Benefits of USRSA full membership

Membership gets you connected to the most up-to-date information for racquet sports professionals and enthusiasts!

Prices vary depending on shipping costs to each country.

Products and Benefits Include:

RacquetTECH.com
The industry’s most up-to-date and interactive source on racquet sports technology. Your own private association website covering all aspects of racquet sports equipment.
The Stringer’s Digest
Published annually and updated mid-year, the Stringer’s Digest is the most comprehensive technical reference manual in the racquet industry.
Tennis Industry magazine (more information | website)
Our magazine is filled with the latest stringing news and industry information you won’t find anywhere else. Annual membership dues of $129 include $25 for a 1-year subscription to Tennis Industry magazine. Membership dues of $240 include $50 for a 2-year subscription to Tennis Industry magazine. Membership dues of $330 include $75 for a 3-year subscription to Tennis Industry magazine.
Special Discounts and Free Samples (U.S. members only)
Free sample products and exclusive discount offers from more than a dozen leading manufacturers and suppliers. You can also participate in product testing and new product development — and gain a valuable edge on your competition.
Marketing Tools
A complimentary membership certificate, member card and window decal show customers your commitment to excellence. Racquet labels and racquet claim checks are all available at low membership prices.
Consultation
USRSA professionals are available to answer your questions about racquet service, stringing machines, purchasing, manufacturers/suppliers, and more.
Professional Certification
Become a Master Racquet Technician (MRT) or Certified Stringer through USRSA’s unique professional development program. These programs are recognized industry-wide and are backed by some of the biggest names in the game.
Private Instructor Stringing Lessons
Take a lesson from one of our MRT instructors or become an instructor yourself and earn $$.
Automatic membership in the Grommets Network
One of the most vexing problems facing stringers is that of finding bumperguards and grommet strips for discontinued racquets. In the “olden days,” a piece of tape was the bumperguard, and there was no grommet strip. When the racquet wore out, it had to be replaced. Today, racquets can last virtually forever if properly cared for, but the bumperguard and grommet strip will eventually wear out or fail. If the manufacturer no longer sells a bumperguard and grommet strip you need, a simple e-mail to our Grommets Network puts you in touch with thousands of other USRSA members, many of whom have bumperguards and grommet kits to sell.
Automatic membership in the Racquets Network
Do you have customers who think “they don’t make ‘em like they used to”? They may be correct, but what happens when the time comes to purchase another racquet like the one they’ve come to know and love, and it hasn’t been manufactured in years? All you need to do is e-mail the Racquet Network to contact thousands of USRSA members … and their collections of older racquets. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find buyers for some of your old racquets.
Automatic membership in the Strings Network
Even though string offerings do seem to be getting better with each passing year, the down side is that sometimes perfectly wonderful strings disappear off the market. The Strings Network helps you find your favorite discontinued strings.

RacquetTECH.com

Tools and information to help you get the right equipment for the right reasons for the right person (you). RacquetTECH.com offers awareness, understanding and skills. These translate to fun and performance. For more information, try our special Racquet Selector/Customizer Demo.

Racquet Selection Online-Software: Can you keep track of all the possible combinations of weight, balance, swingweight, length, flex, price, headsize and power of over 400 racquets and how each racquet compares to every other and how all of that compares to your desires of what you want from a racquet? This tool can. It is the only comprehensive, objective and accurate method for choosing a racquet available. Without this tool, choosing a racquet is like throwing blind at a dart board.

String Selection Online-Software: Having a space-age racquet does no good if you make a dinosaur-brain choice of strings. Strings are the most important part of the racquet, but there has never been a way to compare strings, let alone make intelligent decisions about them based on thorough knowledge of all the properties of each string. The String Selector does for strings what the Racquet Selector does for racquets. It compares every string’s stiffness, dwell time, deflection, shock force, impact tension increase, tension loss with time, tension loss after impact and friction with every other string and compares the results to your performance desires. It then recommends strings that meet your criteria.

Racquet Customization Online-Software: Almost every racquet can and should be customized for individual performance optimization. Customization involves adding specific amounts of weight (lead tape) to specfic locations anywhere along the entire length of the racquet in order to change a racquet’s weight, balance, swingweight, sweetspot, power, and shock absorbtion. The Customizer calculates the effect upon each of the these performance properties of adding any amount of weight to any of three simultaneous locations along the racquet. This is rocket science, and that is why, in the past, you have been stuck with whatever racquet you picked off the shelf.

