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]

Diabolo grooves

How many of you have had an issue with various strings wearing a deep groove in your diabolo? I’ve had some comments from various folks who have had this problem and they attribute it to stiff textured poly strings. For the record, you are not obligated to use the diabolo on your machine if you [see more]

When the lighting is bad

Here’s a little tip from Mike Newbound I am currently stringing at the Brisbane International and the lighting combined with my old eyes means I am struggling to see while trying to insert black string into black grommets. So, I have put white stencil ink on the end and Voila I can see what I [see more]

Ashaway Releases Tennis Stringing Tips Video Featuring Master Racquet Technician John Gugel

Offers step-by-step installation procedures for optimizing performance of Ashaway MonoGut® ZX and ZX Pro Tennis Strings Ashaway, RI – A new stringing how-to video featuring Master Racquet Technician John Gugel has been released by Ashaway Racket Strings. The video details step-by-step stringing procedures to get the best performance from Ashaway MonoGut® ZX and MonoGut ZX [see more]

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]

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]

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]