Tennis Equipment & Technology

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I’m going crazy choosing a racquet & string for my kid!

Today’s Guest Post is written by Tim Strawn, Executive Director of the International Alliance of Racquet Technicians, and has been reposted with permission from the IART website. To learn more about Tim and IART, visit their website at and listen to my interview with Tim on the ParentingAces YouTube channel (click here).

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over my long career as a racquet technician it’s that the odds are More >

Wilson Announces New Family of Racquets


My son and I both play with Wilson racquets, so when I got wind of a new line coming out, I was pretty excited! Last week, for those of you who follow ParentingAces on Facebook and/or Twitter, you might remember that I posted about the new Blade racquets. Well, here’s another new addition to the Wilson product line. I haven’t had a chance to play with either the new Blade or the Burn yet, but I’m hoping to test them both out later this week or next!

Here’s the word from Wilson . . .

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How To: Editing & Sharing Player Video


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Thank you again to the Fellow Tennis Parent who shared the information below with us. If you missed Part 1 of this series, click here before reading on . . .

Video highlight editing –

This section describes how to cull out your player’s best points. You want to take winners and forcing errors. All an unforced error from your opponent shows is their mistake; it does not make your player look better. A video with 20 winners highlighted will run about More >

How-To: Building a Fence Mount for Your Video Camera


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The information below was provided by a Fellow Tennis Parent and is the first in a 2-part series (click here for Part 2) on recording your child’s tennis matches. There are businesses such as our friends at High-Tech Tennis that will record your child’s tournament matches for you, but for those times when you’re on your own, I hope this information will prove useful.  

Below are step-by-step instructions for building your own fence-mount for videotaping More >

Tips on Finding Your Perfect Racquet


The folks at Midwest Sports shared the information below with me regarding how to find your perfect tennis racquet. I hope you find it helpful!

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Testing Out New Technology



One of the perks of getting media credentials at an event like the US Open is that you might then be invited to some extra fun stuff like getting to test out the newest racquet technology before it hits the stores.

Wilson Tennis hosted one such event on my last day at the Open. I, along with several others, had the chance to hit with their newest line of racquets using their SpinEffect Technology. We were located inside the American Express Fan Experience at the Billie Jean King National More >

What’s in YOUR Bag?


Show us what you’ve got . . . in your tennis bag, that is! We are partnering with Holabird Sports to bring you a fun contest during the 2013 US Open. Here’s the scoop:

  • Using Instagram, record a 15-second Bag Check video (click here for an example)
  • Post it using hashtags #usopenaces and #holabirdsports
  • Share the video to Twitter using hashtags #usopenaces and #holabirdsports

All video submissions will be entered into the drawing for the Grand Prize, a Wilson US Open tennis bag and Wilson More >

Vote on ROG in USTA NorCal Section


I recently read the following letter from coach Bill Patton addressed to the Board of Directors of USTA NorCal before their May 15 vote on whether to expand ROG competition to 12-and-under players:

Dear NorCal Board of Directors,

I have been coaching for 25 years, have 200+ continuing education units with USPTA, and completed coursework and a thesis in Education. I am running the first ever NIKE Tennis Camps that use compression Tennis Balls. I have used compression balls since 1999.

The More >

The ParentingAces 2012 Holiday Gift Guide


Whichever holiday (or holidays, in our case!) you celebrate this winter, I thought I would offer up a few suggestions for some tennis-related gifts for your junior player. If you have more ideas to add to the list, please put them in the Comments box below!

  • For the Agassi fan, you can’t do any better than a piece of original jewelry from Nick Zimmer who created the famous Trinity earring and pendant gifted to Andre by Nick Bollettieri and his former wife. The pieces come in gold and silver More >

New Strings, New Racquet or Both?


For the past few years, my son has been playing with the Babolat Aero Pro Drive Plus racquet, the one that looks like Rafa’s only a half-inch longer.  He’s been stringing his racquets with RPM Blast string, and, until very recently, was happy with his tennis equipment.

Since he first started using this particular racquet and string, my son has grown about 8 inches in height and put on more than 25 pounds, most of it in the last year.  Needless to say, that growth has necessitated making some More >

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