention players: Try to avoid this

Often times I see racquets coming to me for service that have a very common problem. Looking at the top of the racquet with reference to a clock face, at the 11 & 1 areas and moving in towards the center to almost 12 o’clock straight up the bumper guard is completely worn away and [see more]

Murray’s comeback troubles continue

Courtesy The Guardian A crestfallen Andy Murray withdrew at the last minute from the Brisbane International on Tuesday, then cast serious doubt on his immediate future when he revealed he is considering surgery to mend his troublesome right hip. His chances of playing in the Australian Open, less than a fortnight away, are negligible. After [see more]

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from IART. I wish only the best for all of you in 2018 with many new clients, lots of racquets to string and strong hands and fingers to see you through the heaviest work loads.

Let’s talk about stringing…..Part 3

So, just how often should you re-string your racquet? This is probably one of the most misunderstood aspects of the game for the typical recreational player and there are some basic elements that can help you understand what works best for you. How often you re-string can depend on a variety of factors so consider [see more]

Let’s talk about stringing…..Part 2

In part one of this series I talked about who you should trust your racquet service needs to and why. Dispelling the myth that your local teaching pro was the right person was the first step while at the same time, clarifying that it’s not the teaching pros fault. Their organizations simply do not provide [see more]