Head Tour Team Combi Bag
The Tour Team series of five bags features the new Climate Control Technology that Head says adds stability to the temperature within select pockets. The company says that racquets stored in pockets with CCT have a lower risk of damage due to temperature fluctuations. The Head Tour Team Combi bag shown features two racquet compartments for four to six racquets, a large outside compartment and end handle for easy carrying. There’s also a separate shoe bag and an MP3 and mobile phone pouch with headphone outlet. The Tour Team Combi retails for $45; prices for other bags range from $40 to $85.
Contact 800-289-7366 or www.head.com.
The concept behind Caviro USA’s new Visor Buff is to offer the same performance fabrics you find in apparel for gear you wear on your head. The Visor Buff has a neoprene visor with a microfiber fabric tail, which, according to the manufacturer, manages moisture, offers evaporative cooling in the heat, and blocks the wind and insulates when it’s cold — in addition to protecting from the sun. The tail can be styled about a dozen different ways: as a hat, headband, neck gaiter, balaclava, bandana, scarf and more. They retail for $18.50 each.
Contact 307-734-7575 or www.buff.us.
Sole Custom Footbeds
Sole Custom Footbeds allow your members to customize their shoes without resorting to expensive orthotics. Consumers simply pre-heat the oven in their kitchen to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, place the insoles on the oven rack for a few minutes, put them in their shoes, then put the shoes on. The base layer of EVA softens in the heat, then molds to the shape of the foot and hardens as it cools. The orthotic is covered with a shock-absorbing material called “Poron” and finished with a fabric designed to wick away moisture and reduce friction. Suggested retail is $39.95.
Contact 866-235-SOLE or www.yoursole.com.
Gamma EZ Travel Cart
This lightweight cart is designed for the teaching pro who travels from site to site, and for serious players looking for a mobile ball carrier. It takes just seconds to remove the 150-ball-capacity bag, fold up the cart and put it into the carrying case (the empty bag and cart frame weigh about 11 pounds). For non-stop teaching, buy an additional bag and switch out with an empty bag on court. The zippered top holds balls in place when traveling. The cart and bag retail for $119.99; additional bags are $34.99 each.
Contact 800-333-0337 or gammasports.com.
Add fun, variety and excitement to your drills with the new “Streamers” Tailball from Oncourt Offcourt. Each ball has 20 bright green and silver streamers that are resistant to tears or tangles. For instance, in any feeding drill, periodically throw in a surprise with a Streamer ball, then give the student an extra reward for correctly hitting that ball. By the dozen, they are $24.95. By the case, five dozen are $89.95.
Contact 214-823-3078 or www.oncourtoffcourt.com.
Pro Tennis Training has come out with a device that is designed to help your members learn proper form on ground stokes and will allow them to train anytime, anywhere, without a partner. With the 26-ounce Spin Trainer, the ball hangs in a sling from the aluminum frame and helps players to work on rhythm, footwork and timing. Players can hit the ball with topspin or slice and see the result as the ball releases from the sling. The unit folds to 27 inches and fits neatly into a tennis bag. Retail price is $199.99.
Contact 949-388-2515 or www.ProTennisTraining.com.
Molding Young Athletes
Just released from Purington Press is Molding Young Athletes ($14.95), by Darrell Erickson, with a forward by Jim Baugh, the president of the Tennis Industry Association. The book targets parents and coaches of children and provides ways to help kids develop self-confidence and perseverance, deal with failure, become motivated and more — all while growing and having fun.
Contact 608-873-8723 or www.puringtonpress.com.
Maple Hardwood Clothing Rack
Add warmth to your pro shop with natural wood clothing racks that can attractively show off your apparel. The multi-use CRII-TRC-11 Tower Clothing Rack is part of a larger modular rack system. The 60-inch height allows retailers to showcase tops and bottoms efficiently. The maple hardwood is resistant to scratching and marring. The unit costs $225 and includes the two 15-inch waterfalls, top sign board and point-of-purchase sign holder, and 2-inch casters.
Contact The Conde Rack at 800-546-3155 or www.CondeRack.com.
SlingHopper Teaching Drill Bag
The new, lightweight SlingHopper Pro Bag is made of durable ripstop nylon and can hold 40 balls. The waterproof bag allows teaching pros greater mobility while feeding balls to students; pros can walk to various positions on the court and generate feeds with different trajectories, speeds and angles, while maintaining the rhythm necessary to keep the student focused. It can be used by itself or in conjunction with your current cart hopper.
Contact 954-385-1374 or www.SlingHopper.com
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