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)