Archives for April 2017

Ivor Savage – Ytex

We take a different approach with our member profile this time and interview a manufacturer representative from Ytex, Ivor Savage. Ytex is an emerging string company in the tennis world that is gaining popularity among all playing levels. If you’ve ever been around Ivor Savage you undoubtedly know that his enthusiasm for tennis is infectious. [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]

Mis·con·cep·tion

a view or opinion that is incorrect because it is based on faulty thinking or understanding. As in Prince synthetic gut at 60 lbs? This request was long standing within our industry for the simple reason that players lacked an understanding of what they were asking for. Everyone else was using the same string at [see more]

The Complete Package for the Recreational Player – Part 5 – When to Re-String

One of the most common questions we get as racquet technicians is “How often should I string my racquet?” The old adage is to re-string your racquet as many times in one year as you play each week. For example, if you play twice a week then you should restring every six months. The reasoning [see more]

Uber It!

I just received my first delivery of racquets via Uber! If you have clients too busy to get by your shop you may suggest they try Uber!  This driver had good record keeping skills which prove I received the racquets. John

The Complete Package for the Recreational Player – Part 4 – Strings 101

A deeper dive into strings. Part Three identified the five (5) leading string materials as: Nylon Natural Gut Kevlar® Polyester PEEK Not necessarily in order of usage, which would probably be: Nylon Polyester Natural Gut PEEK Kevlar® Let’s start with Nylon™ (polyamide) Nylon is very good material! It is relatively inexpensive, has good physical, properties, [see more]

Ashaway Adds Four Professional Racquetball Players To Its 2017 Sponsorship Team

Ashaway, RI – Ashaway has added four new players to its 2017 Professional Sponsorship Team for racquetball. They include Felipe Camacho, Alejandro Herrera, Daniel Rojas, and Gabriela Martinez. The Ashaway Sponsorship Team is designed to support rising professional players in the sport of racquetball. The member package includes the player’s choice of Ashaway Racquetball String, as [see more]

Konta moves to #7 after Miami win

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Johanna Konta lofted a lob off the baseline for a winner on championship point, waited for instant replay to confirm the call and even then hesitated to celebrate the biggest title of her 11-year career. It took Johanna a while to get where she is, but the British player can now call herself [see more]

Who’s the G.O.A.T?

From Greg Garber, ESPN Coming into 2017, Roger Federer had lost 23 of 34 matches to Rafael Nadal. In the sometimes heated discussion regarding the greatest men’s tennis player of all time, it was the only serious asterisk. And now, three months into this young season, Federer has taken some positive steps toward erasing that qualifier. Three big, [see more]