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Tennis Elbow – Our New Approach

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NewApproach logoFor more than 10 years, Guts and Glory Tennis has taken a keen interest in helping tennis players, both local and distance, who have been experiencing arm discomfort. We’ve seen A LOT, learned A LOT… AND we’ve helped HUNDREDS of players find a solution and resume playing free of pain.  We want to help even more players in 2016 and beyond!

In reflecting on our interactions with customers since 2008 we have realized that just providing desirable specifications and lists of arm-friendly equipment is not enough. The public wants more. Customers with individual questions and issues call us every day, sometimes multiple times, and we typically spend considerable time helping them diagnose a possible cause of their discomfort as well as time reviewing and evaluating their current equipment. Often we end up spending time online conducting spec searches and recommending replacement frames as well as strings and tensions to help them play once again without pain.  Our success rate is extremely high and we take great pride in being able to give back to the community we love by using our knowledge and experience to help players who are hurting.

Unfortunately we do not always have the time needed to sufficiently help each person who reaches out to us.  We refer them to our popular blog post about “Selecting Elbow Friendly Racquets” (note the litany of comments!) but we realize that most want more. They NEED more. While we believe the specs we have outlined are helpful to many, it can get much more complex when you start factoring in head size, technologies, string patterns, etcetera.  Also, it is no longer effective to look at the frame in isolation.  Often the string choice and tension is just as crucial if not more so.

The total equipment package must be examined in its entirety to understand the root of the pain and to address it properly.  Likewise the total package must be evaluated for those approaching it from a preventive paradigm.  Understanding string options today is highly involved. The volume of strings alone can be overwhelming and when you add the complexities of looking at hybrids consisting of different string materials, shapes, gauges and tensions the possibilities are virtually limitless.  It requires exceptional knowledge of strings and materials and experience with them in order to examine and make sound recommendations.  We possess this knowledge base and are willing to share, but we needed to find an efficient way to manage the way we interact with our customers.

Thus we are thrilled to announce that we have created a brand new online class!!!   We believe by offering information via an online class format we will be able to provide the best service we know possible to tennis players who may be suffering from equipment related arm pain AND those being proactive and trying to avoid it entirely.

Easily accessed classroom technology with a super friendly user interface did not exist back in 2008 when we started blogging about tennis elbow related issues, but it sure does now and it’s powerful!  We believe that a formal online classroom setting is perfect for helping players suffering from equipment related arm discomfort.  We have structured our class to function as an independent/individual study where players can share their story with us by responding to the questions we need to assess their situation. Since it is all conducted online, the student can determine when he/she wants to interact and respond to us.   It allows us to respond in a thoughtful and thorough manner–one in which we are not trying to hustle through a phone consultation because we have a pile of racquets waiting to be strung.

We are extremely excited about this new offering and have spent a good amount of time preparing NEW materials and setting up an online structure to support it.  We’ve titled our course “Tennis Elbow Evaluation:  Individual Study” and it is being run on the CourseCraft platform.

You are invited to pop on over to our landing page where you will find a more detailed explanation of how the course is structured as well as a Table of Contents.  We look forward to you joining us and allowing us to help you using our cool new and highly interactive classroom structure.  Just follow the link below (or above) and the rest is easy!!!


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WeissCANNON has built a reputation for producing a line of high quality tennis products occasionally presented/packaged in a somewhat quirky manner. Their string naming convention is completely unpredictable but that is part of what makes the company unique and fun.  That said, WeissCANNON users are fiercely loyal to the brand and the reason is simple…WeissCANNON strings deliver predictable, long-lasting performance.  Their two newest offerings are no exception.

The founder/owner of WeissCANNON is an engineer with a degree in fibers technology and he is perpetually pushing his team to reach, innovate and not be tied to convention.  The result is a brand new material, “Hyper-Poly” that combines many of the desirable characteristics of newer generation copolys with greater comfort, ball speed and control. The material offers a slick outer surface that promotes string movement for easy access to spin and easy installation.  In short, Hyper-Poly enhances overall performance in virtually all measurables.

