We will re-grip as well as enlarge grips and have a large inventory of overgrips, regular and tacky,
black, white and in colors. We have thin grips for those who want to feel the grip bevels.
Same day stringing may be available with a call to our shop beforehand.
Rafael's Black "RPM Blast" in 17, 18 and 16 ga. is ready to go. Wilson's "Savage" is hexagonal and like the Blast offers additional spin characteristics. Wilson's "Shock Shield' is for those with elbow problems and has gel as it's core. Shock Shield is also available in a gel-based softer grip to help that problem.
The Babolat XCEL string is quite soft and perfect for the player with arm problems.
String MaterialToday there are over 500 different strings on the market making selecting string a confusing issue. Material used in tennis racquet string is either synthetic or natural gut.
Natural gut is beef intestines cleaned and stretched. Professional players agree that natural gut string sets the standard for optimum playability, yet for the everyday player natural gut is expensive and short lived.
So, strings can roughly be divided into Playability, All-around and Durable.
Playability strings have a softer feel, will tend to "grab" the ball a bit more, and can be a good choice
for the recreational player who does not break strings often. For those with arm problems, they are
a fine choice. These tend to be multi-filament outer with multifilament inner (or very small inner core).
Wilson Sensation, Prince Premier w/ Softflex, Prince Synthetic Gut Multifilament and Gamma Live Wire
and Babolat Excel are in this category.
These strings, with softer coating, tend to vibrate less and feel "soft". Softer playing string is usually multifilament or multicore synthetic string. Soft string works well with wide-body power racquets by compensating for some of the stiff attributes of these racquets.
All-around strings fall between durable and playabilty and offer the benefits of each. They will
usually have a solid core, but multifilament outer wrapping. Example are many. amond them are:
Prince Synthetic Gut w/ Duraflex and Lightning, Babolat Addiction, Gamma TNT, and Wilson NXT.
Durable strings usally are solid core w/ solid outer covering and include Babolat Hurricane, Gamma
Infinity and Prince ProBlend. This group is usually used by the big hitters and those who break strings often.
These strings are polyester (monofilament) string. Monofilament string will resist abrasion but is very stiff.
Hybrid string is usually a Kevlar string used for strength on the main strings with much softer synthetic used for cross strings .Pro Hurricane, Duralast and Revenge w/ a synthetic gut are examples of hybrid stringing.
Textured string has a rough surface which can "bite" into the ball and generate more spin.
Prince Topspin Plus and Gamma Ruff
How often should you restring your racquet?One of the worst experiences you can encounter in tennis is breaking your string in the middle of a match. This experience can be avoided, to some extent, by taking some precautions. As a general rule you should restring your racquet per year about as many times as you play in one week; therefore, if you play three times a week you would want to restring your racquet three times a year.
Hard hitters will put more stress on strings and will probably restring more often then the general rule requires. Do not store your racquet in a hot environment such as the trunk of your car. Heat can wear out strings much quicker then hitting hard or playing on clay. It is a good rule to inspect your racquet and strings on a regular basis. Look for abrasions on the string and inspect the grommets for wear. If the grommets are torn and string comes in contact with the racquet frame, you are almost assured of a broken string.
Why does string break?Rarely will you get string that is from a "bad batch" but it can happen. String is now made so that a reasonable shelf life can be expected. Even natural gut can last in excess of a year as long as the storage is kept at a reasonable temperature. Normally, use is the major reason that strings break. Keep your strings clean. It is a good idea to wipe your strings off after you use your racquet. Check the grommets and frame periodically and restring when you begin to see excessive wear.
Electronic StringingElectronic stringing holds tension much easier then with manual stringing machines. Electronic machines are easy to calibrate, offer wider ranges of tension and can give consistent tension on the mains and crosses. Having consistent stringing each time you restring allows a player to play with a racquet that will play and feel the same for extended periods of time. We use only electronic machines.
We will re-grip and enlarge grips and have a large inventory of overgrips, as well.