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    Venmo Tax Reporting - Stringing Services

    Yikes, I just saw this on CNN and was not aware this was coming down the pike.... https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/09/success/payment-app-tax-reporting-feseries/index.html
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    Winter Arctic Tennis Balls

    I am all set for "real tennis balls" to get me through the Fall and perhaps into the Spring as I have over 2 cases of Wilson US Open Extra Duty Balls in my basement. That said I need to prep for winter tennis and I need some help in identifying a suitable case of tennis balls for that...
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    String Comparison Tool Outage

    Heads up: When attempting to run the String Comparison Tool I am getting an error: Connect Failed: Too many connections. It looks like something needs to be reset. Thanks
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    Ivan Lendl Pattern - Is it Possible Fixed Clamps & 2 Starting Clamps?

    I performed a search and could not locate a thread on this. I tried to revive an old thread from 9 years ago but was worried no one would see it as it was in the wrong area. I have been stringing a lot of Wilson Clash Racquets with Duraflex and Cyclone lately and they are screaming at me for a...
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    Wide Tennis Shoes?

    My feet and back asked me to ask this question.... All my tennis shoes are so worn down the only thing protecting my feet are a second pair of socks. It is really getting pretty bad, especially for wide feet, just wondering if you have any sense on when shipments will arrive? Thanks for all...
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    Prince Dome Plate

    I have an old Prince O3 White laying around that is 4 3/8 grip I would like to fix up and use. I am going to build up the grip to 4 1/2. It is also missing it's dome plate on the bottom of the handle. TW only sells the 4 1/8 and the 4 5/8. Do you think I should by the smaller and have a gap...
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    String Options for Burn 100CV

    A good friend asked me to restring his Wilson Burn 100 CV racquets for him. He is about 6'5", a pretty decent flat hitting dubs player, and very quick/good at the net. He plays about 3-4 times a week during the winter and more frequently during the summer. About 10 years ago he had 2 bouts...
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    Tennis University Tools Not Working

    Hi: I just went to run the string comparison tool and it appears like all the tools are down. I am running Safari on both my MacBook and iPhone. Thanks
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    Tubed Anchor String for Bottom Cross

    A buddy dropped off a racquet to restring and I noticed that the previous stringer had tubed the anchor string for the bottom cross and then brought the bottom cross into the grommet outside the tubing and tied off. This was done as the the grommet had been enlarged by overuse. This is an old...
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    Pleasanton California - Tennis Instruction for Young Junior

    My little sister has decided to pick up her roots and move to California. Her husband has accepted a new position in the tech industry. I have had little success encouraging my nieces and nephews to play this great sport except for my little sister's youngest boy. He is 10 and has been taking...
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    Racquet is Haunted

    One of my son's Blade CV 16x19 racquets is haunted. He has multiple racquets and plays with Lux 4G 16L at 53#s. One of the racquets consistently comes off the machine at around 42#s and feedback is that it is too loose. We are heading out of town shortly and I strung 3 of his racquets and...
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    When Frozen USTA Rankings/UTR are Unfrozen

    My son had accumulated a good bit of USTA ranking points and also his UTR was heading up before the pandemic and they froze things. Does anyone know what the process will be when the USTA unfreezes the rankings. The Junior rankings are the top 6 years over a sliding 1 year scale so let's...
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    RacquetTune Question

    I was thinking about RacquetTune the other day and how they have the user enter the number of mains/crosses and the area of the racquet face and I am wondering if other than for racquet stiffness calculations these parameters do not come into play when it records tension. I am wondering if the...
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    What is Acceptable Durability in a Setup?

    The father of a tournament kid in our area plays with a Head Speed Mid Plus. He is a 3.0. His kid plays with RPM so of course he was using it too. He approached me to string his racquet and I told him for his level of play I think he can do better. I set him up with a hybrid of Prince...
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    Tennis As We Get Older - Tips for Improving/Maintaining Reflexes

    Being stuck in the house I have been thinking about what I can do to improve my play and am wondering if you have any tips / drills. I would call myself more of an athlete than a tennis player and I prefer doubles. I used to be one of those guys that drives people nuts at the net as I could...
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    Head Speed MPA

    An acquaintance left his Head Speed MPA on my back deck last night. He indicates he hits exclusively with his son and asked if I could help him. I am wondering if prior to removing the old strings application of a new product containing 80% ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and glycerine would...
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    String Pattern

