Starting clamps – yes or no

There have always been a lot of questions surrounding the use of a starting clamp. Addressing the use of this tool as it applies to the cross string starting process only, the correct technique would be to use a tool such as the Gugel Offset Tube. Since this tool has a variety of uses, the [see more]


Coaches, we need your help!  My strokes are beyond help so what I am talking about is communication between you, the coaches, us, the racquet technicians, and the player! Professional racquet technicians try hard to maximize the equipment the player presents us with.  In some cases, we will have input into which racquet the player uses but [see more]

How Much Influence Do You Have?

Steve Crandall of Ashaway Strings recently posted about “Advise and Consent.”  I believe he said we should “advise more and consent less”!  I agree with Steve! Let’s expand the subject a bit and think about the “realities” of racquet work. Racquet Quest, LLC, and I suspect many others, are in a position that allows us to “advise but [see more]

Pre-stretching String

The IART position on pre-stretching is that all strings should be pre-stretched Go HERE for a more detailed analysis on pre-stretching string

String Selection – juniors & polyester

No 100% polyester string bed for anyone under sixteen (16) years of age and at a tension setting of no more that forty (40) pounds (18.1Kg). This position is associated with racquet head size and player stature. Most junior players cannot benefit from polyester based strings due to increased speed required to “activate” the string [see more]

Swing Weight

The IART recommendation for ideal swing weights for men and women are: 1) Swing weight (inertia) for men should be at least 315 based on available diagnostic equipment 2) Swing weight (inertia) for women should be at least 300 based on available diagnostic equipment NOTE: Diagnostic equipment uses units as Kg/cm2. One of the most important [see more]

Starting knots; yes or no?

The official IART position on using a starting knot is that it is perfectly fine to start your cross strings using a starting knot. There is NO down side to this practice at all. Starting knots have been around forever and the question of their use is really no question at all. For various reasons, [see more]

When to re-string your racquet

WHEN TO RESTRING YOUR RACQUET We subscribe to the theory that no two players are alike and therefore, there cannot be one blanket statement that can define when a player should restring their racquet. Each player should go through an individual assessment with a qualified racquet technician to determine frequency of restringing. PREFACE….. Re-stringing a [see more]

One or Two Piece Stringing

The IART position is Two (2) piece stringing is the preferred format for installing string in a tennis racquet. The IART position is that  a two (2) piece stringing is the preferred format.  Following is brief explanation of this position. Two (2) piece stringing from the center out distributes stress in the racquet more uniformly. [see more]