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Playing around with different strings

Posted on October 27, 2014 in Strings

Honestly, have you ever played around with different types of string? No? Then it’s about time to do so during this winter’s indoor season. There are a variety of strings you can choose from. It has always been important to me to be up to date on what’s out there, so let’s just take a closer look on what you can find!

Synthetic, Polyester, Synthetic Gut, Natural Gut and Hybrids Strings, available at Tennis Warehouse Europe.

Synthetic, Polyester, Synthetic Gut, Natural Gut and Hybrids Strings, available at Tennis Warehouse Europe.

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Tennis strings that produce the most spin

Posted on August 11, 2014 in Strings

Rafael Nadal’s “buggy-whip” forehand is being emulated by junior players all around the world in an attempt to generate as much topspin as they can with their forehands.  Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum.

Rafael Nadal’s “buggy-whip” forehand is being emulated by junior players all around the world in an attempt to generate as much topspin as they can with their forehands. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum.

Tennis players of all levels have gone crazy for spin in recent years! With the latest racket and string technology along with younger players trying to replicate the modern swings of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, players are trying to maximize the amount of spin in their games as best as they can.

Our TW University Professor Crawford Lindsey has done extensive testing on how spin is produced during a shot, and what factors apart from the stroke itself aid or hamper the production of spin. At contact, the ball hits the stringbed and moves the main strings (the strings that are horizontal at impact), sliding them out of position vertically against the cross strings. As the ball leaves the strings, the main strings snap back into their original position. A string’s ability to slide and snap back efficiently is what our TW Professor concluded to be the biggest difference between strings in terms of their spin potential. Therefore, the further the main strings can stretch during this process, the greater the snap back force is, and thus the more spin you can generate. (more…)

Make a Racket with your Racket!

Posted on July 17, 2014 in Apparel, Shoes and Accessories

Are you tired of your racket looking like everyone else’s? Do you want to add a little style to your racket to set it apart from the competition? Here are a few simple ways to add your own touch to a racket.

An easy and cheap way to add a little something-something to your racket is a vibration dampener. If you want something a little more personalized than the generic brand logo, try out this Tennis Warehouse vibration dampener, or this Hello Kitty (little girls love it!). Each two-pack contains fun characters such as hearts and apples. Wilson VibraFun dampeners come in packs of two and have even more designs such as a glitter hearts and multicolored flames. Not only are these dampeners fun, but they also are useful for reducing string vibration.

 

Tennis Warehouse, Hello Kitty and Wilson VibraFun dampeners

Tennis Warehouse, Hello Kitty and Wilson VibraFun dampeners

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4 rackets that play like the Babolat Pure Drive

Posted on July 1, 2014 in Rackets

It’s no secret around here that if I’m jumping on the court for a hit, the Babolat Pure Drive is right there with me. It has been my racket of choice for more than 10 years and is a popular frame among all levels of players from the pros like Li Na, Julia Goerges and Fabio Fognini to top college players, to intermediates and club players. While I don’t think I can ever sub out another racket for my tried and true Pure Drives, I thought I would dive into some interchangable options for your guys to check out and possibly demo.blog pic

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