Understanding Polyester Strings

Not all teaching pros need to know how to string a tennis racquet, but each of us should have a basic foundation of knowledge when it comes to strings and tension. Our students look to us for advice and guidance with regard to stroke production, strategy, fitness and nutrition.  At times making the correct decisions [see more]

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]

Tip-Easy damper installation

Installing vibration dampers in a freshly strung racquet can present some problems, especially if those dampers are the longer versions that have to be woven over and under the main strings. It’s also much more of a challenge if the racquet you’re working with has a very dense 18×20 string pattern. However, there’s a solution [see more]

Tip – Understanding Polar Moment

From time to time you’ll hear us talking about polar moment here on the IART site and here’s what I’d like to know. How many of you actually know what it is, how to measure it and most of all, how to effectively use it to your advantage? That’s a loaded question right? It’s not [see more]

Tip-stringing natural gut

Natural gut can be a bit of a challenge if you have little to no experience working with it but there are a few things you can do to help ease the anxiety of working with it. Preparation-clean your machine clamps – clamps can be cleaned with rubbing alcohol and a toothbrush. Use a can [see more]

Tip-preventing sharp tips on knot ends

Leaving a sharp tip after trimming a tie-off knot is not recommended because the last thing you want is to have a customer come back and complain about being cut or poked when they accidentally brush a finger across that knot tip. So how can you prevent this from happening? You’d be surprised to learn [see more]

Tip-removing old bumper/grommet sets

Sooner or later you’re going to find yourself in a position where you’re going to have to install a new bumper/grommet set on a customers racquet. When this happens the first thing you’re going to have to do is remove the old one. You’ll find that some sets are easy and some, well, they’re not [see more]

Will Poor Stringing Save the Life of Polyester?

OK, here’s the deal.  I have written about this several times and each time I decided that it was a waste of time, so it goes back into a file somewhere! The time is now that we really need to understand more about stringing as a consumer and what we can do as racquet technicians to [see more]