IART

esgee48

Legend
Can't really answer the question without you telling us what you are looking for. If you are after stringing instructions, techniques, do's and don't's, then I would think a trial membership with the USRSA is better than one with IART. If you are trying to determine if it is a requirement to become a MRT, only a test is needed and there are seminars for that. I peruse the IART site, primarily to check for grommets on older frames. You do not have to be a member to see that section nor to buy.
 

jim e

Legend
Is the content on IART worth the $49 a year?
https://gssalliance.com/
I am a member of both IART and USRSA. Both are decent organizations, the IART places a nominal fee to keep bogus posters like the few posters on this site that gives poor information like their techniques of reusing string tying a knot in middle, or only restringing a half racquet, and oddities as such. The IART is run by one of the original members of the Wilson string team, and other world class stringers posting there.If you are a member you can even pick up your phone and call Tim with just about any serious question. They also run a stringers symposium where you can go and string and mingle with some of the world's top slam stringers, and learn more as you go along.
Nothing wrong with getting the most information you can, especially from a reputable organization with reputable stringers. No matter what you have learned along the way stringing, there is always something more you can learn.
 

Tim Strawn

New User
There hasn’t been an IART symposium since 2016.
Correct and for a very good reason. I brought that symposium to life, organized it and ran it for 10 years. That takes a lot of energy and time and I needed a break to recharge my batteries and reassess my situation. When you step up like that you put yourself on the line and you better be ready to take whatever comes your way, both negative and positive. You find that no matter the effort and quality put forth you just can't please everyone.

The IART is not affiliated with the USRSA. The USRSA was always invited to the symposium and welcome to host seminars and test applicants, which they did. My seminar leaders often helped with the testing because many of them were USRSA testers so it was a professional courtesy to offer such an arrangement to them. People who perceive the IART as being in direct competition with the USRSA are misguided and assume things, the majority of which are not even remotely close to being factual.

I'm still working with the IART website and as Jim e said, I'm always available to answer questions. There is no longer a contact number listed because I was receiving spam and marketing calls on a daily basis so unfortunately, I had to remove it. However, I can be easily reached by using the contact form and I typically respond within 24 hours. With nearly 30 years of experience I rarely have a problem answering a question, am more than happy to help and if I don't have the answer I have a multitude of colleagues within the industry I can consult with to find the answer.

So yes kkm, no symposium since 2016 and now you know why. Will there be another one? Impossible to know at this time but if there is, you are more than welcome to attend.
 

Geoff

Hall of Fame
@Tim Strawn was always very helpful and courteous to me. I have friends that went to the IART symposiums and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Unfortunately I was never able to make it work for myself but the topics were great and covered a lot of different areas in stringing and customization. Tim did a great job in securing the leading authorities in the tennis world to speak each year.
 

MAX PLY

Hall of Fame
^^^Definitely, IART is useful too. Tim is fantastic. My only regret is he no longer has his on-line store (My GSS starting clamp is still my favorite!).
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
@MAX PLY - amen to that! The GSS starting clamp is also my favorite. For background, I have two Babolat's (one new and one blue handled), a Gamma, and I had an RAB which I gave away. That GSS clamp is my all-time favorite.
 

kkm

Professional
Correct and for a very good reason. I brought that symposium to life, organized it and ran it for 10 years. That takes a lot of energy and time and I needed a break to recharge my batteries and reassess my situation. When you step up like that you put yourself on the line and you better be ready to take whatever comes your way, both negative and positive. You find that no matter the effort and quality put forth you just can't please everyone.

The IART is not affiliated with the USRSA. The USRSA was always invited to the symposium and welcome to host seminars and test applicants, which they did. My seminar leaders often helped with the testing because many of them were USRSA testers so it was a professional courtesy to offer such an arrangement to them. People who perceive the IART as being in direct competition with the USRSA are misguided and assume things, the majority of which are not even remotely close to being factual.

I'm still working with the IART website and as Jim e said, I'm always available to answer questions. There is no longer a contact number listed because I was receiving spam and marketing calls on a daily basis so unfortunately, I had to remove it. However, I can be easily reached by using the contact form and I typically respond within 24 hours. With nearly 30 years of experience I rarely have a problem answering a question, am more than happy to help and if I don't have the answer I have a multitude of colleagues within the industry I can consult with to find the answer.

So yes kkm, no symposium since 2016 and now you know why. Will there be another one? Impossible to know at this time but if there is, you are more than welcome to attend.
Hello Tim, I wrote that there has not been a symposium since 2016 (as a fact, not as a criticism) as a reply to this part of Jim E’s post:

“They also run a stringers symposium where you can go and string and mingle with some of the world's top slam stringers, and learn more as you go along.”
 

Tim Strawn

New User
Hello Tim, I wrote that there has not been a symposium since 2016 (as a fact, not as a criticism) as a reply to this part of Jim E’s post:

“They also run a stringers symposium where you can go and string and mingle with some of the world's top slam stringers, and learn more as you go along.”
I never took it as criticism so no worries. There are always a lot of assumptions bantered about so I thought it best to clear the air before the rumor mill got going full speed.
 

Tim Strawn

New User
@MAX PLY - amen to that! The GSS starting clamp is also my favorite. For background, I have two Babolat's (one new and one blue handled), a Gamma, and I had an RAB which I gave away. That GSS clamp is my all-time favorite.
That clamp was the best one I could source. I had several and they all went out to people I knew who worked at major events. I asked them to test them thoroughly knowing they would be used in the most demanding situations. I settled on a starting clamp based on their feedback and on my own personal testing. I was disappointed about having to close that store but suppliers were demanding larger orders and that made it difficult and really left me with no choice. I still have a few things left but unfortunately, no starting clamps. If you're in need of tools you can PM me and I'll tell you what I have available.
 

Wikky

Rookie
Tim and IART are the reason I'm stringing at tournament events to this day.

Speaking of which @Tim Strawn still selling tools? I need to pick some things up before February.
 

Tim Strawn

New User
Tim and IART are the reason I'm stringing at tournament events to this day.

Speaking of which @Tim Strawn still selling tools? I need to pick some things up before February.
Want to be clear here....I'm only selling select tools that remain in inventory after the IART store was closed. I'm rarely on here so I don't know the protocol for how to get in touch with you
 
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