Racquet Service Interactive — Contents

Introduction

  • How to navigate this course
  • Learn more about this program's creators: Wilson Sporting Goods Co., The U.S. Racquet Stringers Association, FSU Professional Tennis Management, Ferris State University

Selecting Racquets

(Factors to consider when selecting a frame for yourself or a customer or student.)

What First: Racquet or Play Style?

Frame Categories

  • Game Improvement Frames
  • Players' Frames
  • Intermediate Frames

Player Types

  • Short/Slow Swings
  • Moderate/Medium Swings
  • Fast/Full Swings

Frame Characteristics

  • Power
  • Maneuverability
  • Spin

Understand Specs

  • Length
  • Headsize
  • Stiffness
  • Weight
  • Balance
  • Swingweight
  • String Pattern
  • Other Specs

Spec Effects

  • Length Increase
  • Headsize Increase
  • Stiffness Increase
  • Weight Increase
  • Balance Point Increase
  • String Pattern Density Increase
  • Considerations for All Changes
  • The Selector Guide
  • The Racquet Selector Chart
  • The Racquet List

Selector Software

Price & Color

Demo, Demo, Demo

Considerations

Selecting Strings

(Factors to consider when selecting a string for yourself or a customer or student.)

  • Importance of Selection

String Characteristics

  • Stringbed Stiffness
  • Spin Potential
  • Durability

String Specs

  • Materials
  • Gauge
  • Construction
  • Tension

String Spec Effects

  • Materials
  • Gauge
  • Construction
  • Tension

Concept of Power

  • Looser/Tighter?
  • Constant Speed
  • Trajectory
  • Stringbed Stiffness
  • Dialing In Tension

Demo, Demo, Demo

  • Shop Demo
  • Double Racquet

Restring Frequency

  • It's Broken
  • Time Intervals
  • Check with Tools

Considerations

Stringing Machines

(Information about Stringing Machines that everyone in the tennis industry should know.)

Anatomy of a Machine

  • Tension Head Assembly
  • Tension Jaw Assembly
  • Tension Head Brake Lever
  • Tension Setting Knob
  • Tension Head Crank
  • Tension Head Track
  • Tray Table
  • Clamps
  • Mounting Posts
  • Tray Table Locking Lever
  • Tool Tray
  • Stand

Tension: Reference vs. Actual

Lockout vs. Constant Pull

Tools of the Trade

  • Calibrator
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Diagonal Cutters
  • Awl
  • Starting Clamp

Important Features

  • Mounting System
  • Clamping System
  • Flying Clamps
  • Fixed Clamps (Swivel)
  • Fixed Clamps (Non-Swivel)

Tensioning System

  • Drop Weight Machines
  • Hand Crank Machines
  • Electric Machines
  • Linear Pull and Rotational

Stringing

(The basic concepts of stringing and things that stringers should be aware of are explained.)

Pre-Stringing Inspection

  • Inspecting Strings and Grommets
  • Wear Signs
  • Broken Strings
  • Where it Broke
  • Normal Topspin Wear?
  • Broke Near a Grommet
  • Inspecting Frames for Damage

Cutting Strings

  • Diagonal Intersections
  • Independent Cuts
  • Safety Tip

Inspect/Repair Grommets

  • Grommet Grinder
  • Tubing

Inspect/Repair Rattles

  • How To

Mount Frame to Machine

  • Proper Mounting
  • Types of Mount Systems
  • Centering the Frame
  • Securing with 6 Points
  • Securing with 2 Points
  • Adapters

Determining Pattern

  • Looking up a Pattern
  • How to Read the Listing
  • Special Procedures
  • Counting Holes
  • No Listing Available

Preparing String

  • Uncoil, Measure, Cut
  • 1 or 2 Piece Stringing?
  • 1 Piece Stringing
  • Grooves
  • 2 Piece Stringing

