Friday, October 24, 2014

I have created a 90 day program to get you up and running in your racket stringing business.  I will teach you how to get started, where to buy products, what to buy, how to promote yourself, how to string and much more…..This is day 1.  Please be sure to check back – I will do my best to post daily new information, follow with the RSS feed or via email alerts so you don’t miss a day.  The complete 90 day program will be available shortly on PDF as well.  I will explain in detail and help you to get your business up and running.  I know many individuals who string rackets full time or part-time and love doing it… This can truly be the best job if you want it to be!

So you already have a passion for tennis, play on a team, compete or are active at your local club but are now looking at taking care of your own gear it’s time to start stringing your own rackets and perhaps start stringing for others.  This can be a great service business with repeat customers!  It is truly the one part of the Tennis Business that cannot really be outsourced to the mail order shops.  I want you to be stringing your own frames before you start stringing for others because in this business WORD OF MOUTH is the most important thing!  If you string well – news travels fast but if you mess up a string job – the news travels even faster!

So I am approaching this as if you do not have a machine and don’t know how to string.  If you already do somewhat that’s great, but bear with me because you might still pick up some tips!

DAY 1 – Map out a goal for yourself, perhaps a ‘statement’ of sorts about why you are doing this and what your short term goals are and what your long 1 to 5 year goals are.  No this is not a marketing or business plan writing course but I want you to be able to put down on paper why you want to do this so when you feel frustrated you can return back and READ IT!

EXAMPLE:  My goal is to learn to string my own rackets to save money and because I have always wanted to learn.  In 1 year I will be stringing for other people and will have 10 clients! 


So I hope you are excited about this journey as I am, take today and just put down your goals in a notebook, we will be using this notebook for the entire course so go find a notebook you can dedicate to your new business!  I will see you tomorrow -Patrick

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sorry I have been away for some time working on other projects but will be posting again daily.  Here is the daily stringing tip.

RACKET PREPARATION
  1. Always inspect the racket in the presence of the customer. Look for any cracks, stress fractures, excessive wear, grommet wear and also inspect the grip for wear. This step allows you to immediately discuss with your client the wear of the racket and any additional services you might need to perform to assure the racket is working to its optimal performance ability. One major benefit from this tip is that the customer cannot blame or hint the fact that you might have had something to do with the crack or stress fracture. It is possible to break a racket during stringing and I have seen it done, even to a WTA tour player! So always use the best practice approach to stringing. If the grommets are worn or cracked offer replacement opportunities, if the racket is worn beyond repair than offer to find a suitable replacement (opportunity to sell one in the current line of retail rackets). If the grip is worn this is a great time to talk about grip and overgrip options. This step of the process is where value added service and products are sold.

    I hope this tip was valuable.  Please comment with questions.  

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Happy New Year!

Here is the first tip of 2014.  Clean your racket prior to mounting. This basic 2 minute tip can keep your racket looking new and while inspecting it you can see any potential cracks or stress fractures early.  Generally if you live in an area that has clay courts or someone used the racket as a shovel in the dirt this step can really make a difference quickly.  I have seen rackets with years of dirt and grim that can easily be wiped off with some rubbing alcohol and a cloth.  I generally will get a spray bottle and fill with rubbing alcohol.  There are several other tennis uses for this that I will discuss later.  

During the inspection and cleaning of the racket also look for grommet wear and cracks in the grommets.  If you need to replace grommets or use tubing (will discuss further in later tips) than this is better done before you mount the racket on your machine.

If you string rackets as a business :Advertise that you do this in your promotional material.  This is a great marketing tool.  Generally I will wipe the racket down, get the dust off, clean around the grommets until all the marks are off.

I hope this tip saves you some time and effort.   More times to come tomorrow. (STip 01)

Monday, December 30, 2013

This holiday season has been a great time to reflect on the year ahead and especially a time to focus my ideas on what I want this site to be in 2014.  I hope that the information found here can help my audience-racket stringers everywhere and at all levels be more productive and expand their know how.  The first of my efforts will focus specifically on the 'Newbie Stringer' and this will include the new stringing course that is starting in Mid-January (Racket Stringing 101).  Secondly the '365' stringing tips that I will hope to roll out 'one per day' for the entire 2014 year will provide stringers of all levels with some tips and time saving stuff.

After 20 years of stringing rackets I have picked up some valuable tips and now I want to share these with my readers.  I also hope to get the design just right on this site so that the readability and navigation makes stuff easy to find.  The hours I spend each day sifting through tennis information online will yield some valuable information that I will post and share.  I hope YOU the reader will post, comment,join the newsletter,
tweet and like this and become part of the racketstringing.com family. 

Best Wishes in 2014

Saturday, December 28, 2013

For the upcoming Racket Stringing 101 course that is starting in January, I will be stringing on a "drop-weight" type stringing machine.  In 20 years of racket stringing most of my stringing has been done on a variety of computerized professional grade machines.  For this course since it is a beginning course designed for those that are just getting started and want to string their own rackets, the course will be taught using a "drop-weight machine"

You will need to have access to a stringing machine, a few tools (that I will be talking about in the days ahead) and time.  Follow the link to Amazon below  to see a "drop-weight machine" that would work for this course. I have listed a few and both are under $200.00.  The cost of shipping varies so check each out.   It is actually possible to start stringing for under $200.00 dollars and I want to show you how.  There is no 'magic' here, but with hard work, some dedication and practice you should be on your way to stringing your own tennis racket's in no time.


Friday, December 27, 2013


Save money and keep your racket tuned and ready for the important matches!  
Learn to string your own tennis rackets.

Get ready to fire your racket stringer and learn to string your own rackets.  You probably heard the phrase " string as often in a year as you play in a week?"  But now you can string every time you need to and have your racket tuned for the important match.  The savings can add up quickly. Let me take your stringing to the next level.

The Racket Stringing 101 course will walk you through each step and is designed for someone without any experience but can also help those that already know the basics.  Learn at your own pace and get ready to have fun!  The course is completely free and will start January 15 with new materials posted weekly.  Please email with more questions and stay tuned here to get started.  I will show you how to get all the equipment you need for under $200 dollars online and walk you through each step so that you will be able to string your own rackets.  

After 20 years of stringing for local players, competitive players and touring professionals at major tournaments my experience can help you learn to string rackets the correct way!  The demo's will be shown using the same machine I am recommending that you  purchase  for under $200 dollars new!  I will show you everything you need to get started, take you step by step, offer email support and provide video tutorials!  If you are interested please send a reply post or you can email me directly at racketstringingtips@gmail.com

Patrick

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Yes that is correct, starting January 1st 2014 we will start posting a new stringing tip each day, keeping your skills up to speed.  Also in January we will be starting our Stringing 101 course so grab your stringing machine and get ready for the fun.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  See you in January.

Patrick

Monday, December 16, 2013

You are gonna have to wait till January to get your hands on the new Babolat Tennis String.  The new "Origin" Babolat string will be a monofiliment string that promises lots of power and comfort!  The string will be available in 125, 130 and 135 size and retail in the over $20.00 per set.  Apparently this new string promotos an organically produced polyamide design.  You can read more about it at Babolat.com or read the article in Tennis Industry Magazine about this new string.

Racket stringing tips is about finding the latest and newest information about what matters to the stringer... so stay tuned for the new site coming in January!

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