How would you compare buying a new tennis racket to buying a new bathing suit?

I’ve been playing tennis now for over 20 years. In that time I think I’ve owned 5 different rackets. That is different styles of rackets; I usually own two of any 1 style. (I own two and string them at the same time and use them alternatingly so the wear is essentially the same for both—just in case I would break a string.) 5 in 20 years is a new one every 4 years or so. I find something that I like or that works and find it too frustrating to change. Is the grip right? Are the strings good? Is it too heavy or too light?

For whatever reason when I first got a racket I got a Head racket. Now I cannot bring myself to change to any other brand. (I may or may not have issues.) It’s so hard to let go of that bird in the hand racket I’ve used for so long to try something different. And where do I start? Head size, grip, string type, tension, and string pattern—so many variables! It’s exhausting!

Why oh why isn’t there someone out there to pick the best racket for me, for me? Ah, well there kinda is but it could be tricky to find them.

This past weekend I was in Houston, TX for a team tournament. One of the fun things we do as a team besides play tennis and go out to dinner is to take a trip to Tennis Express. We go there because we are never disappointed with their inventory, both regular priced and on sale items! They sell everything tennis and have almost any racket you can imagine. So while we were there I spoke with one of the stringers about a new racket. He suggested starting with the latest version of what I already play with. Most places use the cheapest string possible for their demo rackets. I get that but this guy had this racket strung with two different types of string for a better feel and more control. How could I not like the racket?!

head racket

Next thing I know I am using a demo racket for the first time in a tournament match! Know what? I played well and loved the racket! I went back to TE bought the racket and played the rest of the tournament with it!

Now I know that everyone cannot visit Houston and Tennis Express in person. If you have a chance to visit any of the major tournaments you will find Tennis Express and or Tennis Warehouse on site. Both of these online stores frequent the majors and both have knowledgeable stringers on hand who are willing to answer questions about rackets and help you find one that works for your game. If you can’t find your way to a major and you don't live near any of their stores in Texas, California, or Georgia, you can email or call either of these online stores for help. Honestly they really don’t mind your call and they really do know their stuff! And both of these places have programs that allow you to demo rackets even if you live 2,000 miles away! UPS is awesome!

Props to Tennis Express for making my racket shopping so much easier and less painful than swim suit shopping has ever been! 

Funny that better strings makes for a better racket and better strokes especially with a demo racket! Who knew? Apparently Tennis Express!

tennis express

tennis warehouse

 

Our thanks to guest blogger Katie Tucker. Wristpect Sport is always open to the views, opinions, and expressions of its loyal followers!

What kind of towel do you use when you play tennis? -- 2.0

Can one say too much about tennis towels? Probably and I’m just the one to try!

US OPEN tennis towels

True story: One of the ladies I play tennis with is a pro tournament towel magnet. (Judy do you recognize yourself?) I have seen her posts on Facebook from the US Open and BNP Indian Wells to name just two, of her showing off the towels that were handed to her from players. I’m not kidding you; the players just love her! Yes I’m jealous! Granted I haven’t attended nearly the number of tournaments she has, nor have I been in the on court seats that she has so kinda hard to get a towel if I’m not there like she is. I’ve only ever bought the towel from the pro tournament or been given one by a friend that goes and she bought them. (Almost as good as getting one from a player)

Last year I while watching coverage of Wimbledon, Brad Gilbert spoke on how he has a player towel from Wimbledon for every year since he has played there. In fact he’s traded towels to have both the men and women’s towels. He does what it takes to get as many as he can and it’s some fun game he plays with other guys from the tour.

This year while listening to the coverage of Wimbledon this year I heard MaryJo Fernandez say that she uses her Wimbledon towels in her guest bathrooms. (Guessing her guests may include some former Wimbledon Champions!)

Those player towels are awesome towels. Full, plush, and memorable! One year my doubles partner and I were invited to play in the Simply the Best tournament hosted by the Texas USTA Section in Austin. Here is the towel that we all received as ‘players’! It has been stored away so as not to be ruined or lost and will now be used in my continuing effort to stay out of my towel funk!

Simply the Best Masters towel

What is your favorite towel? Is it your favorite because it was a gift? Did you earn it or win it? Is it oversized, hand towel sized? Is it like a loofah or soft and plush? Feel free to comment here on what you think makes for the best tennis towel! And maybe let us know if you think we should make a towel!

