Develop a rhythm when you string

Think of anything you do on a regular basis and tell me it’s something you’ve done for a very long time. Do you do it differently every time? Most likely not and there’s a very good reason why. After having done this “thing” repeatedly you eventually discovered the most efficient way to do it. Now [see more]

How Much Influence Do You Have?

Steve Crandall of Ashaway Strings recently posted about “Advise and Consent.”  I believe he said we should “advise more and consent less”!  I agree with Steve! Let’s expand the subject a bit and think about the “realities” of racquet work. Racquet Quest, LLC, and I suspect many others, are in a position that allows us to “advise but [see more]

The string breaker!

We all face this dilemma sooner or later. A young player who blows through string faster than lightning and a parent who is beside themselves wondering why and what can be done about it. I have a young high school player who was previously using a frame with a 16×19 pattern and breaking strings in [see more]

MonoGut ZX + ZX Pro

If you have been around Racquet Quest for a while, you know we talk a lot about Ashaway MonoGut ZX and ZX Pro, with ZX Pro being the 17 gauge version. During this post when I use MonoGut ZX it will include the ZX Pro Version, to save pixels! A few questions need to be [see more]

Do a Thorough “Prespection”!

What do we mean by “Prespection”?  I mean a “Prespection” is an aggressive method of finding anything that can stand in your way of success! As racquet technicians, we are presented with many opportunities to help players and sometimes with those opportunities comes challenges!  We all do cursory inspections before stringing but before you start [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]

Why Two (2) Piece Stringing

The IART position is that a two (2) piece stringing is the preferred format.  Some racquet companies require two (2) piece with tie off’s at the top and the first cross string starting at the top. Following is a brief explanation of this position. Two (2) piece stringing from the center out distributes stress in the [see more]

What Do You Expect?

I see a lot of tennis racquets that come from any number of shops, online outlets, home stringers and others and I need to know what you, the customer, expect from the person you use for stringing and/or buy your racquets from. I see racquets that are not correctly, professionally strung and I wonder “what [see more]

Will Poor Stringing Save the Life of Polyester?

OK, here’s the deal.  I have written about this several times and each time I decided that it was a waste of time, so it goes back into a file somewhere! The time is now that we really need to understand more about stringing as a consumer and what we can do as racquet technicians to [see more]

Where to Tie Off

Stringing a tennis racquet using a hybrid format will require four (4) tie offs.  So where are are they going to be? When using a hybrid format, two different strings are involved, and one of those may be natural gut.  We are going to concentrate on trying off when natural gut is used. Simply stated only tie off [see more]