Benefits of USRSA Full Membership
Membership gets you connected to the most up-to-date information for racquet sports professionals and enthusiasts!
Prices vary depending on shipping costs to each country.
Products and Benefits Include:
- The industry’s most up-to-date and interactive source on racquet sports technology. Your own private association website covering all aspects of racquet sports equipment.
- The Stringer’s Digest
- Published annually and updated mid-year, the Stringer’s Digest is the most comprehensive technical reference manual in the racquet industry.
- Racquet Sports Industry magazine (more information | website)
- Our magazine is filled with the latest stringing news and industry information you won’t find anywhere else. Annual membership dues of $119 include $25 for a 1-year subscription to Racquet Sports Industry magazine. Membership dues of $220 include $50 for a 2-year subscription to Racquet Sports Industry magazine. Membership dues of $300 include $75 for a 3-year subscription to Racquet Sports Industry magazine.
- Special Discounts and Free Samples (U.S. members only)
- Free sample products and exclusive discount offers from more than a dozen leading manufacturers and suppliers. You can also participate in product testing and new product development — and gain a valuable edge on your competition.
- Marketing Tools
- A complimentary membership certificate, member card and window decal show customers your commitment to excellence. Racquet labels and racquet claim checks are all available at low membership prices.
- USRSA professionals are available to answer your questions about racquet service, stringing machines, purchasing, manufacturers/suppliers, and more.
- Professional Certification
- Become a Master Racquet Technician (MRT) or Certified Stringer through USRSA’s unique professional development program. These programs are recognized industry-wide and are backed by some of the biggest names in the game.
- Private Instructor Stringing Lessons
- Take a lesson from one of our MRT instructors or become an instructor yourself and earn $$.
- Automatic membership in the Grommets Network
- One of the most vexing problems facing stringers is that of finding bumperguards and grommet strips for discontinued racquets. In the “olden days,” a piece of tape was the bumperguard, and there was no grommet strip. When the racquet wore out, it had to be replaced. Today, racquets can last virtually forever if properly cared for, but the bumperguard and grommet strip will eventually wear out or fail. If the manufacturer no longer sells a bumperguard and grommet strip you need, a simple e-mail to our Grommets Network puts you in touch with thousands of other USRSA members, many of whom have bumperguards and grommet kits to sell.
- Automatic membership in the Racquets Network
- Do you have customers who think “they don’t make ‘em like they used to”? They may be correct, but what happens when the time comes to purchase another racquet like the one they’ve come to know and love, and it hasn’t been manufactured in years? All you need to do is e-mail the Racquet Network to contact thousands of USRSA members … and their collections of older racquets. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find buyers for some of your old racquets.
- Automatic subscription to Bob Larson’s Daily Tennis News
- Every day, you’ll receive a Daily Tennis News e-mail, which includes the latest happenings, news, and classified ads relating to the tennis world, along with news about the men’s and women’s pro tours.
Tools and information to help you get the right equipment for the right reasons for the right person (you). RacquetTECH.com offers awareness, understanding and skills. These translate to fun and performance. For more information, try our special Racquet Selector/Customizer Demo.
Racquet Selection Online-Software: Can you keep track of all the possible combinations of weight, balance, swingweight, length, flex, price, headsize and power of over 400 racquets and how each racquet compares to every other and how all of that compares to your desires of what you want from a racquet? This tool can. It is the only comprehensive, objective and accurate method for choosing a racquet available. Without this tool, choosing a racquet is like throwing blind at a dart board.
String Selection Online-Software: Having a space-age racquet does no good if you make a dinosaur-brain choice of strings. Strings are the most important part of the racquet, but there has never been a way to compare strings, let alone make intelligent decisions about them based on thorough knowledge of all the properties of each string. The String Selector does for strings what the Racquet Selector does for racquets. It compares every string’s stiffness, dwell time, deflection, shock force, impact tension increase, tension loss with time, tension loss after impact and friction with every other string and compares the results to your performance desires. It then recommends strings that meet your criteria.
Racquet Customization Online-Software: Almost every racquet can and should be customized for individual performance optimization. Customization involves adding specific amounts of weight (lead tape) to specfic locations anywhere along the entire length of the racquet in order to change a racquet’s weight, balance, swingweight, sweetspot, power, and shock absorbtion. The Customizer calculates the effect upon each of the these performance properties of adding any amount of weight to any of three simultaneous locations along the racquet. This is rocket science, and that is why, in the past, you have been stuck with whatever racquet you picked off the shelf.
