Know your sources

I am constantly amazed at some of the information I find online these days which begs the question of just who you trust when it comes to the products you use for your clients. To that end, I’ve picked one source that I found when I did a generic google search to find what people [see more]

Now You Think of it!

So, it has been a while since you had your racquet strung and you are standing on the court about to receive and you ask yourself; “I wonder when I should get my racquet strung”. Now is probably not the best time to think of it but if you do simply take a look at [see more]

Stringjob – Stringing Software

  I often get questions about stringing software here at IART. For the past several years I’ve been using John Gugel’s Racquet Record program which is the most complete program I’ve ever used. However, John no longer offers his program so when I saw this one I decided to give it a try to see [see more]

How “Stiff” is That String?

The String Characteristic Data on this site is the most comprehensive compilation of string data available that gives you a “power potential” value. But, what if you want to do it yourself for a quick indication of string stiffness, nothing else!  A few members have commented on this method and I want to modify the deflections a [see more]

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]