Technology Articles: Can you say, “Co-polymer matrix, ” or “Graphite-titanium matrix,” or “Piezoelectricity”? If so, can you explain them or understand them? Do you know what all the adverizing gobblygook really means? Do you know what each racquet and string manufacturer is selling as a technology, how it works, why it works, and if it works? Our technical staff of experts, engineers, and scientists explain it for you. No where else can you get the story behind the story.

How-To Articles: Equipment stringing, customizing, marketing, servicing, selling, and promoting are all discussed in our Tips and Techniques articles library.

Racquet Technician Locater: Selecting the right racquet and string and customizing the racquet can all become a fruitless enterprise if the strings are not installed properly. For those who “don’t try this at home,” the Find A Stringer tool locates a technician trained to install the strings at the proper tension and with the proper technique to maximize performance.

String Pattern Digest and Encyclopedia: Every technician/stringer/do-it-yourselfer needs to know what and how to do it. The On-line Stringer’s Digest searches and finds the correct pattern for your racquet from the over 6,000 racquets in its database.

The Racquet Service Techniques: A complete step-by-step guide to stringing, servicing, and customizing racquets. This publication also includes certification study materials.

Stringing Machine Selector: Whether you’re stringing 4,000 racquets a year, or just 1, you want to do it on the best machine for your needs. The reviews, data, and Machine Selector software make this decision a painless and informative process.

Product Finder: Can’t find a product, part or service? Product Finder will find it for you.

Up-to-date Product Introductions: What’s coming? What’s new and exciting? Find out here first.

Equipment Testing, Reviews and Playtests: So you know what’s coming…who cares? Find out here.

MORE: There’s more and there’s more planned — and we are adding stuff all the time.


The Stringer’s Digest

Published twice annually, the Stringer’s Digest is the most comprehensive technical reference in the racquet industry. It’s an essential tool for anyone in this business.

The Spring/Summer volume is published in May each year and the Fall/Winter volume is published in October. Each volume includes all the stringing instructions and data necessary for retailers and stringers to buy, recommend, and service racquets and strings.

The Racquet Patterns chapters include detailed instructions for virtually every racquet a stringer will ever see. This includes thousands of listings for Tennis, Racquetball, Squash, and Badminton.

The Racquet Service Techniques chapter is a complete step-by-step guide to stringing, servicing, and customizing racquets. The chapter also includes certification study materials.

The Company Locator chapter is the “Yellow Pages” of the racquet sports industry and contains all contact information organized both by-products and alphabetically.


Tennis Industry magazine

Tennis Industry magazine

The only magazine covering the racquet sports industry. Tennis Industry magazine provides unmatched coverage of the business, equipment, apparel, and racquet service of tennis, racquetball, squash, and badminton. A $25 one-year subscription includes 10 issues filled with the kind of stories and information about racquet sports that can’t be found anywhere else. Regular features and columns include:

Industry News — stories and announcements about changes happening every day in the racquet sports companies

Product Introduction & Reviews — the only place to hear about all the new racquets, strings, footwear, apparel, and accessory products being introduced each year

Business & Economy — articles and stories about how to succeed in the racquet sports business

Court Coverage — coverage of court manufacturing and maintenance that can’t be found anywhere else

Racquet Sports Science — articles explaining and de-mystifying the simple and complicated subjects that make our sports work

Tips & Techniques — tips about business and racquet service techniques presented by USRSA members to make your life easier

Ask the Experts — a column designed to answer questions asked by our readers

Your Finances — a how-to business column for running a racquet sports business

By the Numbers — reporting and analysis of the industry’s financial ups and downs

Calendar — a listing of upcoming events in the racquet sports industry

Your Serve — articles with suggestions to improve your business

Playtest Reviews — reports of the results of our playtest teams’ blind testing of new strings, grips, & overgrips

Stringing Machine Reviews — reviews of new stringing machines

Pro Equipment Logs — reports of what equipment is being used by the top players at each of the grand slams

Annual membership dues of $129 include $25 for a 1-year subscription to Tennis Industry magazine. Membership dues of $240 include $50 for a 2-year subscription to Tennis Industry magazine. Membership dues of $330 include $75 for a 3-year subscription to Tennis Industry magazine.


