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Tecnifibre Makes a Move!

Does Tecnifibre have the “answer”…again? We all know Tecnifibre for its terrific multi-filament strings that set the bar for strings of the material and construction.  Several years ago Tecnifibre introduced a string that was intended to be arm friendly to counter the increased use of very stiff string. Since that time Tecnifibre has gotten into […]

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BYOS?

Bring Your Own String! This post is a brief explanation of why we do not, normally, string a tennis racquet with string supplied by the customer. The string may not be suitable for the player or racquet. The string is not in good condition. The string package is damaged so the condition of the string […]

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Head Extreme Tour

Head is, I believe, going to expose and promote the Extreme Series to a greater extent than before. Why do I think that?  Because I am holding in my very own hands a Head Extreme Tour!  This 98 square inch racquet continues the Graphene 360+ technology which has become popular in the last several releases […]

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Know Your String!

Several years ago, when we were beginning to increase the use of Ashaway MonoGut ZX and ZX Pro, it was not unusual to get a call from a client saying, “my coach says I should not be using polyester!” We could not agree more, and you are not using polyester! You are using PEEK polymer! […]

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Weight is Your Friend!

If you have been following the Racquet Quest Podcast you know how much we rely on weight to mitigate some poor shot execution or physical issues! So, don’t be surprised if that position continues for a while!  It is majorly important now that we are beginning to play (openly) again! It is not clear to […]

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Jack is Headed to France!

Many of our readers know Jack Anthrop, but I will tell you a little about him just in case you don’t. We started working for Jack about six (6) years ago, at which time he switched to Ashaway MonoGut ZX. Since that time, Jack has progressed at a stunning rate, now with a UTR of […]

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Full Custom Racquets in Video

We want to have a discussion of “Full Custom Racquets” and this to be the best we can do at the moment! Click on  Full Custom Racquet to see the short video, and thank you for watching! We believe this is an exciting step forward in specialized tennis racquets and preparation. We are anxious to […]

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Head Graphene 360+ Gravity MP/Tecnifibre RPX

Normally our racquet reviews are when a racquet is brand new; however, this is a case where the updated string, RPX, from Tecnifibre is an excellent opportunity to add another review to the site! There are some excellent reasons to review the same racquet again with different string or tension settings.  It allows us to […]

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What is UTR?

UTR is “Universal Tennis Rating” and it is the new standard in terms of player ratings based on match play. The range is 0 to 16.6.  UTR has taken the place of the NTRP system that was sort of self-rating system.  UTR is powered by the algorithmic genii at Oracle. Guess who has the highest […]

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Tale of the Tapes!

Probably the most common “customization” on tennis racquets is the addition of weight! In most cases, that is a good thing. Weight is your friend! Weight, in this case, is confined to swing weight and of course, overall weight and the placement of that weight and the format being used. We will see two (2) […]

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Racquets Taking Off …and Racquets Crashing!

Sometimes I am surprised at how a tennis racquet will find a new life after a few years of dormancy! And of course, I am astonished at how some racquets are “finished” way before their time! The new Head Graphene 360+ Prestige is an excellent example of a racquet taking off, and the Head Adaptive […]

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Easy Order is Back!

During this period of social distancing, it is hard to have a comprehensive discussion about your tennis racquet! So, we have brought back our Easy Order form for your convenience!  Simply go to the form and give us as much information as possible.  Let us know when you can come by and we will reach […]

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The Coronavirus, You, and Tennis.

