Racket Sport Services is a tutor for the UKRSA and offers two levels of certified training.
The UKRSA Professional Stringer course takes two days or one long day (9-2-9) and covers all aspects of racket servicing. By the end of the course each person will have the skills, knowledge and confidence to set up their own stringing business. It’s an ideal way for absolute beginners to start off or for experienced stringers to check their skills and knowledge, plus gain the certification.
The first day can be extended into the 9-2-9 one-day course and all course members can return later on free of charge to catch up on new skills and knowledge. Many coaches just cannot get away for the whole weekend, Saturday being their busiest day and Monday the quietest. People with normal Mon to Fri jobs have to sacrifice just the Monday. We start at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm each day. After tea/coffee and course introduction, it’s straight into the practical stringing work, all very informal and no “final exam” at the end. The one-day course (9-2-9) starts at 9am and finishes by 9pm.
Food – Each venue is different, sometimes we have a restaurant service at our disposal and sometimes we end up having a walk to the nearest cafe. Refreshments are taken as needed and food and drinks can be taken to the course.
Course fee is £249 and has to be paid before the course date.
What to bring – Pen/paper is always handy. You will be given a CD of the essential stringing skills and other course information. Rackets to work on are welcome, always good to do the work for real.
Coaching credits – If claiming LTA coach licence points, then please send your licence number when applying. The LTA awards 12 coaching credits for the Professional Stringer course and six points for the Racket Technician course.
Stringing Machines – If you already have a machine, then it’s sometimes handy to bring it along as you are then learning on the same machine and it can be checked for accuracy. Quite often we will have new stringing machines available for purchase after the course. These can be luxurious electronic machines or standard manual machines. The cost of machines will depend on what machines are available at the time of the course. We only use machines that are best value and top quality.
Beware of cheap machines that LOOK good but break down a few months later. It’s good to test a machine out on the course and then take it home, satisfied that it suits your needs and you don’t have to unpack a very large box later on and build a strange machine.
Certification – Names need to be confirmed in advance for the printing of the certificate.
Free UKRSA membership – We create a username and password for the UKRSA member’s forum to ensure you are technically supported afterwards.
Tennis/Squash/Racquetball/Badminton – You will be shown how to service all types of rackets.
Courses will include but not be limited to the following areas:-
Safety Aspects – Badminton – Squash – Tennis – Racquetball – Stringing Patterns -String & Frame Technology – Tensions Selection – Grommet Strip Replacement
Marketing Your Skills – Machine Calibration & Maintenance – Knots – Tennis Elbow Considerations – Tools and their uses – Frame Mounting – Problem Solving –
Customizing – Gripping & Handle Resizing – Tubing & Individual Grommet Replacement – Stringing Unknown Frames – Causes Of String Breakage
Following on from the Professional Stringer course is the Racket Technician award. This one-day course builds upon the skills of the Professional Stringer award and is aimed at catering for the demands of the professional player and those with specific racket preparation needs. Tennis elbow considerations, racket customisation and racket matching for weight, balance and swing weight is included and course members get plenty of hands-on practise. As this is our highest technical level, course members must already possess a good depth of knowledge and experience. Prospective course members who have years of experience but have not been formally trained are advised to progress through the Professional Stringer award first so that they are familiar with modern racket servicing techniques.
The cost of the Racket Technician course is £150.
In addition to the above course Racket Sport Services together with the UKRSA often runs one day workshops aimed at updating members with specific areas of stringing for example badminton stringing, business marketing, or any other topic suggested by members.
Contact Racket Sport Services for further details and course locations close to you.