Free Samples (U.S. members only)

Free sample products and exclusive discount offers are available from more than a dozen leading manufacturers and suppliers. For example, in 2003 our members received free products worth more than $80 (wholesale value). The table below shows recent products and other items sent to our U.S. members:

2016
January Coupon for a free set of Gamma Solace 16
February Buy-one-get-one-free offer for Tourna Big Red 16
March Coupon for a free set of Tecnifibre Multifeel 16
2015
January Coupon for a free set of Babolat Origin 17
February Coupon for a free set of Head Gravity
March Coupon for a free set of Yonex PolyTour Spin G 125
April Coupon for a free set of Tecnifibre XR3 17
May Nothing
June Coupon for a free set of Tecnifibre Black Code 4S 17
July Nothing
August Nothing
September/October Nothing
November/December Coupon for a free set of Babolat M7 17
2014
January Buy-one-get-one-free offer for Tourna Quasi-Gut Armor 16
February Nothing
March Coupon for a free set of Victory Acelon Seven 16L
April Buy-one-get-one-free offer for Tourna Mega Tac Overgrip
May Buy-one-get-one-free offer for Ashaway Crossfire ZX
June Coupon for a free set of Wilson Optimus 16
July Buy-one-get-one-free offer for Ashaway Crossfire ZX Tour
August Nothing
September/October Coupon for a free set of Tecnifibre HDX Tour 17
November/December Coupon for a free set of Luxilon Alu Power Feel 1.20
2013
January Nothing
February Sample of Head Sonic Pro Edge 16 sent in RSI magazine
March Nothing
April Coupon for a set of Tecnifibre Razor Code 16
May Coupon for a free set of Gamma Moto 16
June Coupon for a free set of Wilson Sensation Control 16
July Nothing
August Coupon for a free set of Gamma RZR RX 16
September/October Coupon for a free set of Isospeed Black Fire 17
November/December Nothing
2012
January Coupon for a free set of Wilson NXT Control
February Coupon for a free set of YTex Quadro Twist
March Nothing
April Coupon for a set of Tecnifibre Ruff Code 16
May Nothing
June Coupon for a free set of Ashaway Zyex Monogut
July Coupon for a free set of Ytex Protour
August Nothing
September/October Coupon for a free set of Gosen Sidewinder 17
November/December Coupon for a free set of Gamma Zo Dart 17
2011
January Coupon for a free set of Tecnifibre X Code 16
February Nothing
March Coupon for a free set of Prince Beast XP 16
April Coupon for a free set of Yonex Poly Tour Pro 130
Sample of Wilson Hollow Core Pro 16 with Stringer’s Digest
May Sample of Luxilon Savage White sent in RSI Magazine
June Coupon for a free set of Wilson Red Alert
July Coupon for a free set of Tecnifibre Duramix HD 16
August Coupon for a free set of Genesis Black Magic
September/October Coupon for a free set of Gamma Zo Verve 17
November/December Coupon for a free set of HEAD FXP Tour
2010
January Coupon for a free set of Luxilon M2 Plus
February Coupon for a free set of HEAD FXP Power/FXP 17
March Nothing
April Nothing
May Coupon for a free set of Wilson Hollow Core Pro 17
June Coupon for a free set of Gamma TNT2 Touch 16
July Coupon for a free set of Solinco Tour Bite or a set of Solinco Revolution
August Coupon for a free set of Luxilon Adrenaline 16L
September/October Coupon for a free set of Mantis Comfort Synthetic 16
November/December Coupon for a free set of Genesis Typhoon 16
2009
January Coupon for a free set of Wilson (K) Gut Pro 16
February Coupon for a free set of HEAD ETS 16
March Coupon for a free set of Prince Premier LT 17
April Coupon for a free set of Wilson Hollow Core 16
May Coupon for a free set of Luxilon M2 Pro 16
June Coupon for a free set of Gamma TNT² Tour 16
July Coupon for a free set of Tecnifibre Black Code 16
August Coupon for a free set of HEAD Sonic Pro 17/Natural Gut 16
September/October Coupon for a free set of Prince Hybrid Power EXP 17/16
Sample of Babolat N.Vy 16 with Stringer’s Digest
November/December Coupon for a free set of HEAD Sonic Pro 17/FXP Power 17
2008
January Nothing
February Drawing for a free set of Wilson Champions Choice
March Coupon for a free set of Wilson (K) Gut 16
April Coupon for a free set of Luxilon ALU Power Fluoro
May Coupon for a free set of Tecnifibre Xr3 16
June Coupon for a free set of Pro Supex Matrix Hybrid
July Coupon for a free set of Tecnifibre TGV 16
August Drawing for a free set of Prince Recoil 16
September/October Coupon for a free set of Gamma Zo Tour 16
November/December Nothing
2007
January Coupon for Prince Synthetic Gut Multifilament 16
Poster of the 2007 String Survey/Members Choice Awards
February Nothing
March Drawing for a free set of Wilson Ultimate Duo
April Coupon for a free set of Pro Supex Big Ace 1.25
May Coupon for a free set of Wilson Super Spin
June Nothing
July Coupon for a free set of HEAD Sonic Pro 17
August Coupon for a free set of Gamma Asterisk 16
September/October Coupon for a free set of HEAD C3 Rocket 16
November/December Nothing
2006
January Flier for the Grommet Flare-It tool
Poster of the 2006 String Survey/Members Choice Awards
February Coupon for a free set of Tecnifibre Multifeel 16
March Coupon for a free set of Gamma Zo Pro 16L
April Nothing
May Nothing
June Drawing for a free set of Wilson Natural
July Coupon for a free set of HEAD FXP Power 16
August Coupon for a free set of Pacific X-Force 18
September Samples of Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 16 and 17 with Stringer’s Digest
September/October Coupon for a free set of Tecnifibre Pro RedCode 16 in RSI magazine
November/December Nothing
2005
January Coupon for a free set of Prince Lightning Power 17
Poster for the 2005 String Survey/Members Choice Awards
February Coupon for a free set of Gamma Revelation 16
Revised poster for the 2005 String Survey/Members Choice Awards.
March Coupon for a free set of Toalson Cyber Blade Tour Thermaxe 123
April Nothing
May Coupon for a free set of Wilson Reaction 16
June Nothing
July Nothing
August Coupon for a free set of HEAD FXP 17
September 2 Samples of Babolat Attraction 16 sent in Fall Digest
Sample of Babolat Attraction Power 17 sent in Fall Digest
September/October Coupon for a free set of Gosen Polylon SP 17
November/December Coupon for Gamma Zo Sweet 17
2004
January String Survey Poster
February Nothing
March Coupon for a free set of Prince Premier 16
April Coupon for a free set of Klip Blast 17
May Nothing
June Nothing
July Coupon for a free set of Wilson NXT OS 16L
August Internet coupon for a free set of Tecnifibre X-One Biphase
Sample of Prince Premier 16 sent to members, but not in magazine
September Sample of Wilson Enduro Tour sent with magazine
October Coupon for a free set of HEAD MegaBlast 16, and HEAD PowerZone PPS synthetic gut
November/December Sample of Wilson Micro Dry replacement grip sent with magazine
Copy of InTenn video magazine sent with magazine
2003
January/ February Sample set of Gamma Synthetic Gut 16 with flyer & Letter
Coupon for a free set of Prince Lightning XX 16
March Nothing
April (Spring Digest Update)
Insert of Wilson Stamina Spin String & Flyer
May Sample of Gamma ESP 16 sent to members, but not in Magazine
June Coupon for a free set of Gosen Polylon Comfort 16
July Coupon for a free set of Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Big Banger ALU was sent with a set of Forten Aramid Gear
August Insert of HEAD FiberGel Power 16
Coupon for a free set of Volkl Power Fiber 18
September Flyer from Wilson
Coupon for a free set of Klip Scorcher 16
October Nothing
November Nothing
December Coupon for Prince Polygut 17
2002
January Coupon for a free set of Volkl Power Fiber
February Coupon for a free set of Prince Attitude
March Ad for 2 Free sets of Topspin Poly Polar
April Insert of Wilson Stamina String and Wilson Pro Overgrip
May Insert of Tecnifibre Pro Mix & Roland Garros Drawing Entry Form
Coupon for a free set of Unique Tournafiber Irradiated
June Nothing
July Nothing
August Insert of Wilson’s Frequent Stringers Program
September Entry Form for Prince Stringing Machine Drawing
Coupon for a free set of HEAD FiberGel
October Nothing
November Fall Digest Update
December Nothing