To our most valued and precious clients and friends, at this critical and ever-changing time in our country, we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. The coronavirus has caused a statewide shutdown.  Our hours will be changing to reflect this very important step toward taking control of this virus! […]

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Racquet & Tournament Management

Management is not just for adults!  Juniors that play tournaments need to have some management skills!  During this coronavirus slow down it is a good time to learn some of these management skills. We see many different management slip-ups such as no racquets for the tournament tomorrow!  All racquets have broken string and are at […]

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Head Graphene 360+ Speed PWR

I suppose you have a pretty good idea what PWR means, right?  Well, you would be correct!  The Head Graphene 360+ Speed PWR is just that at a calculated power value of 2297.5!  Compare that to the calculated power value for the Head Graphene 360+ Speed Lite of 1838.3!  Twenty percent (20%) more powerful than […]

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Head Graphene 360+ Speed MP Lite

The Head Graphene 360+ Speed MP Lite may be the perfect racquet for a player looking for a thin(er) beam, 100 square inch head size, slightly lighter than most MP racquets! As you will see in the specifications this racquet is about 28 grams (1 ounce) lighter than the MP model, and, just a little […]

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Head Graphene 360+ Speed Series Comparison

Head has included six (6) racquets in the new Graphene 360+ Speeds series!  It is important, I think, to know what the difference is, and, it is not always easy to compare racquets. So, here is a comparison spreadsheet and graph that will give you an overview of the entire lineup.  I have included “string […]

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Head Graphene 360+ Speed S

I think we all know what “Pro and MP” mean but what about “S”?  I am not sure, so we are going to call it “Special”! The Speed S is indeed special and probably one of the best all-around racquets for 2020!  You will see by the specs why this may be the case but […]

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Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro

This is the “PRO est” of the new Speed series because it says so right on the tip of the racquet and it carries an 18×20 string pattern, so there! However, do not be intimidated by the “Pro” label!  You will see by the specifications that this is a racquet that can be used by […]

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Head Graphene 360+ Speed Mid Plus

The new(est) model of the very popular Graphene 360+ Speed series racquet is available NOW, so get up to “speed” by taking a look at the specifications for a strung racquet and the series comparison data. The major difference between this and the previous version is the “flipping” of the colors! What was black is […]

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By The Numbers

Here we go with this numbers thing, again!  Our Racquet reviews are a bunch of numbers, but what do these numbers mean to you? We have put together this table with a brief explanation of how each number can be used by you to understand how that property can be helpful. If you see terms […]

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Head Graphene 360+ Prestige Mid

The Head Prestige Mid is, in my view, the quintessential Prestige! This Prestige is the tennis racquet you would buy even if you don’t play tennis! It would sit right next to your Porsche 550 that you don’t drive much, but both make you feel really good! The latest edition of the Prestige Mid is […]

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Head Graphene 360+ Prestige Pro

So, what’s in a name?  In the case of the name “Pro” it is weight!  Right out of the box this racquet is ready to go with a wonderful weight and swing weight that you will see in the specifications. The Prestige Pro is the “different” Prestige in the series with a more sculpted geometry. […]

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Head Graphene 360+ Prestige Tour

When we do the testing and “number taking” for our demo racquets, we try to think as the consumer may think and include comments that may help the consumer make the best decision. We do not want to make these posts so dull that you go to sleep, but data is essential, so we are […]

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Head Graphene 360+ Prestige MP

We are finally getting the time to work on these marvelous new racquets from Head! In this case, it is the Head Graphene 360+ Prestige MP. The Prestige is a fascinating series for Head, but I think it is often overlooked when considering a new racquet purchase. I believe the “performance” category excludes a lot […]

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Grip Shape and Size Customization!

Racquet Quest, LLC is really happy to announce an addition to our Grip Shape and Customization capabilities!  After several years of design and experimentation we have 3D printed grip pallets!  Our grip pallets are printed locally so your racquet stays at the World Headquarters! Due to the racquet manufacturing variations it is not feasible to […]

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Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD

Have you ever wanted to play with a Yonex Pro racquet but really want a 18 x 20 string pattern?  Well your want’s have come true!  The new Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD is that racquet and it is here! The great new green and gold cosmetic creates a “menacing” tool for your game.  This […]

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Brittany Tagliareni: Person…Tennis Player…Friend

We hope you will enjoy this video that was aired recently on The Tennis Channel! We have been working with Brittany and her Mother, Cathy for several years and they have been the most wonderfuly enlighting years! What Brittany allowed us to do was try to configure the racquet, grip and string setup that would […]

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Head Speed 10th Anniversary Edition

The new Head Speed 10th Anniversary Edition is here and whether you are a collector or serious player, or both, you need to see this model! The all black, with some gold splashes, racquet is here in the MP and S versions, and both the same specs as the non anniversary edition which, by the […]

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!

