This summer I worked with my tennis coach Chris Lang to create a new Learn Tennis app for iOS and Android. It provides a reference to many essential tennis lessons.
Learn Tennis app on App Store
Learn Tennis app on Google play
It was a lot of fun making the app. I hope you take a look and let me know what you think.
Next I want to create an app that can help us determine if it is going to rain on the tennis courts. This will be esp useful for our summer Intercounty matches. I hope to base it on the promising Dark Sky technologies. Contact me by email if you like to collaborate.
Most likely you have purchased something in bulk sometime in your life. We live in a Costco and Sam's Club society and can't get away from the idea of buying in large quantitties. Although the idea of stepping foot inside of a large box retailer doesn't do much for me, taking advantage of online deals does. Take advantage of this form of reasoning and save yourself some money on tennis strings today.
The two advantages are rolled out here. Buying in larger quantities saves you money especially buying trial packs. Luxilon, Wilson and Genesis are among the tennis companies that offer trial packs. Not only do you get an assortment of several strings you also save on the per set price.
The following includes some deals worth checking out. - Go to my website to continue reading:
Today's racket stringing tip is about understanding how the tie off holes are positioned and how knowing this before you start stringing can be beneficial. The goal for this tip is to help you understand how this could save you not only headaches but make things cleaner and more efficient when stringing.
A few key facts you need to know before reading the stringing tip today. Tennis rackets will have 4 tie-off holes, two for the main strings and two for the cross strings. In a one-piece installation you will only use two of the tie-off holes. In a two-piece stringing you will use all 4 tie-off holes. I am also assuming you are not going to make custom tie off holes in different places, this is however something I want to discuss in another post because it is beneficial and a regular practice for many stringers. I am also assuming you know how to string using the 'around-the-world' stringing pattern. I am also assuming you understand the term 'short-side' and understand where the 'head' and 'throat' of the racket are located.
Lets get to it here:
Here is another excert from my blog postings on beginning racket stringing Q & A.
Q: My customer wants a more durable string, where should start figuring out the type of string to use?
A; The first thing that i like to find out is if the customer likes the type of string they have, if so than perhaps a thicker version. Go from a 17g to a 16g. If the customer has no preference than perhaps the next more durable string. If they are playing with a natural gut or multifilament string than perhaps a synthetic would suffice. If they already use a synthetic than perhaps something like Wilson Red Alert which is designed to be more durable than synthetics. If the customer needs something even more durable than the Polyester string would be the next offering. Polyester strings also offer degree's of durability. I will be discussing some characterisitics of polyester strings in another post.
I ran across this interesting video showing the inside of tennis racquet factory in China. Check it out, its short but a quick look inside.
Back in February I wrote a post about the frequency of restringing. I was happy to see the editor of RSI -Racquet Sports Industry Magazine in the July issue make mention of restringing and the need for a new campaign to promote more frequent stringing, especially in light of the new string technology and the poly strings that dominate. Read the brief at RSI here. Please drop me a comment and let me know what your thoughts are on this subject.
I am often asked about professional racket stringing and how the doors opened in my favor. There is no overnight success or easy road to being a professional racket stringing. With a little luck and a lot of hard work that dream can become a reality. There are a few prerequisite skills that need to developed before even starting your journey. You must be able to string a tennis racket within a 30 minute period without making a mistake and be able to do it for hours on end, use proper technique and not need to refer to a manual for string pattern help. Becoming familiar with computerized stringing equipment, stringing tools, stenciling rackets, understanding stringing techniques, tie off knots, pre-stretching string, etc are all important things that you will need to know and understand. These things alone will not make you a good stringer but will give you some background in stringing. Time is your friend as well, most professional stringers have been stringing for years before stringing at the professional level.
If you think you have what it takes than its time to find a way to break in and get your feet wet. Stay tuned for more to come on this series on getting started as a stringer. Tomorrow I will discuss some strategies to get you started.