Special Discounts (U.S. members only)

Existing discounts for our members are as follows:

Company Contact Discount for all members Discount for MRTs
Alpha 800-922-9024 10% discount on all Alpha strings and Alpha grips (based on first column pricing). 5% discount on Alpha machines over $1,000.
Ashaway 800-556-7260 5% discount off earned price on string.  
ATS 800-866-7071 Up to 20% on selected items.
Dunlop 888-215-1530 PREFERRED level pricing on all strings and grips.  
Golden Set 866-865-3202 10% off on all strings and 5% off on all grips.  
Gosen 800-538-0026 10% discount for all USRSA members with credit card purchase  
Head 800-289-7366 Silver pricing for all strings, grips and accessories. Gold pricing for all strings, grips and accessories.
Tecnifibre 888-TFTennis Level II volume pricing on all Tecnifibre strings.
Tourna 800-554-3707 10% off wholesale pricing for all strings, grips, and accessories.
Yonex 800-449-6639 8% off all tennis & badminton strings; 5% off grips; Preferred discount and 1-year payment plan for all stringing machines 14% off tennis strings (+ all member discounts)
Ytex 843-816-1440 Wholesale pricing on all string sets and reels.  

Finally, you may qualify to participate in product testing and new product development — and gain a valuable edge on your competition.