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Racquet Stringing: String Checklist

To make sure your string selection covers all of your customers’ needs, use our checklist, and tools at

By Bob Patterson

With more than a thousand strings available, it can be a daunting task to choose a good selection to stock for your business. You want to have the right product to be able to help your customers choose the string that will maximize their performance on the court. To make sure you provide your customers with a great selection, our checklist can help.

If a customer requests a string you don’t have in stock, use the String Selector Tool on to see if you have a string in your inventory with very similar specs. If not, then special order. Take note of such requests and consider adding to your inventory if there is sufficient demand.

How to Increase Your Stringing Biz

Want to increase a customer’s stringing frequency? Institute a string-bed monitoring system.

Checking string bed deflection or dynamic tension and recording it after each string job will allow you to show the customer the tension loss and resulting energy loss from the strings over time and use. When you show them the “numbers,” it is easy to convince them to restring when it is needed, rather than waiting for a predetermined restring date — or for the string to break.

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About the Author

Bob Patterson , the founder of the RacquetMAXX customization service, is a Master Racquet Technician with more than 20 years of experience. He was RSI's Stringer of the Year in 2005. He is Executive Director for the U.S. Racquet Stringers Association.



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