THINK ABOUT IT: A quick note regarding racket stringing and the frequency of which you should be restringing. While searching through various websites and blogs today I ran across a Prince Tennis blog titled "PrinceNextblog" and I was reminded about the phrase "string as often per year as you play in a week". I never really spent much time analyzing this statement but found myself replaying the phrase over and over in my head. I can't even count how many times I have seen this stated on a website from the 'experts', I too have probably said it once or twice. But the fact is that if tennis strings lose about 10% tension within 24 hours of stringing, weather condition and ball contact will also wear strings down. So if you seriously play twice a week I would not recommend waiting 6 months to restring your racket.... If your goal is to improve your game and you call tennis your passion than I would recommend keeping your rackets tuned up and restringing more frequently. WHO CAME UP WITH THIS PHRASE ANYWAY? It's been used for years and people keep repeating it because they heard it from somewhere.
Compare your tennis to that of a golf outing. Green fees and golf equipment can be costly, each day out on the course can run you upwards of 100 dollars or more not to mention the time commitment. Don't get me wrong I am not knocking the golf experience but wanted to compare to what many of us don't spend on our tennis game. Remember how your racket felt after you strung it last time, how it felt crisp and the ball stayed in the court and if just felt right, well keep that feeling going more often. Spending 20-30 dollars a month on your gear shouldn't be a big issue if you play 8 times a month!. If you have two rackets, restring one every month so you alternate or every 6 weeks and see if this improves your game. These are just my thoughts and I think we understate the importance of racket stringing.
With experience you will start to understand racket patterns and know which holes to skip when stringing rackets. Sometimes it is still helpful to know which holes to skip,share and if the mains end on the top or bottom to help you determine if you will be stringing a one piece, around the world or two piece string job. I am configuring a 'string pattern' page on my site for helping you with just that. Check out how its getting started (currently have Babolat racket pattern info). I will be adding other manufactuers this month and hope to have the page done by the end of February. Please check it out at racketstringingtips. Patrick - USRSA MRT
If you string tennis rackets, undoubtedly you are always looking for a way to make the job easier. I ran across this invention by Stringway that helps ease the cross weave. It appears to reduce friction and provide a easier method to weave the crosses, it does appear however to take a bit longer than if working the traditional way, watch the video and check it out for yourself.
You can visit the website at Stringway to find out more and view a description of how it works.
To see a short video, check it out at racketstringingtips.com
The idea of stringing tennis rackets for a living does not appeal to everyone but if you are a tennis player and want to explore the idea of starting a stringing business than read on because I am going to spell out the steps in a simple systematic way so that you can follow the plan and be up and running in 30 days or less with your own racket stringing business! Seriously...this article is for anyone who has a desire to string tennis rackets and no experience required.
$500 dollars to an underemployed high school student might seem a reach but for young entrepreneurs, college players, tennis parents or just about any other level of tennis fanatic this should be a reachable figure. I am going to take you through the steps to getting your stringing business operational in 30 days or less. First and foremost we will start with acquiring the biggest investment and most likely the one crucial component here - the stringing machine. Follow here to continue reading at my blog............
In 1989 I never thought that I would one day be invited to string at Grand Slam events. The road to professional status as a racket stringer was not an overnite reality. Learning to string at Industry Hills Tennis Center (a swim and tennis club in southern California ) on a gamma manual crank machine and setting up a business picking racquetball rackets at a health club doesn't sound all that glamourous but it set the stage for experiences that would come my way 8 years later and it was a good part time business while in college.
I was fortunate to learn from two great stringers early on in my career and the fact that they did things the correct way and didn't take any shortcuts and the fact that they still are stringing and have a business 20 some years later is a testament to their know how and persistence (thats a run on sentence...). Although I turned away several opportunities to string full time on tour years later, I still was able to learn from many great stringers on my journey to the Australian Open. I was fortunate to have started my own retail tennis business, be a manufacterers representative, have numerous stringing gigs, teach others to string and ultimately be able to string at various WTA / ATP events. The journey allowed me to meet many great players, coaches and tennis freaks and have a stringing tips website that provides valuable stringing information to all level of stringers.
