MonoGut ZX + ZX Pro

If you have been around Racquet Quest for a while, you know we talk a lot about Ashaway MonoGut ZX and ZX Pro, with ZX Pro being the 17 gauge version. During this post when I use MonoGut ZX it will include the ZX Pro Version, to save pixels! A few questions need to be [see more]

Yonex Rexis String Added

Yonex continues to build on its series of multi-filament strings made in Japan with the introduction of Rexis 125 and Rexis 130 both incorporating Fortimo High Modulus polyurethane (PU) as a bonding agent and comfort component. If you like Yonex Tour 850 or 850 Pro you will want to try this! You can see all the [see more]

New Toalson String Added!

Toa Strings Company has been around for a long, long time and many of us started playing tennis using Leoina 66 in our racquets!  We still do some hybrids with it even today!  This Japanese company makes other tennis related products but our focus today is their string. All of the strings tested for this review came in packages [see more]

Why Two (2) Piece Stringing

The IART position is that a two (2) piece stringing is the preferred format.  Some racquet companies require two (2) piece with tie off’s at the top and the first cross string starting at the top. Following is a brief explanation of this position. Two (2) piece stringing from the center out distributes stress in the [see more]

Where do You Buy Your Racquet and Why?

I wrote this post a long time ago but I recently saw where a tennis store was closing after many years of service to the community.  I have NO idea if what I am writing about had anything to do with the closing but here it is: Making a tennis racquet selection, and actually purchasing that racquet, [see more]

Parents & Junior Racquet Transitions

If you’re a parent with an aspiring junior player you have a lot on your plate and this post is particularly important if you’re starting your kids off at a very early age. Making sure your player has the right equipment for every stage of their development is important but often times, those decisions are [see more]

What Do You Expect?

I see a lot of tennis racquets that come from any number of shops, online outlets, home stringers and others and I need to know what you, the customer, expect from the person you use for stringing and/or buy your racquets from. I see racquets that are not correctly, professionally strung and I wonder “what [see more]

And Now This…

In the words of Lord Kelvin (May 1883) “When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meager and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in [see more]

String Failure (continued)

In a previous post, we saw string failure(s) for the same string, i.e., not a “hybrid” format. In this post, we will see the typical failure of a “hybrid” format using polyester for the main string and a multifilament for the cross string. The polyester string shows very little wear whereas the multifilament cross string has [see more]

Know Your History!

As racquet technicians, we are bombarded with “new product” information! Especially when it comes to racquet string! So what do you and we need to know when making a string decision? History, that’s what.  The image shows just some historical data points. We can look at data for any string and client to determine the history [see more]