Preparing Clamps

String the Mains

  • Where to Begin and End
  • 1 Piece vs. 2 Piece
  • String Preparation
  • Start the String
  • Pull Tension
  • Release Tension Head
  • Tension Second Left
  • Tension First Right
  • Don't Double Pull
  • Stop Grommet Slip
  • Main Skip Holes
  • Final Inspection
  • Tie off the Ends
  • Trim the Knot Tails
  • Keep Going
  • String the Crosses
  • Before Starting
  • 1 Piece Start
  • 2 Piece Start
  • Weaving
  • Tension First Cross
  • Friction
  • Blocked Holes
  • Crossovers
  • Weave One Ahead
  • Final Inspection
  • Tie Off Crosses
  • Trim Knot Tails
  • Straighten Strings
  • Removing
  • Around the World
  • How it Works
  • Technique
  • Staggered Patterns

The Unknown Frame

  • USRSA Members
  • Old String Pattern Intact
  • Determine Proper Tension
  • Tie-Off Hole Locations

Gripping

(How to regrip and resize the handle of a racquet, an often over-looked area of service.)

Determining the Right Size

  • Try Out Different Sizes
  • Hand Measurements
  • Method #1
  • Method #2
  • The Towel Wrap

Removing the Grip

Changing the Grip Size

  • Size Increase
  • Add-On
  • Heat Shrink Sleeves
  • Weight Considerations
  • Size Decrease
  • Which Ones Can Change?
  • Shaving a Handle
  • Butt Cap Considerations

Reshaping the Grip

  • Shape Changing
  • Add Bulk to End Cap

Wrapping the Grip

  • Tools Needed
  • Right or Left Handed?
  • Lining Up the Grip
  • Wrapping
  • Trimming
  • Finish
  • Leather Grips

Grommets & Guard

(Procedures and things to be aware of when replacing bumperguards and grommet strips.)

Got the Right Set?

Removing the Old Set

  • Stuck Grommets

Installing the New Set

  • Throat and Side Strips
  • Bumperguard
  • Heat Gun
  • Cable Ties

Stenciling

(Stenciling a freshly strung racquet can add a professional finishing touch.)

Why Stenciling?

Stenciling Equipment

Stenciling Procedure

Customizing

(Customizing a racquet can make it truly unique to its owner and improve their game.)

Touring Pros' Racquets

What is Customization?

Most Changed Specs

  • Weight
  • Balance
  • Swingweight

Reasons to Customize

  • Matching Frames
  • Improving Performance

Tools for Customizing

  • Classic Tools
  • A Modern Tool

Effects of Adding Weight

  • Starting Point
  • Adding to the Butt
  • Adding to the Balance Point
  • Adding to 3 & 9 o'clock
  • Adding to 10 & 2 o'clock
  • Adding to the Tip
  • Multiple Locations

Adding Lead Tape

  • Calculations
  • Preparations
  • Adding to the Handle
  • Adding to the Frame
  • Improve the Appearance
  • Wash Your Hands

Customizing Example

  • Gather the Specs
  • Choose Modifications
  • Use the Customizer
  • Get the Lead Tape Ready
  • Applying the Lead Tape
  • Check the New Specs

Service Errors

(Things to look for when evaluating the professionalism of racquet service.)

Stringing

  • Misweaves
  • Crossovers
  • Notches
  • Loose Strings
  • Empty Holes
  • Cracking/Warping
  • Scratches
  • Damaged Strings
  • Crooked Strings

Bumperguard/Grommets

  • Damaged Grommets
  • Grommets Seating
  • Partial Replacement
  • Loose Particles
  • Scratches

Gripping/Handle Resize

  • Correct Wrapping Directions
  • Seam Overlap Consistency
  • The Butt Cap
  • The Top of the Grip
  • Evenly Enlarged
  • Feel the Bevels
  • Exposed Add-On Material

Stenciling

  • Ink on the Frame
  • Ink on the Strings
  • Fill-In Areas
  • Globs of Ink
  • Wrong Position
  • Wrong Sides

Take a Quiz

Now that you have gone through all the chapters in this interactive course you can take a quiz to test your knowledge.

  • Take Beginners Test A — 25 Questions
  • Take Beginners Test B — 25 Questions
  • Take Beginners Test C — 25 Questions
  • Take Advanced Test A — 25 Questions
  • Take Advanced Test B — 25 Questions
  • Take Advanced Test C — 25 Questions