Stringing the Double Sided Blackburn Tennis Racquet

Occasionally you’re going to run into stringing situations that are going to present unusual challenges. The Blackburn racquet with it’s two separate string beds is a perfect example. I personally have never strung one of these frames so I did a bit of research and I’m providing this post in an effort to help as [see more]

Babolat racquets & premature natural gut breaks

I’ve had some issues recently with natural gut breaking prematurely on Babolat racquets, in particular, Pure Drives. This seems to be consistently happening at the 5-6 head and/or throat areas. Recently I did a Babolat Overdrive 110 with Tonic+ Longevity 1.35. One week later, the string broke before the player ever hit a ball with [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]

Classic POG OS w/Ashaway Crossfire +

I remember back in the mid 80″s having my first look at the Prince Original Graphite OS racquet. I took it out for a test drive and was thoroughly impressed, remembering it was one of the best feeling racquets I had ever hit with. Jump ahead to yesterday and look what showed up in my [see more]

Old issue – new tactic….natural gut breakage

We’ve been talking about this for quite some time and James Elkovitch recently submitted an article to the USRSA explaining his solution for reducing the likelihood of this happening. We can’t prevent mis-hits but as technicians James offered an interesting idea using Babolat frames as an example. John Gugel responded indicating that the breaks might [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]

Experiment – New Babolat Pure Aero

One of the things we make an effort to do for the Alliance group is provide interesting and factual information to help racquet technicians in their daily activities. We address the questions that never seem to get answered or, if they do get answered, there’s such a plethora of responses that no one really knows [see more]

How to charge for your stringing

When you make a decision about what strings to carry you probably affix a price to that set based on your cost plus your stringing fee. Let’s say you pay $7.50 for a set of string and you charge $20.00 for installation. Some stringing businesses will make that a $27.50 string job. Now let’s say [see more]