Category Archives: Inspiration
With all the really crazy things going on in this area (Orlando) it is difficult to find “happy” things to talk about. We must, however, continue to fulfill our commitments to our own lifestyle and in some cases, it is the enjoyment of playing tennis.
Tennis racquets motivate me! Sounds strange I know but that is the way it is and I am certainly using this motivation to push back some of other thoughts can ruin my day, and maybe your day as well.
I will try to stay positive by concentrating on what I do, and I hope you will do the same.
Well, I made it to see 2016 arrive! I am not sure why I stayed up but it does commit me to pay attention to what may happen in the coming year.
I think the big story for 2016 is going to be more string related than racquet related. Why? Because manufacturers can “turn around” a string model much quicker than a racquet model, and, there are significant areas for improvement in selecting the correct string material for each player physicality and style.
String characteristics, materials, tensions, and applications are confusing to many and rightly so. This year I want to continue the “educational” effort and invite anyone with something to contribute to speak up.
My motto for 2016 is “Speak Up…Then String Up”
I will be in France for a few more days but when I return we need to talk!
We need to talk about what is real and what is myth when it comes to tennis racquet preparation, including stringing. I have discovered over the years, and more pointedly recently, that there is a huge gap between what we think and what is true.
I propose that when I return we organize a little “symposium” and discuss what we know, and don’t know, about string and the installation process.
This is directed toward clients, retail customers, junior players, and junior players parents, coaches and all those interested in racquet and string technologies.
This will not be a stringing seminar but a discussion! This way, I think, we can all understand based on the same information.
Please let me know if you would be interested in attending this “symposium”, which will be free by the way, and in the Orlando, Florida area.
If there is enough interest I will see that it happens quickly! I hope to hear from you with questions you have that can be addressed during the symposium!
First let me get the “shorts” thing out of the way…I like them! I would like them better with a cool white shirt, but that’s just me.
The next item of business, for me, is the fantastic one hand backhand that serves Stan so well. It makes me wonder why juniors, and maybe some adults, are being taught (forced?) the two hand backhand?
I think I understand the physics invloved in swinging a racquet and I also understand that you can build muscle memory and pure muscle if you train for that (one hand backhand).
After seeing the effectiveness of the one hander it seems more players would request that technique be taught to them.
I am still in Italy but will be headed back to France in the morning to continue discussions with Eric and Carine of ERECA regarding diagnostic devices and some ancillary equipment.
For more years than I can remember the rule of thumb for when to re-string your racquet was never really adhered to for many reasons.
Years ago I constructed a simple formula to calculate the “String Frequency Recommended”. This is now available to anyone by clicking on the “calculator” button on the “home” page of this site.
I have incorporated as much as I know about string and times played per year into the four (4) player categories. So, you will not see these as separate fields.
String Density is approximately how much of the head area is filled with string. I calculate this for every racquet but the values I have noted will be fine for your SFR input.
String Spacing M is the distance between main strings. The more distance between strings the higher the number. So, if the strings are .500 apart that would be input as “5”. If the strings are .400 apart that would be input as “4”, and so on.
String Spacing X is the same as the above.
Using this calculator allows you can to play around with the variables to see which racquet properties will give you the longest string “viability”. Strings loose tension well before they break and this calculator reflects that. This calculator will maintain the best playability if adhered to.
This has been an incredible year filled with challenges, great rewards, learning, and teaching!
One of the greatest challenges is making sure that tennis players of all ages can continue to play without injury. This is especially true of younger players that subject themselves to many hours of training and tournaments.
Along with all that hitting comes the risk of arm and shoulder injuries so this year has been filled with research, design, formatting, and experimenting with various string material combinations.
I would like to thank the folks at Acelon Racquet Sports for their tremendous support of our research, and, of course, continuing trial and error! There are many suppliers of tennis string that have contributed but Acelon has stepped up with an extraordinary array of string materials, and configurations. Thank you Dan!
Ashaway Line & Twine Manufacturing has also played a major role in our string research and our commitment to minimize injuries. The Ashaway Monogut ZX has proven to be an outstanding product in fulfilling our commitment. Thank you Steve!
Our commitment to “injury free” tennis will continue as long as I do this and I appreciate the contribution of many suppliers and players. Without the honest and clear feedback of the players it would be impossible to make as much progress as we did this year.
