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 [see more]

Ashaway MonoGut Tension Results

Doing an actual play test review on a string can be long and difficult. Plus, it can be very hard to get accurate results because you’re relying on a player to test the tension every time they play and in my experience that happens about 2 out of 10 times. This should give you a [see more]

Sergetti revisited

As many of you know we recently tested the Sergetti stringing method and put up a few comments about it. From the comments I’ve read and from my own personal experience it would appear that there’s little doubt about the effectiveness of this method of stringing a racquet. Sergetti offered a free tension sheet to [see more]

Is This Reel?

Yeah, I know what you are thinking…John can’t spell!  Well, you are partially right! The “reel” I am talking about is the one that most racquet strings come on for those that prefer that format.  More specifically I am talking about “bogus” string on reels!  We don’t buy anything from unknown or unverified suppliers, period.  But I recognize [see more]

Develop a rhythm when you string

Think of anything you do on a regular basis and tell me it’s something you’ve done for a very long time. Do you do it differently every time? Most likely not and there’s a very good reason why. After having done this “thing” repeatedly you eventually discovered the most efficient way to do it. Now [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]

The string breaker!

We all face this dilemma sooner or later. A young player who blows through string faster than lightning and a parent who is beside themselves wondering why and what can be done about it. I have a young high school player who was previously using a frame with a 16×19 pattern and breaking strings in [see more]

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]

Do a Thorough “Prespection”!

What do we mean by “Prespection”?  I mean a “Prespection” is an aggressive method of finding anything that can stand in your way of success! As racquet technicians, we are presented with many opportunities to help players and sometimes with those opportunities comes challenges!  We all do cursory inspections before stringing but before you start [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]