In this particular instance, a few words are required to make the picture make more sense. Thanks to Australian stringer Ashley Nugent, for asking, is the picture in the post “Is Your Racquet Healthy” accurate in terms of failure? It is highly unlikely that a main and cross string will break at the same time […]

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Is Your Racquet Healthy?

I started thinking about this as I made my way to a routine doctor’s appointment last week. Here is the scenario I formed while waiting: The doctor has been seeing all sorts of patients already today and I suspect the first glance at each one elicited some sort of reaction, quielty probably, like this; “Good […]

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How to Demo a Racquet

We have what seems to be a zillion demo racquets, and there is a player for each of them, I suppose. One of the biggest complaints against “demoing” is precisely that…too many to choose from! This is what we recommend; Start the convesation with yourself before you need to make a decision.  Allow a month […]

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Head Graphene 360 + Gravity Lite

If you guessed the Lite is the lightest model in the Gravity series you are correct, but did you guess  it is also a 104 square inch head?  Two 104 models in the series!  I say “way to go”! Model Comparison The 16 x 20 string pattern remains but the spacing is slightly more “open” […]

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Head Graphene 360 + Gravity Pro

The Gravity Pro is the racquet all 18×20 players have been waiting for! Why? Great weight, and excellent swing weight right out of the box!  For players that think the Prestige models are too stiff, (they are not), this model will provide feed-back that the Prestige damps out through the cap system. Big hitters will […]

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Head Graphene 360 + Gravity MP

The new Head Gravity MP seemed like the perfect place to start with this new series of racquets so that is what we did! We believe this racquet falls between the Prestige and Radical series and will appeal to more players than either of those.  Plus, there are two (2) 104 square inch models, the […]

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Head Graphene 360 + Gravity Series Lineup

In addition to individual model specifications we like to do a consolidated series comparison so we can glance at the differences between racquets.  Following is that comparison.  All the data is taken with strung racquets with a vibration damper but no overgrip. See the Five Models Compared Here See Larger Images of Each Model Here […]

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Robo Calls are Double Faults!

No one likes double faults and no on likes “Robo Calls” but with the incredible number of these calls it is important for us to answer the “real” calls while ingoring, as much as possible, the other stuff. By ignoring (technologically) some calls we may be missing your very important call to Racquet Quest and […]

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New Head Graphene 360 Radical! Here Now!

The new Head Graphene 360 Radical has arrived and I have already chosen the one for me! The four (4) racquets in this series cover every possible player style and the new graphics package will appeal to most players.  This is a win-win Radical Series! Just in case you are wondering which one I have […]

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Head Radical for 2019!

The new Head Graphene 360 Radical series continues the “less is more” graphic package that is so popular on the Head Speed series. While I really like the occasional “Limited Edition” racquets I am favoring the new “look” now. As you can see there are four (4) models in the series starting on the left […]

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Now You Think of it!

So, it has been a while since you had your racquet strung and you are standing on the court about to receive and you ask yourself; “I wonder when I should get my racquet strung”. Now is probably not the best time to think of it but if you do simply take a look at […]

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Accuracy Index…what is it?

For a few years, Racquet Quest has been using an “accuracy index” to clarify and understand how the string bed stiffness at a given location can affect where the ball goes. You may say that is the players skill working…or not! However, players take heart, we know how the string bed accuracy can and will […]

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What Took You so Long?

