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]

Wilson Ultra Tour V2.0

The current Wilson line offers 6 models of their newly redesigned Ultra series frames with the Tour model definitely geared for advanced players. It starts with an 18×20 string pattern coupled with a nice narrow 21mm beam width. Our model tested out with a 6.90 HL balance and weighed a hefty 11.29 oz strung. Let’s [see more]

Yonex VCore Pro 97 – 330

Finally, we get to the VCore Pro 97 -330 which you can probably guess is the “playerest” of the new Yonex VCore Pro Series. This is one of those racquets you can just pick up and play!  No need to fuss around with weight, swing weight, and other stuff.  Just play. As noted before every [see more]

Sergetti Stringing System Update

I strung my racquet today using the Sergetti Stringing System. The racquet is a Head Radical Pro, the string is VS Touch mains and Ashaway Monogut ZX Pro cross. The machine is the Wilson Baiardo. I want to do this on a few machines but need to save some money for the gut that I [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]

Yonex VCore Pro 100 – 300

Yonex updates their performance series with the introduction of the VCore Pro Series.  This series consists, right now anyway, of three (3) racquets;   Pro 97 – 330, Pro 97 -310, and the Pro 100 -300.  These are the thin beam, slim geometry style which has been the hallmark of the Duel G Series. All of [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]

New Wilson racquet reviews coming soon

Just a heads up that I’m due to receive several of the newer Wilson frames for review real soon. Apologies from here as I’ve lagged behind in doing racquet reviews and hope to do some catching up this year. As a side note, be aware that it’s not always easy for IART to get a [see more]

Wilson Pro Staff 97L Countervail

The Pro Staff 97L Countervail looks just like the one Federer uses, complete with the same cosmetics, laser engraving and chrome touches. However, this one is much lighter and more suited for the “mortal” user as opposed to the “super human” type like Federer. The Countervail version offers a material technology designed to reduce impact vibrations and muscle [see more]