    Hi: With all the craziness going on I have been lucky enough to start a new project that will be fun! Do any of you happen to have the string pattern for this? Also, what do you recommend I put in it? I have OGSM and Sensation which I suspect has been around a while but can shop for...
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    Tips for Restringing a Prince Triple Threat

    A guy that lives by me asked if I could restring a racquet for him. I said "Sure no problem"... Famous last words!!!! He dropped off a Prince Triple Threat. I found the stringing pattern out here in an old post but if you don't mind resharing that and any tips for me before I set out on this...
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    Scrap String - Rules when to Ditch vs. Toss

    Sorry... I meant Ditch vs. Keep... ---------------------------------------------- I am sure I am gong to get a variety of opinions but might as well ask. I went downstairs and decided to clean up my stringing area. I had 17 foot remnants from reels of this string and 16 foot remnants of...
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    Mental Health

    A very active member of our tennis community took his life Wednesday night. Our group played tennis with him on Tuesday and he sat right next to me for drinks after. His daughter is engaged to be married this summer and his son is graduating from high school this year and attending a very...
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    Tool for Trimming the Top of Base Grip

    I was replacing the base grip on my friends racquet and it reminded me to post a question on this forum. What tool do you use to cut / trim the top of the base grip? I have tried a scissors and it is not strong enough to cut the grip. I have tried my string cutters and they just get all...
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    Wilson Bottom Up Stringing Instructions

    I was just wondering if I can seek guidance on the best approach for restringing some Wilson Racquets where the manufacturer specifies a bottom up approach. A friend dropped of a Wilson Juice 108 for me to restring last night. I forgot that I had previous issues as far as how to restring her...
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    Gut - Temperature / Humidity Impact

    Over the winter I switched from Volkl Cyclone Tour (VCT) to NGW Uncoated Gut/Cream at 47/44. I have had multiple wrist/elbow surgeries so I string at as low a tension as I can go and feel I have control. I really enjoyed the setup this winter. Now that it is summer I bumped the tension to...
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    PPC, NXT Control, NXT Comfort - Stiffness Values on Comparison Tool

    I am confused by the stiffness values I am seeing on the String Comparison Tool for Prince Premier Control, NXT Comfort, and NXT Control and I am wondering if I am miss-interpreting these values or the intent of these strings or perhaps there is a wrong value for NXT Comfort in the tool. I...
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    FB Poly vs. Hybrid - Evaluating String Bed Stiffness

    A friend of mine is a solid 4.5 1,2 singles USTA player that hits with a Volkl V1 Classic racquet. Last fall was the last time I saw him play and he was using Luxilon Element. Sometime over the winter he switched to 4G at 52 lbs and developed arm issues and had taken some time off. He reached...
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    Cut the Cable!!!

    Our DirectTV subscription is expiring. With it we get the Tennis Channel and also we get all the courts at Majors. That being said we really need to cut the cable. I would say 99% of our TV Watching is: - The Tennis Channel - CNN - ESPN, ESPN2, etc. - Local Sports Channel (For local...
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    Restringing Wilson Hammer 6.2 T

    Hi: I played mixed dubs Friday night and a friend gave me his Wilson Hammer 6.2 T's to restring. I thought it would be a straightforward Gosen OGSM Restring. I tried 2 piece with a Yonnex Loop on the mains. When I get to the bottom it is a bear trying to get the last cross into the grommet...
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    When to Buy Racquets

    After a long search my 15 1/2 year old has finally settled on a racquet / string setup. It has taken a long time of demoing racquets / restringing / Tungsten Tape / try out / restring / take back, etc. He also needed to take breaks for the high school season and bigger tournaments. He tried...
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    RacquetTune String Factor for Tourna Big Hitter Silver 17G

    I just purchased some Tourna Big Hitter Silver 17G (Not Rough but Smooth version) to try in Hybrids with Gosen OGSM 16G. I can’t seem to locate a RacquetTune String Factor for this string in the RacquetTune DB or out here on Talk Tennis. I hope this is not a bad sign that my experiment with...
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    New Web Site

    Now the web site is too spread out and is trimming the Avitar's on the left and the info on the right. When I zoom out on my browser things just get more spread out and when I zoom the other way things get worse. If there was a complaint that there was too much dead space on the sides before...
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