A lot of players don’t really know how long it takes to string a tennis racquet. Do you? This is not a quiz but a way to begin the discussion of why it may take us longer to do your tennis racquet and why we may not be able to accommodate certain time requirements. Speed […]

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Our Standard Stringing Process

After seeing “After the String is Strung” some of you wanted to see a “While the String is Being Strung” video.  I have several videos of the stringing process but I use them for my own review and to see if there is anything that can be done better. So, the video(s) will not be […]

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Wilson Clash Tour

If you read the Wilson Clash 100 review there is not much to say about the Wilson Clash Tour in terms of graphics because it is exactly the same! So we can go directly to the differences between the two models. The Tour does have the “word” tour on the racquet but little else in […]

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Unravellin​g Athena

Brittany Tagliareni brought this film to my attention a couple of years ago and I have tried to follow the progress since then. Here is the latest trailer for the film…

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Wilson Clash 100

Once in a while words “fit”! Clash fits this new Wilson racquet because it disrupts the trend of “everything stiff”. Luckily this trend is dying and Wilson has, in my view, done a masterful job of expediting that demise with this concept. Not only does this racquet look good it just feels good in the […]

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What is Elongation?

In dictionary terms it is: “the amount of extension of an object under stress.” In tennis terms, it means the same thing when talking about tennis racquet strings. How much does a string stretch under the reference tension load or otherwise stretched (impact)?  The proliferation of wrist, arm and shoulder injury has brought attention to […]

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Does String Color Matter?

Recently a friend asked “would the same string but different color play differently”? Of course the only way to confirm anything in terms of “playabilty” is to prepare a racquet with both strings, lab test them then hit with them. We will try to do this soon. That is the next step but what about […]

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Carbon Mapping…GPS for Your Ball!

Wilson has introduced a new generation of tennis racquets that do not include GPS but maybe something just as good! The new Clash tennis racquet is what I am talking about! This new racquet will be in the shop on February 15 and wants to say “hello”! What makes this such a different racquet is […]

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Instinct…get it!

The new Head Graphene 360 Instincts are in the shop waiting for your evaluation! As you can see this new Instinct Series carries forward the “minimalist” graphics concept and a stunning blue color!   If you have been shopping for a new Porsche lately you may have seen a similiar color they describe as “Miami […]

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Challenges!

Everyone has challenges in life… playing with bad strings should not be one of them!

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Happy New Year!

2019 here we come! It is going to be hard to top 2018 but we will do it…together! Together includes Racquet Quest, LLC, You, Racquet makers, string makers, and everyone interested in the growth of tennis. The mission of Racquet Quest is to provide the best possible playing experience based on data. Data assures you […]

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Year End

As this day nears the end and the year sprints to it’s conclusion it is worth the time to reflect on 2018! This year was the busiest in the history of Racquet Quest, LLC and one of the most rewarding in terms of helping players.  Helping players is the “mission” of Racquet Quest so we […]

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A Little Down Time!

To the thousands of you that tried to view the Racquet Quest site in the last 65 hours I apologize for the down time!  To the 2 or 3 of you ( I know who you are) that did not try to view the site I also apologize! The site is up and running normally […]

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Weight is Your Friend!

Is this instance we are talking about racquet weight. Not the few pounds we put on yesterday, Thanksgiving Day! In the early 1990’s we made a tennis racquet which weighed slightly over 7 ounces.  Awesome, some said!  This racquet traveled along with the standard weight racquets in the line and was available for anyone to […]

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Head Graphene 360 Extreme

If you can’t get by Racquet Quest to take a look at this exciting new racquet just take a look at this video! The specifications will be posted here as soon as possible, but in the meantime…

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You Have Been Waiting for These!

You may not know it but you have been waiting for these! Head continues with thier anniversary edition parade!  It seems twenty-five years is a good time to re-introduce the racquet(s) that made history then! The Head Radical 107 OS is a remake of the Andre Agassi racquet that is true to the characteristics of […]

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A New Logo!