Four years ago Siggi Weiss sent us a color sample of a fluorescent red string.  He was excited about the color and at that time he told us he was saving it for a “Special String” that he was developing.  That string is the new WeissCANNON Red Ghost. Fluorescent red is appropriate because this string is raging in tennis goodness.  It will definitely fire up your game with increased ball speed and comfort making it hard to fathom you are playing with a poly. In fact you are not playing with a traditional copoly and differences are something you will immediately notice and appreciate.  In addition to the new material, WeissCANNON has developed a unique extrusion method for this exciting offering.  Red Ghost is comprised of 7 Grooved Ridges.  This unique construction allows the Red Ghost to both grab the felt and slide for very nice access to spin on command.

ultracablesetSubscribing to the theory that 2 is better than 1, WeissCANNON has introduced a second new offering using a variation of the new material.  The second is simply called Ultra Cable.  This new offering is the most aggressively designed spin string in their arsenal.  It is four-sided and the profile is razor sharp with an insatiable appetite for ball fuzz.  This string is stiffer than the RedGhost, but still offers an impressive level of comfort and playability.  The sharp profile is reminiscent of some other square strings on the market, with the distinguishing difference being playability.  Simply, the Ultra Cable plays better, lasts longer and produces as much spin as any string in the squared profile category.

At Guts and Glory Tennis we strongly believe these strings are so unique that they will change the way you think about tennis strings.  Toward that end, FOR A LIMITED TIME, we are offering playtest discounts well below wholesale to EXISTING customers who contact us directly via email or through our Facebook page.  We believe once you try these new offerings there is simply no going back.  New customers may also contact us and we will offer discounts close to wholesale for playtest purposes.

Be an early adopter and reap the on-court rewards!


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WeissCANNON offers one of the most impressive lines of string in the tennis industry today.  The quality is ridiculously good and the price point makes them a steal of a deal.  WeissCANNON wants to earn your business and they are aggressively seeking new players who want to improve their games by upgrading to WeissCANNON strings.

For a limited time, WeissCANNON is inviting you to tell them what string or hybrid combination you are currently using.  If they offer something that they believe is comparable, but superior, they will contact you and make arrangements to send you a set for FREE.  (You do pay approx. $2.00 for shipping).  Then you can playtest and decide for yourself if their claims are true.  (If you’ve never played WeissCANNON, we believe you are in for a pleasant surprise/treat!) In essence they are daring you to compare and are confident they already know the outcome.

In order to be eligible for the free “Dare to Compare” set, you will need to interact with them on the official WeissCANNON Brigade facebook page.   As a bonus, WeissCANNON Brigade page followers will receive frequent discount codes and special offerings.  WeissCANNON is aggressively seeking tournament playing juniors, as well as high school and college players for sponsorships.  Again, if interested, please contact them via their official WeissCANNON Brigade facebook page.

psitech114In additional WeissCANNON news, they are currently preparing to launch 2 new poly-based string products that has playtesters shaking their heads in disbelief as to how good they are.  The names are still being determined but they are scheduled to possibly be released before the end of the year so stay tuned for more news on that front.  Earlier this summer WeissCANNON released a new poly to compliment their already impressive line.  PSI Tech 114 is only available in 1.20mm, but for those who prefer thinner polys, this is one NOT TO MISS!!!  Outstanding power and control and like most WeissCANNON strings, pretty spectacular tension maintenance.

All WeissCANNON offerings are available for purchase through our online store and also available in person from our beautiful NEW LOCATION in Sugar Hill, GA.  (1400 Buford Hwy., STE H2, 30518)

Local customers are welcome check out our new digs and pick up a “Dare to Compare” set for free while visiting.

Pro-Stringer – Initial Impressions

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Recently we had the opportunity to review one of the more interesting/innovative products we have seen–the Pro-Stringer.  For those who do not know of it yet, the Pro Stringer is the world’s smallest stringing machine.  The machine was originally conceived by a tour level player who wanted to be able to string for himself in order to save on the high stringing costs he found on tour.  He desired a machine that was completely portable and would produce a string job as good or better than he could get using the tour stringing facilities.

