Anthony Taverna

Jupiter, Florida

USPTA Elite Pro and Master Racquet Technician

561-847-6954​​ 

Anthony.jupitertennis@gmail.com

The Importance of Racquet Stringing

The way a racquet is strung can have a profound effect on how you play. Stringing can also have a strong influence on protecting one’s elbow, shoulder, wrist and forearm. After all, it’s your strings that come in direct contact with the ball!

There is no one string or tension that is best for every racquet and playing style – much the same as there is not one racquet that is perfect for all players.  There are many types of strings and each one is designed to affect performance in some way.   Variable to consider would be, power, control, spin feel, durability, tension maintenance and shock absorption.  Most strings also are available in different thicknesses, or gauges.

Injury Prevention

Many students and customers have alleviated arm pain just by restringing their racquet!  Of course many factors can contribute to arm pain including the racquet itself, stringing, stroke mechanics and many other outside variables.  If you are experiencing arm pain, please contact me to evaluate all of the above factors and get your arm back into great shape

How Often

The United States Racquet Stringers Association standards are as follows:  Restring the number of times you play in a week, each year, with a minimum of every 6 months. So, for example, if you play 3 times per week then restring 3 times per year, or every 4 months.  Strings lose both tension and resiliency with time, amount of play and stroke type.  Loss of string tension normally leads to loss of control.  So if you are hitting balls out that would normally go in …don’t be too tough on yourself.  Restring!

Resiliency, is the strings ability to “bounce back” into it’s original shape and power level.  Loss of resiliency leads to loss of power and translates into a “thud” sound rather than a “pop” sound. There is other criteria that come into play, such as spin, speed, head size, string pattern, etc.

Choosing Your Perfect Racquet

VIP Tennis begins with a brief interview process to create your player profile. Next, we consider what you need from your next racquet compared to the current one. Now, final variables are considered such as price preference, arm protection, growth potential and more. We are now ready to recommend specific models to purchase. If needed, demo models are available to narrow down the search. VIP Tennis play-tests all models to ensure expert, professional recommendations.

Specific, affordable solutions are available for beginner and infrequent players.

Perfection through Stringing & Customization

You may now have the ideal “frame”, the way the frame is strung and customized is what really makes it perfect for you. Recent breakthroughs in string technology have given professionals the ability to create a signature string bed for every player.

Customization – because stock frames don’t always cut it

Racquet manufacturers produce specific models, each one having its own weight, balance, head size, length and stiffness. The hope is that each model with be suited to a targeted group of players. For example; you may be a beginner. Manufacturers may influence you to purchase an oversize, lightweight racquet. But what if you need the larger head but you are strong enough to handle a heavier racquet? Or visa versa

And consider, what are the chances that one racquet model is perfectly suited for a particular level?

With precise weight and balance customization, most players experience a boost in performance above and beyond the stock version.

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How Often Should You Restring?

[Perfect Racquet of Avon, CT was the official stringer for the World Team Tennis franchise Hartford Foxforce. I had the privaledge of stringing racquets for Marty Fish, Meghan Shaughnessy, Liza Huber, Don Johnson and many other top 200 touring pros.]

Perfect Racquet of Avon, CT was the official stringer for the World Team Tennis franchise Hartford Foxforce. I had the privaledge of stringing racquets for Marty Fish, Meghan Shaughnessy, Liza Huber, Don Johnson and many other top 200 touring pros.

The United States Racquet Stringers Association standards are as follows:Restring the number of times you play in a week, each year, with a minimum of every 6 months
So, for example, if you play 3 times per week then restring 3 times per year, or every 4 months.
WHY…?
* Strings lose both tension and resiliency with time, weather conditions, storage conditions and of course play.
Loss of string tension normally leads to loss of control.  So if you are hitting balls out that would normally go in …don’t be too tough on yourself.  Restring!
Resiliency, is the strings ability to “bounce back” into it’s original shape and power level.  Loss of resiliency leads to loss of power and translates into a “thud” sound rather than a “pop” sound.
* Obviously, there are other criteria that come into play, including:
Singles vs doubles play
Racquet head speed
spin
surface
arm health
sensitivity to loss of performance
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Tennis Elbow Anyone?

Do you have soreness on or around your elbow that has lasted for 2 weeks or more?  If so, you are among the thousands of tennis players nation wide that suffers from tennis elbow.  Nearly one half of all tennis players will suffer from this condition at some point.

What is tennis elbow?

Referred to as “lateral epicondylitis” by the medical field, tennis elbow is a painful condition where the epicondyle tendon that attaches to the elbow and helps control the wrist and fingers is inflamed. (Tendons are strong bands of tissue at the end of a muscle that connect muscles to bone)

What causes tennis elbow?

Repeated stress or overuse of the forearm muscle can lead to the inflammation of the epicondyle tendon. Interestingly, tennis is only one of many activities that can cause tennis elbow.  Once symptoms begin, however, regardless of the initial cause, tennis players must take necessary steps to ensure that hitting the tennis ball does not cause further damage to the tendon.

Tennis Elbow & your racquet

Impact shock, racquet vibration and torque are transferred to the arm at varying levels every time you strike the ball.  It is these forces that irritate the tendon.  Your racquet’s stiffness, weight, balance, length and grip all contribute to how effective shock, vibration and torque will be minimized. **

Also since it is your strings that come in direct contact with the ball, the stringing of your racquet is a critical component of an arm friendly racquet.  String composition, tension and gauge should be carefully chosen as to provide the best balance between shock absorption and ball control.

** Improper stroke mechanics can also greatly contribute to arm pain.  You can make an appointment to have your strokes analyzed.Type your paragraph here.