After all these years of the old “RQ” it is time for a new look! Please ket us know if you like the new look!

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Head Graphene 360 Speed Pro

Head has introduced their new Speed Series, and it is here, yes, I men here, with some significant changes! The most obvious and dramatic is the move toward a minimalist “look.”  The graphics consist of black and white!  Gone are the days of multi-colored Speed racquets. As with many Head racquets, the graphics mimic the “SkiTip” […]

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Jack Anthrop Scores Big in Nassau!

Congratulations to Jack for his Finalist finish in the Junkanoo Bowl in Nassau! Jack has been playing ITF events and was a qualifier for this tournament.  Not only did he qualify, Jack went on the finals where he put in a great three (3) set effort against Harrison Gold, 6-7,6-2,5-7! Well done, Jack!  Congratulations

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Meet Jennifer

Jennifer walked into the World Headquarters of Racquet Quest the other day and asked to have her racquets strung.  Nothing unusual about that, of course. I looked a the racquets in her hand and thought to myself…” Well, where are they?” In her hands were two (2) Head You Tek IG Prestige Mid racquets!  If you don’t […]

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Big Bag Blowout…Again!

This seems to be a semi-annual event but that’s OK! This event is a little different though! Every bag regardless of size is only $60.00!  This is extraordinary but we need the room. Most bags are Head or Wilson, some are 6 racquet bags some are 12 racquet bags.  It makes no difference! Walk in with three […]

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What is “Best Overall Performance”?

In our “Recommended Stringing Frequency” calculator we state that this frequency is to get the best possible performance from your racquet.   But, what exactly is “best performance”? To establish this we need to take you, the player, out of the picture for a moment and concentrate on the racquet and string setup.  the reason is […]

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New Head MXG 1

Head is introducing two (2) new racquets to the MXG Series, and this is an excellent thing in my opinion!  It is not that we need a bunch of new racquets, but this signals a commitment to the MXG concept. In case you don’t know, the MXG Series racquets incorporate a “string suspension system” (my words) […]

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After the String is Strung!

I have often wondered what players know about the “stringing” process and in particular what goes on after the “string is strung”.  So, while Madelyn was here she decided to video me doing what we do after each racquet is strung and just coming off the machine. Had I known we were going to do […]

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Congratulations Sophie!

A huge congratulations go out to Sophie Williams for her terrific run at the recent Easter Bowl in Indian Wells, Ca.! Sophie played the finals against the number 3 seed Elena Yu… Having the experience of making the Girls’ 12s final last year, Eleana Yu of Mason, Ohio, said she only had to fight a […]

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Mr. Dailey Makes a Visit!

The Racquet Quest World Headquarters had the pleasure of having Curt Dailey, CEO of LaserFibre Strings, visit today! Racquet Quest, LLC will be doing a little evaluation work on LaserFibre string made in the United States!  LaserFibre is the only string supplier committed to making all of their string products in the United States.  Right now […]

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What Keeps Us Going?

Have you ever wondered what keeps the Racquet Quest World Headquarters going? I can’t imagine why you would, but here it is anyway! These are made in France, of course, so they are good for you, and after work, they pair up nicely with a good Bordeaux!  

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And Now This…

In the words of Lord Kelvin (May 1883) “When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meager and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in […]

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Why Offer Racquets?

My answer is simple! To give you the very best performance you can get from your racquet dollar! You are probably thinking “aren’t I getting that now from my online purchase?” Probably not! I see a lot of racquets from online sources and what I see convinced me that you need to have another option! […]

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Monogut ZX = Zero Polyester

Ashaway MonoGut ZX Family Ashaway, RI – “While it is certainly premature to proclaim the demise of polyester and co-polyester monofilament strings,” said Ashaway Vice President Steve Crandall in a newly published column, “I think it is certainly fair to say that the tide is against them, and that a counter trend towards “Zero Poly” […]

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Welcome to Racquet Quest!

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