Friday, July 20, 2012

Pat Markey

You can't deny the power of Poly tennis strings

You can’t deny the power of Poly.


I was thumbing through the pages of my July 9th issue of NEW YORK magazine and ran across an article about Roger Federer titled “Where was my Mind wandering?”, in short it’s about injury, losing, mental toughness, survival and yes poly strings.  Just coming off of a tremendous win in London probably is partially responsible for this article, none the less, Roger Federer has become more of a household name beyond sports fans.  If you had a chance to watch the emotional Wimbledon Final earlier this month you would probably agree that Roger is a class act and his unmatched talent can’t be denied.  

I read anything I can find pertaining to tennis and therefore sat down at my kitchen table with my coffee and began to wade through the pages.  By now you might be wondering how this ties into ‘poly tennis strings’, it will so please just keep reading.  Although Geoffrey Gray, the author of this article, was sharing some experiences he has had with Roger and trying to get the reader to understand some factors both on and off the court that tug at a player as he progresses in his career especially the mental factor, my eyes were drawn to the discussion as it relates to tennis strings.

As the article progressed and the discussion led to Pete Sampras and possibly a decline in interest due to perhaps a predictable players who sometimes appears boring, etc.   The implications that the ‘tennis powers that be’ should make some changes in the game to perhaps make it a little less boring led to the fact that perhaps making the game more thrilling and more marketable to audiences outside of die hard tennis fans would be to make some changes.   Perhaps the changing racquets also may influence the game toward a positive change, the technology is leaning toward making these frames easier for the power game and to quote the article” Most important, players use a new kind of polyester string that makes it easier to return heavy serves and allows them to generate more spin.”  As articles before have emphasized, the market from natural gut strings has shifted 360 to polyester being the staple for touring pro’s.  The article voices research that explains that the ‘new’ poly’s actually are smooth, slippery and the strings act like a kind of ‘spring’ and generate unbelievable spin and control. 

I wanted to share this article (July 9th NEW YORK magazine) here as it pertains to string and would recommend it as a read.

Pat Markey

About Pat Markey -

Patrick Has been stringing rackets for over 25 years including at many professional events around the country including the US OPEN and AUSTRALIAN OPEN. He brings a depth of knowledge and love for the industry.

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