As self-proclaimed stringing snobs, we were admittedly skeptical about the type of results we could generate from something that appears to be nothing more than a “hobby-level machine.”  However, we pride ourselves on being open-minded and went into our testing with the goal of keeping our skepticism at bay until we had a chance to experience the Pro-Stringer for ourselves.  Given the size of the machine and some not so complimentary comments we came across through a Google search, we were less than optimistic.

Our Pro-Stringer arrived and even though we had seen online images, we were struck by the size.  The carrying case which encapsulated the entire system was smaller than a loaf of bread and made the Baiardo and even the Stringway in our shoppe look like behemoths.  As we removed the packaging we were impressed with how nice and efficient everything seemed.  We made a small workspace on the table and connected the table clamp, mounting post and rotational racquet bar.  It went up clean and easy.  Much sturdier than we imagined, especially the rotational racquet bar.  Now we were getting intrigued…

The next step was to mount our guinea pig frame, a demo unit from our store, a Donnay Formula 100.  The mounting is two point at 12 and 6.  The posts were threaded and we thought there was potential to possibly mark the frame so we decided to wrap a little lead tape around the part of the post that would come in contact with the frame.  We were careful with our mounting and with this extra precautionary step we experienced no issues at all in regard to cosmetic damage.

Now on to the fun stuff.  Because we had read comments questioning the accuracy of the unit, our first order of business was to check it out for ourselves.  We set up our tension calibrator and proceeded to test the unit.  We connected the calibrator to the unit with kevlar string to avoid any stretching issues and pulled at different angles through the frame multiple times.  At each tension, the unit was spot on.  How could this be?  We had seen a YouTube demonstration where the tension was all over the place.  Perhaps that unit had an issue?  Perhaps it was not the new platinum version?  All we know is that whatever tension we dialed up, the machine delivered.  One huge concern addressed, now onto stringing.

We strung our Donnay Formula with a combination of MSV Focus Hex Soft in the mains with WeissCANNON New Element 500 in the crosses.  This poly/syn hybrid is one that is popular with our customers and one that tends to do well in our demo frames.  We normally string with flying clamps because we believe they provide the best string job especially when we string using the JET Method.  Usually we clamp on the bottom of the stringbed.  With limited space between the rotational bar and the frame we had to use the clamps on top of the racquet instead of underneath so this was one adjustment we had to make.  The clamps that come with the unit are functional.  There are two sizes and they are adjustable.  We used them for the majority of the string job, but by about 1/2 way through the crosses we were longing for our beloved Stringway flying clamps so we switched out just to see how the Pro-Stringer felt with our familiar clamps.

Installing the mains was a pleasant experience.  We were super interested in the tensioning unit.  By setting the unit directly against the frame there was no long stretch of string essentially getting pulled twice.  We like this.  In fact, we like this A LOT!!!  We also were watching for frame distortion and with the tensioner directly against the frame we were not finding the distortion we expected.  We measured the frame when we first put it on and again when finished.  No distortion.  Another win for the Pro-Stringer.  The tension adjustment on the unit is small and not so easy to read.  Because we make use of different tensions when pulling our mains, getting this set correctly slowed us down a little, but it is something we could definitely live with if stringing on the road.  It would be cool if a future version of this machine could have some form of digital tension display and method for setting.

Now we were ready for the cross strings.  We were concerned with the limited distance between the stringbed and the rotational racquet bar that we would have problems with weaving the crosses.  After the first few weaves we found a very nice rhythm. The rotational racquet bar is not very wide and with our weaving technique we tend to weave in a “V” pattern and pull the string at the half way point.  This worked nicely for the majority of the crosses.  Once we got close to the bottom of the frame we were working in tight space and the rotational bar did end up slowing us down a little at this point.  It was something that whoever uses the machine will probably get used to and it should be easily overcome.  We thought this challenge would be a showstopper and were surprised how little it impeded our stringing process.