2015 is going to be a very good year! We will be challenged, rewarded, taught and will teach! I am looking forward to it!
Happy New Year!
Thanksgiving and other wonderful holidays are just about here and you know what that means!
Well, in the absence of tennis emergencies, there are many opportunities to get together with family and friends for some good social interaction and maybe some tennis. But what if you do have a tennis emergency?
First determine what an emergency is to you. Now, try to understand why this is an emergency for your tennis emergency “fixer”. You will need to know this when you ask for special emergency action!
Our business, Racquet Quest, LLC, is in the “tennis emergency” business so we are not surprised by anything and are typically able to accommodate your request.
One way to minimize tennis emergencies is to take preventive action…
Are your strings in bad shape? Consider a fresh string job now.
How about your grip and overgrip? Change both the grip and overgrip now.
What about your racquets? Are they in good shape and will last throughout the holidays?
Bring them in now for a quick check-up so you will not be left out of the tennis fun.
Fresh string and grip is the quickest way to re-energized your racquet and your game. When you do these things before they become emergencies everyone is happy.
However, if you do have a tennis emergency please give us a call.
Do you know about Racquet Museum?
Maybe not, but now would be a good time to acquaint yourself with the site by clicking here! When your “tour” of the museum is finished click on “Racquet Quest” to get back here.
I started working on http://www.racquetmuseum.com about a year ago and am now nearing a time that I can add more racquets!
Racquet Museum is not just for relics. Racquet Museum is for any racquet that has proven itself to be worthy of “museum” status. Right now I am the one that bestows this status on racquets but you are invited to add to the racquets that will be displayed in the museum.
Every racquet in Racquet Museum is one that I have in my possession. By having the racquet in-hand allows me to collect all the necessary data and add it to the museum description. It is not good enough to have a picture of a Bergelin Long String if you don’t know how much it weighs, and other data, for example.
Enjoy your visit to the “Racquet Museum” and feel free to recommend or submit racquets!
Many of you are familiar with the International Alliance of Racquet Technicians, or IART, but in case you missed it here is a brief history of IART.
Eight (8) years ago several racquet technicians, previously called “stringers” decided it was time to upgrade the status of those that provided outstanding racquet service to tennis players.
The way do do this, in our view, was a symposium with scheduled sessions and hands-on work shops to put into action what they had learned. Only racquet service professionals that were willing to share their knowledge were asked to participate as Session Leaders.
The first IART Symposium was held at T-Bar-M Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, Texas! Yes, Texas! This symposium was attended by 21 racquet technicians from around the world.
Last week was the end of the Eight Annual IART Symposium which is now held at Saddelbrook Resort near Tampa, Fl, and was attended by sixty (60) racquet technicians from around the world. In addition to attendees there was a “trade show” presented by Alpha, Babolat, Bolt, Ereca, Dunlop, Gamma, Head, Prince, Wilson, Yonex, Y-Tex, and Tennis Machines. Acelon Strings, and Gosen Strings presented strings to all the attendees.
Each attendee received, randomly, a bag full of goodies including a professional racquet, string, wrist bands, grips and several other treats! Prince sponsored a “trivia” session with great participation and great prizes!
Wilson had their “Trackman” system setup on a court and invited anyone to hit and then view their strokes placement and several other results of their swing. This equipment is very high tech and was enjoyed by all attendees. New, yet to be introduced racquets, were available to hit with and give immediate feed-back to the company representatives that were there.
The four (4) day symposium was a giant success.
Why am I telling you all of this? This is why! I want to have more consumer representation at the symposium. Consumers rule our business and have a great deal of influence on what we do, believe it or not! While the racquet technician is a valuable resource when selecting racquets, string, tension, and all other things that make your racquet play it’s best, it is you, the consumer, that make demands that we may not typically experience.
These demands cause us to re-evaluate how we do our jobs, and, without you, tennis players, we have no jobs!
What can I do to get you more involved?
I wanted to write an important, and profound, post about the Federer/Monfils match of last night…but no writing can communicate the impact of simply believing in yourself!
Roger said during the match “this may be it!” How many times have we had this phrase running through our minds as things begin to collapse around us.
I have no idea how the US Open will end but I know we can all learn from the on court stability and performance of Roger Federer.
Well Done, Roger!