Not a Warehouse, Depot or a Superstore. Tennis Menace however, has a greater selection of Racquets, Strings, Grips, Grommets & Accessories, than any Warehouse or Superstore. Tennis Menace provides personal service second to none. Whether on the phone or via an e-mail, your contact with Tennis Menace is always direct to the owner, Howard Matthews. Only Tennis Menace is open (365 Days a Year) from 8:00 AM until Midnight, Eastern Time! A 25 year USRSA Master Racquet Technician, with over 43 years of stringing experience. I alone deal with all customers. In this way, you're not being taken care of by an order taker or a customer service representative reading from a script, who's more than likely clueless, but the owner. It's my reputation which is on the line, each and every time I converse with you, or take on the responsibility of filling your order. I alone do all of the work on the racquets. Each & every one of them are treated with the highest level of care possible. It means that I do not rush the stringing your racquet, taking the time to ensure that each one will play to it's maximum potential, & that the strings won't loosen or break prematurely. Not only are shortcuts never taken, but I purposely string racquets very slowly & purposely to make sure that the strings remain consistant for a significantly longer period of time, than what one would expect from a normal run of the mill string job. If I provide you with a better playing racquet, & strings that outpreform what you normally are used to getting from others, you will of course recommend Tennis Menace to your friends, & relatives. Why do most string jobs fall short? Easy Answer! Employees tend look out only for themselves, so how much care can one imagine they would ever put into how they string your racquet? They are usually paid by the racquet, so the faster, & thus more poorly they string, the more money they will make. That's a huge incentive for them, but one that works against you! Who am I? You'll find Tennis Menace on ebay, ID "racquets-r-us" along with an impecable feedback score.
With only a relatively small number of highly experienced and competent Racquets Stringers available worldwide, there are limited choices, as to where to get one's racquets strung, if expecting them to play to their fullest potential! Just as possession of "Hammer & Nails" has never insured that someone is really an experienced carpenter, possesion or access to a Stringing Machine & Strings, doesn't insure that someone knows how to string properly. How can players expect their racquets will play to their maximum potential, with no damage done to the racquets & with strings that will last & play with consistency over a long period of time, if strung by incompetents? It's thus in your best interest, if you insist your racquets are strung only by someone who's proven themselves as highly competent over dacades. It's a sad fact that Tennis Shops often hire tennis groupies, or teenagers, to string, paying them on a per-racquet basis, rather than a salary. This per-racquet system encourages racquets being strung as quickly as possible. The faster racquets get strung, the more money stringers makes & the lower the ultimate quality. Would any rational Tennis Player want their racquet stringing done under such conditions? I don't believe so. Even if a store does have a competent stringer, is he the owner, with an interest in making sure all of the racquets get strung properly and to the highest performance level possible? When an owner does all of the stringing, he's putting his reputation on the line. If he messes up, he risks losing customers, & word getting out about that customers displeasure. Thus, he logically should always do the best possible job, as it's in his best interest to do so, for his own financial stability.
Even if you have your racquet strung by someone who is trying to do the best job they can, that still doesn't assure you're getting the best possible string job. Consider, just as Doctors becomes more seasoned with time on the job, so does a racquet stringer. Any artisan learns by experience over time, becoming more & more adept at his craft, as the years go by. Fnding out how long a prospective stringer has been stringing, may be of significant importance. Just ask.
