Babolat Pure Strike VS Tour

According to Babolat, the new Pure Strike VS Tour is: THE SPEED MACHINE: A POWERFUL AND PRECISE RACKET TO ATTACK AND COUNTER-ATTACK. The new Pure Strike is for very strong striker players who like a heavy racquet and players who speed up the ball & need responsiveness to increase their precision. A square beam and [see more]

Head Primal Hybrid

Head is introducing their new Primal Hybrid string set as an easy way to answer the question “what strings go where?” The main string is a monofilament and the cross string is a multifilament…it says so on the package.  The power potential of the main string is 4.54 and the cross string is 8.72.  This [see more]

What Difference Does it Make?

There is a lot of discussions, when talking about hybrid string formats, as to where the natural gut portion should go. Should gut be in the main or the cross? Well, we will see what difference it makes in just a few minutes. The racquets in question are identical Volkl Super G Mid 320 SMU’s [see more]

Comparing Natural Gut String

Luxilon, which is a major player in the monofilament PET string field, recently introduced a natural gut string as a complement to the broad range of string that is used in hybrid formats. I have generated a lot of data over the past few months about the Luxilon string, both 16 and 17 gauge, compared to [see more]

Babolat RPM Blast Rough

Babolat has entered the “rough” polyester string market in a brilliant way! The colors I mean!  There are several bright strings on the market but these two standout!  Of course, color does not make a string good or bad, but the appearance is an important part of string selection for many players.  It seems “natural” [see more]

Yonex String Added!

I don’t know about you but the Yonex string “line” sort of gets overlooked, and it is no wonder with so many string brands available now. However, the Yonex line represents a very broad offering of materials, shapes, textures, and gauges, most of which are manufactured in Japan. Yonex “Rexis” is a new entry and represents a very [see more]

New Strings Added!

I added several new strings to the String Characteristic Data.  Thank you, Mark, for the TopSpin and PolyFibre strings. These bring the total number of strings, in this database, to almost 400 hundred (391 to be exact)! Four (4) of the PolyFibre strings stand out especially considering the talk about “soft” strings.  You will quickly [see more]

Gosen String Added to Data

Many thanks to Jim Conti of Sportmode, Inc, the US arm of Gosen for sending some strings for inclusion in the IART String Characteristic Data. The strings added or updated are: Gosen Sidewinder 16 Gosen Sidewinder 17 Gosen Poly Professional 16 Gosen Poly Professional 17 As a reminder, the IART String Characteristic Data are a great resource when [see more]

New strings requested for characteristics data base

In an effort to keep our list of tested strings as current as possible I have made several requests to the various manufacturers to send us strings that we currently do not have listed. Some of the companies we are trying to update include: Alpha Babolat (looks like we just need the new RPM Rough) [see more]

Soft String…What is it?

In 1994 I did a presentation for the USRSA in Atlanta.  The topic was… “Understanding String”. It is now 2016 and we are still trying to understand string! Especially “soft” polyester based string. In 1994 PolyStar was the only polyester based string I was familiar with. Since then there are dozens of offerings from anyone [see more]