Technology Articles: Can you say, “Co-polymer matrix, ” or “Graphite-titanium matrix,” or “Piezoelectricity”? If so, can you explain them or understand them? Do you know what all the adverizing gobblygook really means? Do you know what each racquet and string manufacturer is selling as a technology, how it works, why it works, and if it works? Our technical staff of experts, engineers, and scientists explain it for you. No where else can you get the story behind the story.
How-To Articles: Equipment stringing, customizing, marketing, servicing, selling, and promoting are all discussed in our Tips and Techniques articles library.
Racquet Technician Locater: Selecting the right racquet and string and customizing the racquet can all become a fruitless enterprise if the strings are not installed properly. For those who “don’t try this at home,” the Find A Stringer tool locates a technician trained to install the strings at the proper tension and with the proper technique to maximize performance.
String Pattern Digest and Encyclopedia: Every technician/stringer/do-it-yourselfer needs to know what and how to do it. The On-line Stringers Digest searches and finds the correct pattern for your racquet from the over 6,000 racquets in its database.
The Racquet Service Techniques: A complete step-by-step guide to stringing, servicing, and customizing racquets. This publication also includes certification study materials.
Stringing Machine Selector: Whether you’re stringing 4,000 racquets a year, or just 1, you want to do it on the best machine for your needs. The reviews, data, and Machine Selector software make this decision a painless and informative process.
Product Finder: Can’t find a product, part or service? Product Finder will find it for you.
Up-to-date Product Introductions: What’s coming? What’s new and exciting? Find out here first.
Equipment Testing, Reviews and Playtests: So you know what’s coming…who cares? Find out here.
MORE: There’s more and there’s more planned — and we are adding stuff all the time.
The Stringer’s Digest
Published twice annually, the Stringer’s Digest is the most comprehensive technical reference in the racquet industry. It’s an essential tool for anyone in this business.
The Spring/Summer volume is published in February each year and the Fall/Winter volume is published in August. Each volume includes all the stringing instructions and data necessary for retailers and stringers to buy, recommend, and service racquets and strings.
The Racquet Patterns chapters include detailed instructions for virtually every racquet a stringer will ever see. This includes thousands of listings for Tennis, Racquetball, Squash, and Badminton.
The Company Locator chapter is the “Yellow Pages” of the racquet sports industry and contains all contact information organized both by-products and alphabetically.
Racquet Sports Industry magazine
The only magazine covering the racquet sports industry. Racquet Sports Industry magazine provides unmatched coverage of the business, equipment, apparel, and racquet service of tennis, racquetball, squash, and badminton. A $25 one-year subscription includes 10 issues filled with the kind of stories and information about racquet sports that can’t be found anywhere else. Regular features and columns include:
Industry News — stories and announcements about changes happening every day in the racquet sports companies
Product Introduction & Reviews — the only place to hear about all the new racquets, strings, footwear, apparel, and accessory products being introduced each year
Business & Economy — articles and stories about how to succeed in the racquet sports business
Court Coverage — coverage of court manufacturing and maintenance that can’t be found anywhere else
Racquet Sports Science — articles explaining and de-mystifying the simple and complicated subjects that make our sports work
Tips & Techniques — tips about business and racquet service techniques presented by USRSA members to make your life easier
Ask the Experts — a column designed to answer questions asked by our readers
Your Finances — a how-to business column for running a racquet sports business
By the Numbers — reporting and analysis of the industry’s financial ups and downs
Calendar — a listing of upcoming events in the racquet sports industry
Your Serve — articles with suggestions to improve your business
Playtest Reviews — reports of the results of our playtest teams’ blind testing of new strings, grips, & overgrips
Stringing Machine Reviews — reviews of new stringing machines
Pro Equipment Logs — reports of what equipment is being used by the top players at each of the grand slams
Classifieds — members and subscribers can place free classified ads for products they are looking for or trying to sell
Annual membership dues of $119 include $25 for a 1-year subscription to Racquet Sports Industry magazine. Membership dues of $220 include $50 for a 2-year subscription to Racquet Sports Industry magazine. Membership dues of $300 include $75 for a 3-year subscription to Racquet Sports Industry magazine.
