UKRSA Technical Director and Founder Liam Nolan has written an article for sports-insight discussing the vital money earner racket restringing brings sports shops – plus some excellent COVID-aware guidance for handling of rackets.
A summary of COVID guidance for restringing:
- Receiving the racket. Wear gloves and keep them on until you start the actual stringing. Examine the racket for damage.
- If racket is in a bag or racket cover, return it. Remove and return any vibration dampeners.
- The grip is the most contaminated area. Have a roll of plastic cling film handy and wrap this around the grip. Work slip can then be attached with elastic band.
- Cut out the strings, place in bin and cover.
- Use industrial antibacterial wet wipes to wipe and clean the frame of the racket. This may be the ONLY time that its ever cleaned and can leave a pleasant smell! Use the wipes once only and dispose.
- The stringing machine and tools will have been wiped down already after the last racket. Don’t forget to wipe down your mobile!
- Gloves can now be removed to string the sanitised racket and add ink stencil.
- If the grip is worn and dirty, then consider fitting a FREE thin white overgrip. They cost very little but add a professional touch that brings the customer back again.
- When work is complete, place racket in a plastic bag.
• On collection, open the bag to expose the handle. Player takes racket, you keep the bag unless its needed.
- Wet wipes become your friend. They do dry out the skin, so a dab of moisturising cream now and then is good and keeps the skin supple.
- Contactless payments are now the norm and so much safer but remember to use the wipes after handling cash.
- Demo rackets – Always have these ready for use, freshly strung with synthetic gut and fitted with a fresh white overgrip.
The full article can be found by clicking HERE