Prior to stringing any racquet, whether brand new, or one that's been used, it's imperative that the racquet be carefully checked, to make sure that it does not have hidden issues that interfere with proper stringing. Although rare, sometimes racquets have manufacturing defects that could easily go overlooked to the inexperienced eye. The possibility of issues increases the more times a racquet has been strung, how much use it has been subjected to, and the conditions it was stored in while not in use. Structural defects are not always easily visible, or visible at all. Thus there is all the more need to have someone with an engineering background doing the inspection. Stringing is both a science and an art, & removing strings from a racquet must be done in a particular way, or one risks racquet damage. After the strings have been removed, the next step is a closeup examination of the grommets under a high power loupe, to make sure that the grommets will do the job they were designed for, protecting the strings from any sharp edges of each of the drilled holes & protecting the racquet from being damaged by the tensioned strings, which can cut like a knife. Inspection via the naked eye is not accurate, but that's how it's normally done (if at all) by most! Then grommets can be repaired or replaced entirely, depending upon the level of wear, & once done, the racquet can then safely be strung. Many stringers will insist that there's only one right way to string a specific racquet. That the manufacturers provide their own designated methods, that must be followed & that's how it must be done. If you will settle for the "Norm" that's a no brainer, but if you desire your racquet to perform on the cutting edge level, there are advanced methods that can be used to accomplish that goal.
Tennis Menace's newest service is our Racquet M.D. Mobile Pro Shop Vehicle. A climate controlled RV containing a full selection of over 500 varieties of tennis string & grips, along with all of our State of the Art Equipment, including a Babolat Racquet Diagnostic Center (RDC), a state of the art piece of technology that one rarely finds in most run of the mill tennis shops. Eliminating most of the hassle of getting your racquet stringing done. Now it's no longer necessary to travel twice, to both drop off & again to pick up your racquets. In fact, you may not have to travel at all, as I can bring the entire Pro Shop to you. Whether your residence, office, or the courts, Racquet M.D. can string racquets While-U-Wait, usually in under an hour. Add to that my Almost Never Closed Policy & getting service for your racquets has never been so incredibly easy or such a time saving endeavour. Obviously you may also come to the Duluth location if you prefer! Please note that additional fee's will apply for mobile service on location. Internet prices may not always be valid for on site purchases!
With hundreds of strings marketed, with claims such as "Best Playing", "Longest Lasting", "More Spin", "Tennis Elbow Relief", Who do you trust? Do you trust what is printed on the string package? Do you ask the Stringer? Neither may produce positive results. Manufactures are free to make any claims they care to, with almost total impunity. Many stringers have little to no formal education in subjects such as "Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics". Actually, many stringers are not even college educated, with little if any scientific competence in these subject areas, which are so critical to dealing with the multitude of issues that face tennis players. Howard Matthews, the owner with 43+ years of experiance in Racquet Sports Sales & Service & 25 year "Master Racquet Technician" has a B.S. from the City University of N.Y. and prior to that, attended the prestigious Brooklyn Technical High School. The Science's were the core areas of study at both of these institutions. Only someone with such knowledge is capable of sorting through all the hype and false claims, providing an accurate & unbiased explanation of how strings differ in their performance, comfort, durability & longevity, in a real world scenario! Players constantly ask "Why does my racquet feel different today, than it did when I last played with it a week ago?" The answer has to do with "Plasticity". Tennis strings have both Elasticity & Plasticity. Elasticity is the ability of any material to stretch, like a rubber band, but come back to it's original length, without it's becoming deformed or (Permanently Stretching). Plasticity is the ability of any material to elongate if it is subjected to force, without breaking into pieces. Silly Putty is a classic example. If you exceed a material's plastic limit, or in other words, when you exceed it's tensile strength, it breaks apart. The speed of the deformation does play a role in the ability of a material to exhibit plasticity. The faster it is stretched, the quicker it will break. How do these two material characteristics apply to tennis string? An ideal tennis string will be extremely elastic. Thus it would be capable of absorbing all the energy present at ball impact & releasing most of said energy back into the ball. Unfortunately materials that exhibit substantial elasticity also exhibit significant plasticity. With each ball impact the static length of all tennis strings becomes somewhat longer. It is the definition of "somewhat" that creates all the problems with tennis strings. Thus the (ratio of elasticity to plasticity) becomes an all important figure & it will differ, based upon the material a string is made of, as well as the specific manufacturing method used to make the string. This is why definative knowledge of a strings elasticity & plasticity is of utmost importance in the determination of which string is best for a specific player.
