Scrutinize your procedures and learn to challenge the process

As racquet technicians we should always be open to new techniques that can enhance the process of stringing. It might be an easier way to get from point A to point Z, a new tool that can streamline the process or just listening to someone explain why they choose to do what they do. To [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]

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]

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]