Archives for January 2019

Best bonding agent for racquet repair

Ok customizers, I’d like to hear your thoughts on a project I am about to undertake. Case in point; a racquet where the wall surrounding an outside main string grommet has collapsed and the grommet is now being pulled downward when tension is applied, which will only cause further damage. My initial thought was that [see more]

Justification for High Level Customization

One of the most frequent requests I received from prospective attendees of the IART symposium dealt with racquet customization. It seems that handle molding holds a certain aura about it that interests many in our profession but the truth of the matter is this. There are only a handful of private companies that do handle [see more]

Tip-Easy damper installation

Installing vibration dampers in a freshly strung racquet can present some problems, especially if those dampers are the longer versions that have to be woven over and under the main strings. It’s also much more of a challenge if the racquet you’re working with has a very dense 18×20 string pattern. However, there’s a solution [see more]

You are important!

For as long as I can remember, tennis has had a fair share of misconceptions when it comes to racquets, string & tension that have been rather difficult to expose and correct. For example, when you need a new racquet who do you talk to? Once you’ve chosen your racquet who do you trust to recommend [see more]

Ashaway Introduces ZyMax® 64 TX Micro Gauge Badminton String for Superior Performance

— BETA Polymer ZyWeaVe™ core minimizes tension loss– Textured coating adds stiffness to string bed, enhances spin and control Ashaway, RI – Ashaway Racket Strings has introduced ZyMax® 64 TX, a new badminton string with a proprietary textured surface coating to enhance feel and control of the shuttle. Like its ZyMax 68 TX sibling, ZyMax [see more]

Wilson RF97 Repair

I was recently contacted by IART member Randy Orebaugh and ask about repairing his customers Wilson RF97 frame. The frame was in very poor condition, needing a new B/G set due to excess wear on the sides plus, when the racquet was brought in the bottom part of the handle had snapped off. Parts of [see more]

ESPN’s Most Dominate Athletes of 2018

  ESPN describes their recent “Best of the Best” for 2018 as a dual purpose role. It rates who was better than the best and it pays homage to the transcendent artists who didn’t spend time looking over their shoulders or into the history books. That’s because they were seeking new ways to test the [see more]