Loyalty to Tennis Fashion & Function Runs Deep

Loyalty image composition by Wristpect Sport

A dear customer (who is also a dear friend) recently sent us a a very real world 'day in the life of a tennis addict' --picture. It came via text and out of the blue. As I viewed the picture--which made me feel as if I were standing in her laundry room peering into the basin of her wash machine--the idea of loyalty popped into my head! In fact, inside my head I literally heard the phrase:

Do you know your loyal ones?

Wash Machine basin with multiple Wristpect Sport tennis wristbands

Now, how does a wash machine image relate to loyalty? Our friend had taken the time to show us her double digit count of Wristpect Sport wristbands in the bottom of her wash machine--all spiffy and clean and gleaming amid the silver basin lining. BAM! Her simple gesture made me think of the loyalty she displays not only in her love of tennis and tennis fashion but as a friend and person. I mean who takes the time to send pictures of their dirty laundry (okay, it was clean laundry). This gesture in turn activated my business mind and I scanned the many customers that have shown us loyalty by:

  • their taking time to send pictures to us of their personal tennis journey 
  • their repeat purchases of our fashion-forward wristbands
  • their genuine enjoyment of tennis and sport fashion

The phrase, 'do you know your loyal ones' is a good one for life.

Ask yourself, who are those friends and souls in your life that are your loyal ones?

True loyalty comes not through someone merely 'liking' you, not because they buy your product BUT because that particular person is consistent in their behavior, genuine in their approach, and most importantly believes in all of YOU. They believe in your endeavors, your goals, your goofy, sometimes messy, sometimes OCD, loud, sensitive, athletic, creative self. And you...you return that loyalty.

So you see, a simple picture of fashionable tennis wristbands-- in the basin of a wash machine-- from a tennis fashion loving friend can run deep and be ever so meaningful!

Here's to the loyal one's that have believed in Wristpect Sport and the people behind it!

Wristpect Sport a Fashion Accessory Company Tailoring Team Sponsorship

Do you love team tennis?       Do you love your tennis team?

If your answer is yes then Wristpect Sport! has a deal that's right for you--and your teammates! Let us partner with you and your team to accessorize you for a winning season.

team tennis with dynamic duo

Whether your team wears a matching uniform, or specific team color, or not; Wristpect Sport wants to offer your team sponsorship. Everyone needs to mop their sweat and we want you to do it fashionably, while saving!

Wristpect Sport studies the latest tennis fashion and we keep both colors and patterns in mind when designing our wristbands. This makes it easy for you to find a set that is tailored to your teams look.

sandestin team tennis Tennis AnyWon

To qualify for sponsorship:

  • Like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram
  • Buy 8 wristband packs or more to receive a 30% Team Tailoring discount
  • Take team photo and post it Wristpect Sport! wristbands on Wristpect Sport's Facebook OR Instagram page
  • Have fun with your team!

 

acics and wristpect sport wristbands

 

Keep partnering with us season to season and we'll keep the savings coming because who doesn't like freshening up their tennis attire EVERY season? 

Me, Tennis, and a Butterfly

The other night I was playing tennis at one of our local tennis facilities. Here’s a little shout out to L.B. Houston Tennis Center. LB recently is under new management and is in the process of updating as well as reopening for business.

This time of year in Texas means just about anything weather-wise goes. It could be cold, warm, rainy, sunny, or even sweltering! Luckily for us the rain had cleared and the sun had been out enough to dry and warm the courts for us. And because it is May the days are longer and the sun sets later providing us with more daylight for playing even at night!

butterfly on a tennis court

Evidence of such temperate times is here in this picture of our special guest! This little guy kept hanging around, first just fluttering in the sky, then using the net as a perch and finally on the court itself. 

Some Native American lore has it that Butterflies carry your wishes to the Great Spirit. Not being a Native American just native to America I cannot say for sure if that is true. What I can say is that butterflies are a universal symbol of beauty and happiness. I’ve always said that there is no place I’d rather be than on a tennis court. In fact the Wristpect Sport team agreed enough to put that very thought out there on a T-shirt. 

Katy no place Tee shirt

I love this shirt and wear it often. It doesn’t do as much for mopping my sweat as my wristband does, but it does serve as a reminder to me when I’m in a match and not playing my best. It’s then I stop and think that even if I’m not playing great, there is still no place I’d rather be.

How much more this is true when I enjoy after work evening tennis with my good friends and yes, a butterfly or two!