We charge $24.95 in addition to the listed price of any of the over 500 strings listed on the
site's extensive String Page. We also offer higher tiers of stringing service for our extra demanding players.
Ask for additional info. We will install any of the grips listed on our site's Grip Page, for an additional
$1.00 over the grip's price. Our exclusive the Tennis Menace Gummi Grips or Sorbothane Grips, include their
installation in the listed prices. If necessary, we can replace any worn Grommets/Bumper Guard Systems prior
to stringing your racquets.
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We charge $24.95 in addition to the listed price of any of the over 500 strings listed on the site's extensive String Page. We also offer higher tiers of stringing service for our extra demanding players. Ask for additional info. We will install any of the grips listed on our site's Grip Page, for an additional $1.00 over the grip's price. Our exclusive the Tennis Menace Gummi Grips or Sorbothane Grips, include their installation in the listed prices. If necessary, we can replace any worn Grommets/Bumper Guard Systems prior to stringing your racquets.
As we discussed previously, there are often a number of methods of stringing a racquet, some approved by racquet manufacturers while others are not. I have developed a series extremely radical stringing methods that go far beyond the commonly known ones. These propriatory methods can dramaticaly change the way a racquet plays, adding or reducing power, reducing the amount of shock generated, or changing the length of time a specific string may stay in one piece, or hold tension. One of our competitors offers a method called "Proportional Stringing". This method of stringing a frame's individual strings at varying tensions, according to their lengths has 1 major flaw that seems to have been overlooked. Any 2 adjacent strings which are tensioned to different tensions, will soon equalize to an average tension, somewhere between the original differing tensions. Thus the desired effects of proportional stringing, an equally deflecting stringbed with a larger sweet spot are short lived. My propriatary stringing methods do not use varied string tensions, but produce the same final results, with no deterioration over time! Additionally Tennis Menace is able to assure you that our stringings will significantly outlast the competitions, both in DURABILITY as well as in LONGEVITY due to a Newly Acquired Apparatus that greatly reduces the damage normally done to all strings during the normal act of stringing. Yes it takes longer for us to achieve these superior results, but we have learned that a Rushed String Job consistantly results in a Poor String Job. Lastly, ask about a new product we have developed called STRING JUICE, an undetectable String Lubricant that adds additional SPIN to your strings, & also increases their durability compared to the same string left untreated.
Tennis Menace is a proud owner of the Babolat Racquet Diagnostic Center (RDC), which allows us to take extremely accurate measurements of a racquet spec's, such as weight, swing weight, balance, frame & stringbed stiffness. This wonderful piece of equipment helps us to make delicate adjustments to racquets that are not performing correctly, or that may need to be modified to make them play like another racquet of the same type, that may be playing differently! It also aids in making direct comparisons between different racquets, which may help in a customers final racquet choice.
All racquet grip sizes can be increased. Some, but not all can be made smaller. Grip shape & length
can also be changed. Special shock absorbing materials can be installed under grips that can reduce the shock that gets through to the arm as well as reducing fatigue from extended play times. Dealing with sweaty hands, which lead to slippage problems, can be solved by grip material choice. Tennis Menace offers the largest selection of grips anywhere, including a huge selection of Leather grips, such as Fairway.
See our page on TENNIS ELBOW, where you'll find out about finally getting relief.
Rossignol, Yamaha, Kneissl, Donnay, Puma, or an old or current model from today's makers, Tennis Menace either has it in stock or can probably get it from one of our partners around the world.
Our SECURE ONLINE ORDER FORM & our FAQ page list our specific policies pertaining to placing orders with Tennis Menaceus. The cost of shipping & handling is not specified on the site. Each order requires a determination of these costs based upon the items being shipped, the location shipped to & the method of shipping required to get it to you. Methods of payment accepted; inside and outside the U.S. are listed on the bottom of every product page. Also see our F.A.Q. Frequently Asked Questions page.