When we removed the racquet from the machine we measured the tension several ways.  The RDC reading was 42.  We were expecting 44, but the reading was close to what we expected and given time to get used to the stringing process with the Pro-Stringer we believe we would be able to get to our desired results.  The center 14 mains were all within 2-3 pounds of each other as measured with the Stringmeter and the crosses were also consistent.  We plan to do additional testing in the coming weeks to see just how close we can come to replicating the results we get with our Baiardo and Stringway machines.

Our conclusion is that the Pro-Stringer is a serious machine.  It definitely does not fall under the category of “hobby-level”.  No hobby level machine we have tested has come close to giving us our desired outcomes.  The Pro-Stringer impressed us and made us want to delve deeper to see what it can do once we become more fluid and used to using it.  Given the huge advantage this machine has over anything in the marketplace in terms of portability and the small amount of space needed for storage, we believe the future is indeed very bright.

New…Free Shipping to Canada!

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Guts and Glory Tennis is delighted to announce that we have partially solved one of the huge logistical challenges we have been facing in providing products to non-commercial customers residing in Canada.  In the past, the shipping costs to send a parcel with tracking and insurance was extremely high and made ordering from us undesirable.  Recently we have found a method that allows us to overcome that challenge and ship to Canada for a reasonable cost.  At this time we are only able to offer reels of strings we distribute from MSV, WeissCANNON and L-TEC.  We hope in the future we will be able to extend the products available.

Because the product selection is limited we have created a separate section of our web site that is dedicated to Canadians who are interested in ordering from us.  With the new shipping arrangement we have developed, the price of shipping is included with the cost of the product.  No additional charges will be assessed for online orders placed through the “Canadian Catalog” a dedicated portion of our web site that can be found at

Please remember that the current offerings are limited, but we hope if sales of these products develop as we project that we will be able to add additional products in the future.  In the meantime we welcome our new Canadian customers and invite you to share the good news with your friends!

Ode to the Mono

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Very little information is available online about the Prince Precision Mono, one of the coolest racquets ever produced. It is entirely possible this racquet was introduced years ahead of it’s time. The tennis world just wasn’t ready, and still isn’t ready, for a radical retro paradigm shift back to the monoshaft design. Still, this is […]

Sweet Spotter Sweetness.

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Last week I received an email message from a colleague in Germany.  He asked me “why don’t you carry the Sweet Spotter?”  My response was “what is a Sweet Spotter?” and that is how my newest journey began… Within minutes I was dialing up Mr. Google to see what the heck my friend was talking […]

Let’s label it “HEX-tacular!”

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The hottest selling string in the MSV lineup is the much loved and award-winning MSV Focus Hex®.  This string represents what is arguably one of the best price/performance values of any string on the market today.  The performance rivals and surpasses much higher priced competitors…a fact that thousands of players and schools and top-ranked juniors […]

The most biased, politically incorrect and completely over-the-top racquet review–EVER! (And it is ALL TRUE!…well, mostly true)

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As soon as I began warming up the first time with the Donnay demo that had been sitting in my bag waiting its turn for a playtest, I could sense something very special was about to go down.  In this case it was my league tennis opponent who went down…hard…extremely hard…whimpering off the court kinda […]

Varying tension on cross strings

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For as long as we have been stringing there has been an ongoing discussion revolving around the pros and cons of altering the tension between the main strings and cross strings.  Many years ago we concluded it was a matter of personal preference.  The players in the camp advocating a lower set tension argued that […]

NEW! MSV Focus Hex Soft Arrives – – All Hail Mauve Sports!

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American tennis players have a huge appetite for MSV Focus Hex tennis string.  In fact, the appetite for the most delicious string in their line is so veracious on an global level that it is difficult to produce adequate supplies to meet the rapidly increasing demand. Players of all levels continue to discover the delightful […]

Recycling Tennis Balls

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What do you do with your tennis balls after they lose their bounce and are no longer playable?  It is not unreasonable to assume that the vast majority of tennis players simply toss them away with the leftover meatloaf that has been in the refrigerator for the past month.  Did you know it is estimated […]

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