String Failure Redux

What if the strings break before you can re-string, and why do they break! Strings wear out!  The picture shows what that may look like.  A clean break close to the area the ball is hit most often you will see “notches” caused by the rubbing friction between the strings.   This is an OK [see more]

Yonex VCore Pro 97 – 330

Finally, we get to the VCore Pro 97 -330 which you can probably guess is the “playerest” of the new Yonex VCore Pro Series. This is one of those racquets you can just pick up and play!  No need to fuss around with weight, swing weight, and other stuff.  Just play. As noted before every [see more]

Yonex VCore Pro 97 – 310

Yonex continues their tiered performance racquet concept with the VCore Pro Series.  In this case, there is the VCore Pro 97 – 330, the VCore Pro 97 – 310, and the VCore Pro 100 – 300.  For racquets that look the same they each feel substantially different in a right way, I think! This review is [see more]

Yonex VCore Pro 100 – 300

Yonex updates their performance series with the introduction of the VCore Pro Series.  This series consists, right now anyway, of three (3) racquets;   Pro 97 – 330, Pro 97 -310, and the Pro 100 -300.  These are the thin beam, slim geometry style which has been the hallmark of the Duel G Series. All of [see more]

What Does Your String Logo Mean?

Some players like to have a “logo” on their strings while sponsored players must have a “logo” on their strings.  Pro Players typically have the racquet brand, and the string brand (if different than the racquet brand) proudly displayed. But what if you are not getting paid to play with a particular racquet or string brand? [see more]

Need Direction?

A client just sent me the following statement and I think it has reason to be distributed amongst tennis players searching for “direction” when it comes to string and their game! “Hah. Trying out these different strings has been very interesting. Over the past week or so, trying the different strings has given me some [see more]

String Shape Considerations

Monofilament string can be easily produced in almost any shape.  Round, square, triangular, hexagonal, octagonal etc.  So, on the surface that seems like a good thing.  Who wouldn’t want the sharp edges digging into the ball creating even more spin! But, there may be a side to the shape that needs considering and that is tension as [see more]

A quick primer for buying a racquet

Over my many years of being in this business the thing that irritates me the most is to see someone come to me for help just after they’ve bought a new racquet. I have no problem helping them mind you. That’s not the point. The point is often they’ve been sold the wrong racquet and [see more]

Overgrip Overload!

A new client came in today wanting to discuss using natural gut, specifically Babolat VS Team.  The racquet is a very light model sporting a 14 x 16 string pattern.  When asked “why the interest in the natural gut?”  Well, I hit with a team members racquet, and it was “spectacular!” Anyway, for several good reasons, we [see more]

String breaks. Do you know the difference?

There are a lot of misconceptions about strings and stringing and that comes primarily from “Internet land”. There’s just a lot of bad information out there and for the most part, the average player who has no real knowledge of string or stringing doesn’t really know how to tell what’s factual and what’s not. In [see more]