Archives for February 2017

Yonex at Indian Wells – IART member invitation

If any of you are near Indian Wells or are planning to attend the tournament Yonex is sponsoring a nice event and is extending an invitation to IART members to attend. See below: Yonex Stringing Showcase March 8, 11 am – 2 pm (La Quinta Resort) The Yonex Stringing Team is the official stringer for [see more]

Zero Poly™ Tennis Strings from Ashaway

Ashaway, RI — Disenchanted with the arm numbing impact and dull performance of so-called high tech polyester monofilament strings, more and more tennis players are finding that newer “Zero Poly” alternatives like Ashaway’s MZX strings (MonoGut® ZX and MZX Pro) are able to generate as much spin as the polyester monofilaments, but with much less [see more]

IART video project

At the beginning of the year I placed a post HERE about a new video project that I’ve wanted to undertake for quite some time. For those of you who have been asking and some who have signed on knowing that this is coming, please be patient with me as I am dependent on a few [see more]


WWTSD – What would the professional stringer do? You’re sitting in one of the local clubs because you’ve been invited to come watch one of your clients kids play in a tournament. He’s down 1 set and in a tough tiebreak in the second and his opponent breaks a string. He hands it to mom [see more]

Can you spot a counterfeit racquet?

It seems that everything out there today can be copied, including racquets. Here’s a helpful article from the TIA on fake racquets and steps you can take to avoid being the victim. Go HERE to read the article

Take a bite out of your “Apple”!

Or in this case, add a few bites! I’ve been at this website business for quite a few years now and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a computer expert. So, just how do those of us who aren’t as savvy as others with a computer survive and keep our computers free [see more]

Time For a Change?

I propose a service charge for “removal of one-year-old overgrips” as a way to convince players these overgrips are intended to be changed, oh, maybe every month or so! Good grief!  These things should be changed before every match at least! Every racquet that leaves our shop has a new overgrip.  You would think this would be [see more]

New layout of IART navigation links

Hi everyone In case you haven’t noticed, I recently changed the navigation links on the IART website. Previously, we had a link for “Member Directories” that had three different directories; bumper/grommets, business listings and tournament stringers. Each of those 3 directories had a sub directory where the public could then search each database. I thought [see more]

Business Basics – Part 13 – Final Comments

As I mentioned in part 1 of this series, we’ve covered a lot of this material at the annual IART symposium. We’ve brought in expert financial consultants and provided detailed information on just what it takes to start and run a successful racquet sports business. Here are some of the key points to take away [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]