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]

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]