FAQ's

Here you will find FAQ’s about the UKRSA and the world of stringing

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The Aim of the UK Racket Stringers Association

To promote the knowledge of Racket Servicing skills in the UK, Ireland and abroad and to
recognise those skills through an effective Certification Programme.

The Objectives -
Focus racket servicing activities on all racket sports, including Tennis, Badminton, Squash,
Racquetball, Racquets and Real Tennis.

• Provide a comprehensive calendar of Racket Servicing courses.
• Maintain a Certification Programme that recognizes Racket Service skills.
• Develop links with Manufacturers, Suppliers, Coaching Associations, Shop Owners,
Tournament Organisers and other Stringing Associations.
• Support retailers by provision of effective in-store staff training.
• Provide qualified Tournament Stringers for events.

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Many coaches and players who only string their own rackets may feel that they do not need to belong to any stringing association. However, rackets are becoming more complex, superlight and more prone to problems during the stringing process. To reduce this potential, a good knowledge of racket servicing skills is needed.

Sports Shops that provide a stringing service especially need technical support and guidance in order to maintain a high level of expertise and avoid costly mistakes.
Being a UKRSA member means that you are never far away from expert guidance.

If you restring someone else’s racket for payment, then you certainly do need the correct skills and knowledge. Getting things wrong means paying out for a mistake that you could easily have avoided.

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Liam Nolan founded the UKRSA in 2002. His biggest stringing career moments (after stringing his first racket!) include achieving the Master Racket Technician award with the USRSA and being asked to lead the 2001/2002 Bow Brand Official Wimbledon Stringing Team. Liam has been a Davis Cup stringer for GB and other countries and works closely with the LTA and England Squash on coach education. An active squash coach, Liam is based at the UKRSA HQ in Lincolnshire where many of the ad-hoc training courses are held. He covers the Midlands, Yorkshire and Northumberland.

David Hall is a UKRSA staff tutor, USRSA Master Racket Technician and qualified Tournament Stringer. He has a vast experience across all racket sports and runs a successful sports shop at Frinton LTC. David is at the forefront of UKRSA developments and is always keen to ensure that we offer the best possible technical support to all UKRSA members, tournament players and coaches. David is currently the UKRSA Southern Region Training Manager.

Hugh Alexander UKRSA staff tutor is based in Perth and covers all of Scotland. It does not matter if you are in Aberdeen, Hugh will be pleased to hear from you!

Peter Furlong UKRSA staff tutor is a very successful professional stringer with Davis Cup experience. He is based in Dublin where he runs training courses at the Castleknock LTC.

Pat Hough UKRSA staff tutor runs a very successful shop and stringing centre in Nenagh, Co Tipperary. An accomplished player and stringer over many years, Pat covers the southern half of Ireland.

Technical Advisors, Manufacturers and Suppliers all of whom have an active interest and wide experience in racket sports, provide other additional support.

However, the real energy and direction will undoubtedly come from people like yourself, so we hope that you are able to join our ranks.
The UKRSA works closely with the US Racquet Stringers Association, widely recognised as the world lead body in racket servicing. The USRSA has set a benchmark of service quality that will be hard to match. The UKRSA  runs Prep Courses and testing for the USRSA Certified Stringer and Master Racket Technician awards.

The UKRSA is aimed at anyone who is involved in the relationship between string/racket and ball/shuttle. It is YOUR association, so much of the information will come from yourselves, people who play and coach, who service rackets, understand the problems and who have most of the answers!

Contact liam@ukrsa.com for more details

"In matters of style, swim with the current - in matters of principle, stand like a rock" Thomas Jefferson

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There are varying levels, depending on how you choose to pay. Click on Membership for full details.

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3, 6 or 12 months, you can choose.

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Yes either let us know or go to your profile in the members area to cancel your membership.

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The UKRSA Professional Stringer course involves 12 hours of learning, over one long day or two normal days. It 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. Its an ideal way for absolute beginners to start off or for experienced stringers to check their skills and knowledge, plus gain the certification.

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, its straight into the practical stringing work, all very informal and no “final exam” at the end. The one-day course is preceded by a home study package that needs to be understood before attending the course. You will then sit a short test for the home study package.

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

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 its 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 at around £2295 or manual machines that cost £650.00. 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. Its 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 members forum to ensure you are technically supported afterwards.

Tennis/Squash/Racquetball/Badminton – You will be shown how to service all types of rackets.

Liam Nolan will be your main stringing tutor and he has been working at top tournaments such as Wimbledon for 30 years, some as head stringer. David Hall covers the SE and has extensive tournament and badminton stringing skills.

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 –

Customising – Gripping & Handle Resizing -Tubing & Individual Grommet Replacement -Stringing Unknown Frames – Causes Of String Breakage


Following on from the Professional Stringer level is the RACKET CUSTOMISING 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 customising and racket matching for weight, balance and swingweight is included and course members get plenty of hands-on customising practice. 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 Customising course is £150. 6 CPD points.


These are one-day events designed to prepare the candidate for testing. The morning part covers the Practical Skills, the afternoon session explores the Written Test. This preparation has proved invaluable to candidates who need to refresh their skills and knowledge and to make sure they understand the theoretical questions which are very often the stumbling block. Candidates will have already signed up with the USRSA, registered for the test and received their USRSA Study Pack. They can bring along their own machines to work on if they wish (no drop weight types) Cost is £150.00. Very often we schedule the actual test for the next day.