Saturday, July 11, 2015

To us tennis geeks, it's always fun to see what is happening inside the stringing room.  See what equipment they use and sometimes pick up some fun facts....

Watch this video and pick up some tips.  You will quickly see professional tie off knots, starting clamps being used see the first cross string is under the mains on both ends, watch simple weaving as to keep the gut from being damaged on the more abrasive poly mains, watch the weaving technique and see how he keeps the main strings from getting notched.  A rookie stringer would be pulling each string over the mains and this causes small notches to weaken the strings and many times will cause premature breakage.  The Babolat stringing machines also make the process easier, I have always found these to be high quality machines that produce a pretty consistent result.
It's not a big surprise result to see Serena take the title once again.  She continues to be on top of her game.  Over the past 5 to 10 years Serena continues to be a strong frontrunner on the women's tour.  Over the past year I have not followed the game as closely as I would have liked but am working on putting some valuable content on this site.  I have always enjoyed the grand slams for their uniqueness.  I have been fortunate enough to have been to Wimbledon and take in the sights. 

Some of my favorite moments are those simple things and traditions such as waiting in line for tickets sitting on the grass outside the stadium, strawberries and cream, walking the outer courts and watching the practice sessions etc.

From a racket stringers perspective, it's not much different, the tensions change, the machines are different but the process is all the same.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

In my past writing here at Racket Stringing Tips I have posted  on the importance of the 'STARTING CLAMP' and have outlined several uses that I have found to be helpful.  During my research and study this weekend I ran across a great article that sums it up well.  In the May 2015 Tennis Industry Magazine the article is titled "One Tool, Many use"s by Bob Patterson. I liked the illustrations because it supported the text well and made it more prescriptive.  I highly recommend you take a look at the article and review it yourself.  The starting clamp has been an essential tool for me over the years and I generally use it for every racket that I string. 

Tennis Industry Magazine has gone through some changes and was previously called Racket Sports Industry magazine.  This trade publication is well known to industry and tennis business owners.  You can read it online.

Monday, May 11, 2015

I was browsing the website and saw the article about the Head Racket Stringing Room from the March 2015 BNP Paribas Open in the Desert and delighted to see a new stringing team emerge on the scene.  A friend and my stringing mentor was on the team and interviewed.  See a short video about the Head Stringing machine, its pretty sleek.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Check out the whole article at BBC BBC SPORT

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DAY 3: Ok before we move any farther we need to start learning how to string, I wanted this program to begin all the way at the beginning as if you have never strung before. Don’t stop reading yet, this will also be good for those of you that already know the basics because you will learn short cuts, best practices, tips and just good advise as you continue learning your craft. The next step is to get supplies together so we can start stringing, and I will show some short video’s to help you along the way. It is probably going to take us a week or more to get our machine, tools, string, etc. I plan on ordering the same thing in order to be working right aside you as you learn. While we wait for the materials to arrive we will get our business cards together and discuss what we need there and that way we can keep moving forward and not waste time waiting for our machine to arrive. So for today I just want to you to think about the basic items we need to get started. Tomorrow I will talk about each, what I would recommend and where to buy. If you already have than you are one step ahead, also feel free to email me regarding any questions. LIST: 1. stringing machine 2. string to practice with 3. basic stringing tools – awl, clippers, pliers, starting clamp 4. tennis racket to practice with. Tomorrow I will go into depth about each of the items listsed above and than figure out the best deals to get our needed equipment. If you have some of the items listed above, get them out and find a place that you will use to set up your stringing business! See you tomorrow - Patrick