Now that all Purdue club players are gone, I need to take over

Discussion in 'Strings' started by pvaudio, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. pvaudio

    pvaudio Legend

    Jul 13, 2009
    Hey guys, there's only two other stringers in the city here, as it is, I have an extremely large amount of strings here, but I need to expand to cover all bases. I want to know what you guys think are appropriate reels to purchase. So far I have:

    Technifibre NRG2 as my go-to multi
    Gosen OG Micro 18
    Forten Sweet 17
    Gosen OG Micro 17
    Couple sets of PSGO
    Numerous polys, name brand of which is 5 sets of Lux ALU Power

    What else should I keep in good stock? This shouldn't be a hard endeavour, let me tell you as the prices are ridiculous, but I realize that most people won't know what Genesis Typhoon or Big Ace Micro are and while they're brilliant, preconceived notions are more powerful than coercive discussion. Anything else do you think that I should add to the list? I plan on conversing with each customer about their playing style to see what exactly they are looking for as well so that I can string up some Signum Pro Poly Plasma and etc.

    Note: That list is NOT a list of the reels that I own, rather it's a list of strings that a basically educated tennis player would know. I don't expect anyone to know Weisscannon Turbotwist or Genesis SpinX ;)
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2010
  2. pepka

    pepka Semi-Pro

    Jul 9, 2007
    I bet You have PHT and BC among Your polys;) I would get some head rip control, wilson nxt and excel's. Try to find some Mantis and let the people try it out. I'm sure they will be back for more. Grab some multis from TF as well (TVG, NRG-2, x3). GOOD LUCK
  3. pepka

    pepka Semi-Pro

    Jul 9, 2007
    Sorry bud i can't edit my post, since You already have nrg2 get some x-one. Again best of luck
  4. pvaudio

    pvaudio Legend

    Jul 13, 2009
    I will post a list of everything I have, but I do have a reel of PHT, but no more black code. I have head rip perfect control, and and going to buy some NXT since people know it. Any other suggestions would be excellent!
  5. dadozen

    dadozen Hall of Fame

    May 5, 2009
    I'm in Brazil, so what tennis players need and want might be so different, but here all stringers MUST have:

    Signum Pro Poly Plasma AKA The Orange One( although the players know it only as Signum Pro - they don't know that there are lots of models, such as Tornado, Hyperion, Deluxe, Pure... )

    Luxilon - as soon as people know that Federer plays it, they want it, no matter which model it is

    PHT - the string Nadal used to us

    RPM Blast - Although almost everyone doesn't know he changed strings, if someone reaches you wanting Nadal's new string, you better have it

    Well, best of luck in your business. I hope you succeed against those stringers with ridiculous prices and turnaround times.
  6. !<-_->!

    !<-_->! Professional

    Feb 21, 2004
    I'd say probably stock a 16g synthetic gut as it seems you only have the thinner variants
  7. acer4tennis

    acer4tennis Rookie

    Aug 15, 2009
    I would have these strings as well. I think, you would be a unique in your territory and by introducing these strings, you would get assurance (if they like it) that your customers come back to you year after year. Cheaper strings, but you can charged as much.
  8. pvaudio

    pvaudio Legend

    Jul 13, 2009
    Yes, I have PHT and plenty of Luxilon. I also have both SPPP and the HEX version.
  9. njsigman

    njsigman Rookie

    Aug 15, 2010
    I don't use it, but it is pretty commonplace and classic. Prince Synthetic Gut...
  10. Netspirit

    Netspirit Hall of Fame

    Jul 12, 2009
    Snoqualmie, WA
    VS team
    Tournament nylon

    Emphasize thinner gauges as the customers will come to you more often. )
  11. star 5 15

    star 5 15 Professional

    Feb 10, 2009
    Prince duralfex
    Luxilon ALU
    RPM Blast.

    Keep it simple with well known brands. I've learned this the hard way. Yeah something like GEnesis whatever might be great most people dont know that and aren't willing to change and will just go elsewhere. Keep it simple with the big names.
  12. Archmage

    Archmage New User

    Jul 16, 2010
    Why not just keep a small stock of the lesser known brands? Then certain people may be enticed to experiment, and there are bound to be a few players who have seen the names mentioned online, or who already use the niche products.

    You can consider a small quantity of:

    - Signum Pro Poly Plasma orange (local shop has this)
    - Topspin Cyberflash (My local pro-shop has Topspin strings)
    - Weisscannon Scorpion, Turbotwist, and/or Silverstring (My local shop has Scorpion and Turbotwist)
    - Solinco (Local shop also has Tour Bite and Revolution now!)
    - Genesis - why not? I've never tried them, but they have decent online exposure.

    I, too, would encourage the use of thinner gauges (17 over 16).

    This shop I'm referring to uses a Babolat 5-star machine, and charges $10-$12 for string-jobs; $5 for racquet grommet installation.

    I've seen that the following are popular choices: RPM-blast, Luxilon ALU and original, Technifibre strings (black and red-code too), NXT, synthetic guts.

    I wish the guy would stock some of the better grips:

    - Babolat skin feel
    - TW THIN leather
    - Gamma Supreme and Grip2 (thin) overgrips

    He also overcharges for tennis balls, so I noticed that those do not sell well.

    Maybe you could have a bag of the specific Agassi-favorite Rubberbands and charge 10-25 cents per RB-dampener.

    It'd be nice to keep a courtesy Balance-Board and scale at hand as well.
  13. NLBwell

    NLBwell Legend

    Jun 18, 2004
    Star 5 15 has a pretty good take.

    Only string you must have is PSGD 16 - the basic string for most people.
    TNT is a good idea for an in-between string.
    Lots of people use NXT for their multi and will want to keep it. I personally like NXT Max for a string that has some added durability if you want to stock another.
    Lux Alu for the high end poly. If you can afford to stock it, I would add PHT or RPM Blast. You could go with SPPP for a lower-cost poly.

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