Attending the "SuperShow" (The Annual sporting goods trade show ) in 1995 was a great way to see what the tennis industry was all about. It was a stretch to pay for a way to Atlanta and attend a 3 day event when our tennis shop some 2000 miles away was only 3 months old. It turned out to be the best opportunity to learn about other store owners, stringers and industry professionals. This would also be the place I became a certified stringer by the USRSA (United Racquet Stringers Association). At this time it was considered the CRT (certified racquet stringer), but later changed to MRT (master racquet technician). This certiifcation is more for demonstrating to your retail customers that you have a certain level of stringing proficiency, but it really won't get you too far for stringing for professional level players.
Many stringers ask me how to become a professional stringer and I usually say that it takes a lot of practice stringing and a little luck. Stringing under pressure at a tournament is much different than stringing a practice racket for a player at your club or shop. If you screw up a racket for a pro at a tournament you will definitely hear about it, if you screw up stringing at your club or shop most likely you won't hear about and probably won't see that player in your shop again.
String a racket from the throat up, get the tension off by 2 lbs, use the wrong string from the hybrid setup, screw up the stencil, put the tie off knot in the wrong area, have the buttcap upside down and you just FAILED! These are some of the pressures along with having the ability to string consistently for a period of 12 to 15 hours + without messing up. It doesn't sound all that fun anymore? but for those of us who live tennis, love the sport it is the thing we love.
More to come soon..
This is an entry from my regular blog about racket stringing and I posted it here: After reading this article you will have 3 winning hybrid combinations to improve your game. Some time back I published an article on eHow about understanding hybrid racket strings. In this article I spelled out some information on the theory of using hybrid stringing as a strategy for your game. In the early days of hybrid stringing only several 'packaged' hybrid strings were available one of which was Prince ProBlend. This kevlar/synthetic gut combination was designed for the hard hitting frequent string breaking player. This string became very popular and is still used today. The advantages of this string was that when the kevlar strings were installed in the main strings it provided extra durability and the player would have more hours on court before the strings broke. The downside to this string combination was the higher possiblity of arm problems due to the stiff characteristics of kevlar. The string is not forgiving, not elastic and tends to project the vibration back to the player. Polyester string started to gain popularity and many realized that it too was durable and more forgiving than kevlar. A hybrid string job does not need to include polyester but a majority will.
WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR STRINGS TO DO? There are two extreme opposite sides to finding the right string, durability or playability with a midpoint somewhere inbetween. If you tend to break strings frequently and want your strings to last longer than using a poly based string in the mains is the way to go. Combine this with a synthetic in the crosses. Other players are looking for playability so maybe a combination of natural gut and multifilament strings would give you great playabiliy and save you some money. The fun part of all this is that you can try various combinations of strings until you find just the right combination. Don't be stuck on only choosing from options that are 'pre packaged' hybrids, any two strings on the market can be transformed to create a hybrid.
TOO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM. With 100's of different strings being offered along with the different gauges, what type of combination is best? Hopefully your local racket stringer is versed on some options for you to try, or you can email me for support as well, thats what this blog is all about.
3 Winning hybrid stringing combinations.
At the beginning of this article I promised to give you 3 combinations so here they are. I am also working on an article that will go into more details and include spin, power, control issues.
1. Luxilon m2 pro 16L in the mains and Wilson NXT 17g in the crosses. This combination will provide you durability of a polyester string that is not too stiff and has soft multifilament type characteristics along with a thinner cross multifilament for playability and power.
2. Babolat RPM Blast 17g in mains / Wilson NXT 17 crosses. This combination will give you spine and playability.
To read more please follow this link to my blog at www.tennisstringing.blogspot.com
I found this good youtube video on how to install an overgrip on a tennis racquet.
An overgrip goes over the replacement grip that is wrapped directly onto the handle of the racquet. Replacement grips are thinner, cheaper and easier to install than replacement grips. Some players also like them because they make the handle size bigger.