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]

Where to Tie Off

Stringing a tennis racquet using a hybrid format will require four (4) tie offs.  So where are are they going to be? When using a hybrid format, two different strings are involved, and one of those may be natural gut.  We are going to concentrate on trying off when natural gut is used. Simply stated only tie off [see more]

What Does Your String Logo Mean?

Some players like to have a “logo” on their strings while sponsored players must have a “logo” on their strings.  Pro Players typically have the racquet brand, and the string brand (if different than the racquet brand) proudly displayed. But what if you are not getting paid to play with a particular racquet or string brand? [see more]

1st video of 2018

Greetings everyone I’ve just posted the first instructional video of the new year and this one is a tip on how to remove a problem grip. I think at one point or another we’ve all had a racquet come in with an overwrap that should have been replaced months ago but the player just kept [see more]

Repair project- butt cap completely severed from handle

I recently had a client turn in a badly damaged Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph racquet for repair. Not only did the bumper guard show signs of severe wear, but the butt cap and underlying foam pallet had completely broken off. To no one’s surprise, the client informed me that the butt cap had broken [see more]