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]

Alpha Ghost stringing machine assembly

Here’s a nice step-by-step video by IART member David Hall on assembling the Alpha Ghost stringing machine See video HERE

Wilson BAIARDO – U.S Open Stringing Room

Nice video here when the BAIARDO was first introduced. Comments from Wilson stringing team members including IART Executive Director Tim Strawn See video HERE

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]

SBS…What is it, and, how it Relates to “Reference Tension”

SBS is “String Bed Stiffness” and is the stiffness of the entire strung area of a tennis racquet.  SBS is not the same as “tension” and this is important to understand.  Why? When you talk to your racquet technician about “tension” it is, normally, about what number to set on the stringing machine.  This number [see more]