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 [see more]

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 also comes with Wilson’s Uncontaminated Design, which means it [see more]

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 high-quality polymer to realize a good feeling of ball catching and [see more]

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 the balance at just over 4pts HL. However, the UL version [see more]

Wilson Ultra 100 CV V2.0

The V2.0 is the second generation of the Ultra 100. Our model came in with a static weight of 10.97 ounces (strung) and is a racquet that I believe would work well for intermediates players. Wilson’s Countervail technology enhances the overall comfort of this frame and is a nice addition. There’s a structural reinforcement in the shaft [see more]

Yonex Rexis String Added

Yonex continues to build on its series of multi-filament strings made in Japan with the introduction of Rexis 125 and Rexis 130 both incorporating Fortimo High Modulus polyurethane (PU) as a bonding agent and comfort component. If you like Yonex Tour 850 or 850 Pro you will want to try this! You can see all the [see more]

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]