How to Replace Broken Grommets
Posted by Rob Marshall on 27th May 2019
Step-by-step instructions for replacing individual grommets, to avoid having to replace whole grommet strips.
Grommets are designed to protect the strings in a racket. A broken or split grommet may present a sharp edge that can cut into the string. If the grommet is missing, the frame itself may cut into the string. This can put strings at risk of breaking, particularly on off-centre shots.
Head Adaptive Fan Pattern (AFP)
Posted by Rob Marshall on 23rd May 2019
An overview of Head's unique squash racket design feature allowing two different string patterns.
The Adaptive Fan Pattern (AFP) was originally introduced by Head with the Xenon squash racket series in 2016, but is now also available in their latest rebranded closed-throat squash rackets, the Radical series, and also the teardrop shape (open-throat) Speed series, both released for 2017/18.
Bergelin LongString System (1986)
Posted by Rob Marshall on 11th May 2019
A history of the LongString system, a curious tennis racket design feature unfortunately now destined to obscurity.
The MacGregor Bergelin LongString tennis racket was notable not only for its diagonal string pattern, but for its unique adjustable tensioning system.