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]

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]

And Now This…

In the words of Lord Kelvin (May 1883) “When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meager and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in [see more]

String Failure (continued)

In a previous post, we saw string failure(s) for the same string, i.e., not a “hybrid” format. In this post, we will see the typical failure of a “hybrid” format using polyester for the main string and a multifilament for the cross string. The polyester string shows very little wear whereas the multifilament cross string has [see more]

Know Your History!

As racquet technicians, we are bombarded with “new product” information! Especially when it comes to racquet string! So what do you and we need to know when making a string decision? History, that’s what.  The image shows just some historical data points. We can look at data for any string and client to determine the history [see more]

String Failure Redux

What if the strings break before you can re-string, and why do they break! Strings wear out!  The picture shows what that may look like.  A clean break close to the area the ball is hit most often you will see “notches” caused by the rubbing friction between the strings.   This is an OK [see more]

Need Direction?

A client just sent me the following statement and I think it has reason to be distributed amongst tennis players searching for “direction” when it comes to string and their game! “Hah. Trying out these different strings has been very interesting. Over the past week or so, trying the different strings has given me some [see more]

String Shape Considerations

Monofilament string can be easily produced in almost any shape.  Round, square, triangular, hexagonal, octagonal etc.  So, on the surface that seems like a good thing.  Who wouldn’t want the sharp edges digging into the ball creating even more spin! But, there may be a side to the shape that needs considering and that is tension as [see more]

A super hybrid

I often get questions from people who’ve read something online about hybrid stringing and for whatever reason, want to give it a try. With so many strings on the market it’s easy to see why there’s a multitude of combinations that you could put together for a hybrid string job but in essence, there’s a [see more]