TENNIS MENACE has in all likelyhood, the worlds largest selection of Tennis Racquets. Specializing in racquets from the past, & have an extensive selection of both new & used racquets, many of which you thought you would never again be able to find. (See our Racquets Page)
TENNIS MENACE stocks what we believe is the worlds largest selection of racquets strings. Every available variety, in all the gauges & colors, including many discontinued varieties that long ago become impossible to find anywhere else. (See our String Page)
TENNIS MENACE has GROMMETS for practically every Tennis Racquet ever made. Even those Impossible to Find ones, you've been told are not available anywhere! Tennis Menace is the only remaining distributor of "Donnay SA of Belgium" Grommets.
TENNIS MENACE HAS AN EXTENSIVE SELECTION of LEATHER TENNIS GRIPS. FAIRWAY/BALMFORTH, NUEMANN, PRINCE, BABOLAT, HEAD, WILSON, GAMMA, VOLKL, "NOTHING FEELS, PLAYS OR LASTS QUITE LIKE A GENUINE FAIRWAY CALFSKIN GRIP!" Check out our extensive "Old School" Leather Grip selection!
SORBOTHANE GRIP SYSTEM, is now sold EXCLUSIVELY by Tennis Menace. Sorbothane can best be described as what a Dr. Scholl's Gel insole is made of, a Viscoelastic Polymer. The Sorbothane Grip System has no competition when it comes to reducing shock at the grip, before it enters the arm, reducing Tennis Elbow Injuries. Find it on our Grips Page. There are fake Sorbothane Grip System products being sold on ebay, easily spotted as they don't look like a Tennis Grip and are Black as shown in the ebay pictures. The REAL Sorbothane Grip System utilizes a Blue Undergrip, which is wrapped onto a racquet's handle, just like any other grip, and then covered with an Overgrip. Like other replacement grips, it has an ADHESIVE backing with a peel off wax paper strip. Don't be fooled into buying an unbranded product masquerading as Sorbothane. If it does not look like this, & come in a Sorbothane branded package it's a fake.
GUMMI GRIP is a revolutionary over grip product unlike anything else you've ever experienced. Made of surgical grade silicone rubber, GUMMI GRIP has the most tacki surface of any grip available. All other grip products wear out, sooner or later. They lose their tack, rip and tear, or just get dirty to the point of being useless. These problems are all virtually eliminated with the GUMMI GRIP. Cleaning the grip with ISOPROPYL (RUBBING ALCOHOL) 90% or 99% will maintain its tackiness, while it will outlast any other overgrip by 50X or more. The added feature of being able to move GUMMI GRIP from one racquet to another, over and over, further separates this amazing product from the rest of the pack of available overgrips. GUMMI GRIP is non absorbent. It cannot become saturated with moisture. Thus the problem of a soaking wet grip will not occur. Individuals with extremely sweaty palms will need to wipe their hand off or use a sport specific "hand anti-perspirant". (see below)
STRING JUICE enhances the amount of spin you are able to produce with almost any string, as well as improving the durability, compared to the same string not treated with String Juice. It's most effective on smooth surfaced strings, Poly's, Polypropylene's, and Ashaway's Monogut ZX's, although it will also work quite well on all traditional Synthetic Guts & Nylon's. It can't be used with Natural Guts. TRY SOME TODAY!
TENNIS MENACE specializes in relieving your TENNIS ELBOW ISSUES once and for all. See our dedicated TENNIS ELBOW page for all the details on how we accomplish this miracle.
TENNIS MENACE offers a full line of battery operated, rechargeable Ball Machines, from Tennis Tutor. New & used machines are available, & the selection is constantly changing.
TENNIS MENACE is buying! In addition to classic frames from the past, we will also consider any supplyply of racquets, string, grips or grommets you may have on hand.
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