Free Samples (U.S. members only)
Free sample products and exclusive discount offers are available from more than a dozen leading manufacturers and suppliers. For example, in 2003 our members received free products worth more than $80 (wholesale value). The table below shows recent products and other items sent to our U.S. members:
|February||Sample of Head Sonic Pro Edge 16 sent in RSI magazine|
|April||Coupon for a set of Tecnifibre Razor Code 16|
|May||Coupon for a set of Gamma Moto 16|
|June||Coupon for a set of Wilson Sensation Control 16|
|January||Coupon for a set of Wilson NXT Control|
|February||Coupon for a set of YTex Quadro Twist|
|April||Coupon for a set of Tecnifibre Ruff Code 16|
|June||Coupon for a set of Ashaway Zyex Monogut|
|July||Coupon for a set of Ytex Protour|
|September/October||Coupon for a set of Gosen Sidewinder 17|
|November/December||Coupon for a set of Gamma Zo Dart 17|
|January||Coupon for a set of Tecnifibre X Code 16|
|March||Coupon for a set of Prince Beast XP 16|
|April||Coupon for a set of Yonex Poly Tour Pro 130
Sample of Wilson Hollow Core Pro 16 with Stringer's Digest
|May||Sample of Luxilon Savage White sent in RSI Magazine|
|June||Coupon for a set of Wilson Red Alert|
|July||Coupon for a set of Tecnifibre Duramix HD 16|
|August||Coupon for a set of Genesis Black Magic|
|September/October||Coupon for a set of Gamma Zo Verve 17|
|November/December||Coupon for a set of HEAD FXP Tour|
|January||Coupon for a set of Luxilon M2 Plus|
|February||Coupon for a set of HEAD FXP Power/FXP 17|
|May||Coupon for a set of Wilson Hollow Core Pro 17|
|June||Coupon for a set of Gamma TNT2 Touch 16|
|July||Coupon for a set of Solinco Tour Bite or a set of Solinco Revolution|
|August||Coupon for a set of Luxilon Adrenaline 16L|
|September/October||Coupon for a set of Mantis Comfort Synthetic 16|
|November/December||Coupon for a set of Genesis Typhoon 16|
|January||Coupon for a set of Wilson (K) Gut Pro 16|
|February||Coupon for a set of HEAD ETS 16|
|March||Coupon for a set of Prince Premier LT 17|
|April||Coupon for a set of Wilson Hollow Core 16|
|May||Coupon for a set of Luxilon M2 Pro 16|
|June||Coupon for a set of Gamma TNT² Tour 16|
|July||Coupon for a set of Tecnifibre Black Code 16|
|August||Coupon for a set of HEAD Sonic Pro 17/Natural Gut 16|
|September/October||Coupon for a set of Prince Hybrid Power EXP 17/16
Sample of Babolat N.Vy 16 with Stringer's Digest
|November/December||Coupon for a set of HEAD Sonic Pro 17/FXP Power 17|
|February||Drawing for a set of Wilson Champions Choice|
|March||Coupon for a set of Wilson (K) Gut 16|
|April||Coupon for a set of Luxilon ALU Power Fluoro|
|May||Coupon for a set of Tecnifibre Xr3 16|
|June||Coupon for a set of Pro Supex Matrix Hybrid|
|July||Coupon for a set of Tecnifibre TGV 16|
|August||Drawing for a set of Prince Recoil 16|
|September/October||Coupon for a set of Gamma Zo Tour 16|
|January||Coupon for Prince Synthetic Gut Multifilament 16
Poster of the 2007 String Survey/Members Choice Awards
|March||Drawing for a set of Wilson Ultimate Duo|
|April||Coupon for a set of Pro Supex Big Ace 1.25|
|May||Coupon for a set of Wilson Super Spin|
|July||Coupon for a set of HEAD Sonic Pro 17|
|August||Coupon for a set of Gamma Asterisk 16|
|September/October||Coupon for a set of HEAD C3 Rocket 16|
|January||Flier for the Grommet Flare-It tool
Poster of the 2006 String Survey/Members Choice Awards
|February||Coupon for Tecnifibre Multifeel 16|
|March||Coupon for Gamma Zo Pro 16L|
|June||Drawing for a set of Wilson Natural|
|July||Coupon for HEAD FXP Power 16|
|August||Coupon for Pacific X-Force 18|
|September||Samples of Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 16 and 17 with Stringer's Digest|
|September/October||Coupon for Tecnifibre Pro RedCode 16 in RSI magazine|
|January||Coupon for Prince Lightning Power 17
Poster for the 2005 String Survey/Members Choice Awards
|February||Coupon for Gamma Revelation 16
Revised poster for the 2005 String Survey/Members Choice Awards.
