String Spreaders. What are They?

String spreaders are simply a device that raise and lower the main strings in a tennis racquet during the cross string installation procedure.

The pair shown below are mine that have been in service for over thirty (30) years, therefore, the well-used look!  There are a number of devices available but what are they really used for?  Some of the latest versions say they are to assist beginning stringers in the weaving process.  This has elicited comments from longtime stringers that "I don't need any help.

I trust my weaving skills".  Good, because weaving is the least important function of string spreaders for beginners or long-time stringers!

Stiction and friction reduction is the most important function of string spreaders, and it is an important function that is most often overlooked.

So, if you want to try string spreaders for your clients racquets use them to enhance the string bed and not to relieve you of proper weaving technique!

Wilson Blade 98 18×20 V6.0

The V6.0 Blade 98 18x20 offers a few changes to the original models. This one has the same silky matte finish and minimalist elegance found in the Pro Staff line and the base specs remain extremely close to the original model. So where's the real … [Continue reading]

Roger Federer – What makes him so good?

All tennis fans know who Roger Federer is but how many truly understand why so many proclaim he is the GOAT (Greatest of All Time)? One way to assess this is to look at some statistics. As Federer is inching closer and closer to that point that all … [Continue reading]

Wilson Blade 98 V2.0

The Blade 98 16x19 has become somewhat of a staple and survivor in the Wilson line. So what's changed with this version of the Blade? While the base model still boasts a 16x19 stringing pattern, Wilson has added Countervail technology, which, … [Continue reading]

Ashaway Sponsors Three Rising Professional Squash Association Tour Players: Amanda Sobhy, Leo Au, and Yathreb Adel

Ashaway, RI – Ashaway and its affiliates have recently signed string sponsorship agreements with three rising PSA players: Amanda Sobhy, Leo Au, and Yathreb Adel. The addition of these three players to its sponsorship roster continues Ashaway’s … [Continue reading]

Bother us!

I was discussing websites and blogs with a client this morning and asked why he didn't respond to any of the posts even though, according to him, he reads all of them? "Well, I don't want to bother you", he answered! I can't speak for everyone … [Continue reading]

Wilson Burn 100LS V2.0

The newest V2.0 Burn 100 LS is ideal for players looking to add some spin to their game. Our model weighed in at 10.37 ounces strung, a very nice weight that is well in line with the intent of getting that extra spin you're looking for. This updated … [Continue reading]

Turn the Head Radical Pro into a Beast!

I am very happy to see players of every age returning to, or buying for the first time, racquets that have some weight!  Weight is your friend!  Any racquet can be "customized" to suit the needs of the player, of course. But what do you do if you … [Continue reading]

Give It a Rest!

"Hey, John. Two of the racquets at XXXXXX for you to restring. Let’s eliminate polyester for a little while and give my elbow a rest." This request is becoming much more frequent but what makes this one a little unusual is that it is already a … [Continue reading]

He’s Baaaack

Andy Murray tests his hip at the Citi Open Andy Murray has had somewhat of a long comeback trail to the ATP after having hip surgery in Melbourne. The former world #1 and two time Wimbledon champion now holds a ranking of 823, a far cry from his … [Continue reading]