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]

New Toalson String Added!

Toa Strings Company has been around for a long, long time and many of us started playing tennis using Leoina 66 in our racquets!  We still do some hybrids with it even today!  This Japanese company makes other tennis related products but our focus today is their string. All of the strings tested for this review came in packages [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]

New Polyurethane Resin Technology from Ashaway

— Proprietary Nylon/PU matrix adds toughness, durability and grip, maintains soft nylon feel Ashaway, RI – Ashaway has introduced another technical innovation to its line of squash strings: a polyurethane (PU) based, multifilament nylon string designed to add toughness and durability for players who like to really cut and spin the ball. Ashaway’s first string [see more]

Yonex VCore Pro 97 – 310

Yonex continues their tiered performance racquet concept with the VCore Pro Series.  In this case, there is the VCore Pro 97 – 330, the VCore Pro 97 – 310, and the VCore Pro 100 – 300.  For racquets that look the same they each feel substantially different in a right way, I think! This review is [see more]

Ashaway Develops Textured Surface Coating for Line of ZyMax® Badminton Strings

— New textured coating an evolution of ZyMax technology to stiffen feel, add control Ashaway, RI – Ashaway Racket Strings has developed a proprietary textured surface coating for their ZyMax® line of badminton strings. New coated strings will be dubbed “ZyMax TX,” and like their ZyMax Fire siblings, will utilize Ashaway’s proprietary BETA polymer fibers and [see more]

49-Year Old Yuko Kawasaki Makes it to the Badminton World Championships with Ashaway ZyMax® 66 Fire String

Ashaway, RI – An improbable story, a quest, a dream come true: however you want to style it, Yuko Kawasaki’s journey to this year’s World Badminton Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, makes for an epic tale of grit, determination, and not a little talent. As an amateur and, at 49, the oldest female competitor, Yuko and [see more]

Gosen GM One…this is not a string!

I have been evaluating the Gosen GM One Diagnostic Device for a few days, and, if you are in the market for a really good swing weight and scale device you need to take a look at this offering from Gosen! The Gosen GM One has increased the “precision” to .5 units for swing weight [see more]

Ashaway Sponsors Rising Squash Sensation Diego Elias

— Ranked #17 in the world, 20-year old Elias is the first Peruvian to ever to win a PSA World Tour title   Ashaway, RI – Ashaway Racket Strings has just signed a sponsorship agreement with young Peruvian squash sensation Diego Elias. Twenty-year old Elias, who is currently ranked #17, joined the PSA tour in [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]