|March||Coupon for Toalson Cyber Blade Tour Thermaxe 123|
|May||Coupon for Wilson Reaction 16|
|August||Coupon for HEAD FXP 17|
|September||2 Samples of Babolat Attraction 16 sent in Fall Digest
Sample of Babolat Attraction Power 17 sent in Fall Digest
|September/October||Coupon for Gosen Polylon SP 17|
|November/December||Coupon for Gamma Zo Sweet 17|
|January||String Survey Poster|
|March||Coupon for Prince Premier 16|
|April||Coupon for Klip Blast 17|
|July||Coupon for Wilson NXT OS 16L|
|August||Internet coupon for Tecnifibre X-One Biphase
Sample of Prince Premier 16 sent to members, but not in magazine
|September||Sample of Wilson Enduro Tour sent with magazine|
|October||Coupon for HEAD MegaBlast 16, and HEAD PowerZone PPS synthetic gut|
|November-December||Sample of Wilson Micro Dry replacement grip sent with magazine
Copy of InTenn video magazine sent with magazine
|Sample set of Gamma Synthetic Gut 16 with flyer & Letter
Coupon for Prince Lightning XX 16 String
|April||(Spring Digest Update)
Insert of Wilson Stamina Spin String & Flyer
|May||Sample of Gamma ESP 16 sent to members, but not in Magazine|
|June||Coupon for Gosen Polylon Comfort 16|
|July||Coupon for Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Big Banger ALU was sent with a set of Forten Aramid Gear
|August||Insert of HEAD FiberGel Power 16
Coupon for Volkl Power Fiber 18
|September||Flyer from Wilson
Coupon for Klip Scorcher 16
|December||Coupon for Prince Polygut 17|
|January||Coupon for Volkl Power Fiber String|
|February||Coupon for Prince Attitude String|
|March||Ad for 2 Free sets of Topspin Poly Polar String|
|April||Insert of Wilson Stamina String and Wilson Pro Overgrip|
|May||Insert of Tecnifibre Pro Mix & Roland Garros Drawing Entry Form
Coupon for Unique Tournafiber Irradiated
|August||Insert of Wilson's Frequent Stringers Program|
|September||Entry Form for Prince Stringing Machine Drawing
Coupon for HEAD FiberGel String
|November||Fall Digest Update|
Special Discounts (U.S. members only)
Existing discounts for our members are as follows:
|Company||Contact||Discount for all members||Discount for MRTs|
|Alpha||800-922-9024||10% discount on all Alpha strings and Alpha grips (based on first column pricing).||5% discount on Alpha machines over $1,000.|
|Ashaway||800-556-7260||5% discount off earned price on string.||5% discount off earned price on string.|
|ATS||800-866-7071||Up to 20% on selected items.|
|Dunlop||888-215-1530||PREFERRED level pricing on all strings and grips.||PREFERRED level pricing on all strings and grips.|
|Golden Set||866-865-3202||10% off on all strings and 5% off on all grips.|
|Gosen||800-538-0026||5% discount off earned price for all strings, and grips.|
|HEAD||800-289-7366||Silver pricing for all strings, grips and accessories.||Gold pricing for all strings, grips and accessories.|
|Tecnifibre||888-TFTennis||Level II volume pricing on all Tecnifibre strings.|
|Tourna||800-554-3707||10% off wholesale pricing for all strings, grips, and accessories.|
|Yonex||800-449-6639||5% off all tennis and badminton strings and grips (based on first line pricing).||8% off all tennis and badminton strings and grips (based on first line pricing).|
Finally, you may qualify to participate in product testing and new product development — and gain a valuable edge on your competition.