Drop-Ship Tennis Racquets - Freshly Strung with Free Delivery to your Door
Our Review of Rapid Racquet Repair, based in the VA/DC area.
I was approached by the owner, Ryan. At first, I was skeptical and worried about the idea of putting my racquets in a box and mailing them. With the Spring Season warming up, we decide to test out an interesting new tennis startup company that offered door-to-door shipping.
|Free Box + Shipping for Stringing|
Tennis stringing in the USA with free door-to-door delivery. After I watched his youtube videos and spoke to him in person, I knew Ryan was the real deal. He is USRSA Master Racquet Technician certified and a full-time tennis club pro.
If they are busy, you typically may wait up days or even up to a week for the stringer. You would be without your tennis racquets until they are done and ready to be picked up when the shop reopens.
Any regular USTA league player will tell you that before an important match, you want to *know* that your equipment won't fail you. Reliable strings are a must.
More importantly is the quality of the stringing. Often at some pro shops, you may not even know if the stringer is a certified USRSA racket technician.
It could just be a part-time employee or college student that handles your racquet. Then you are at the mercy of whoever is available that day. With RRR, it's always a certified USRSA Stringing Pro.
- Expert USRSA Certified Stringers Only
- Avoids the Hassle of Drop-off and Pick-Ups Racquets
- Very fast (1-2 days) turnaround time - especially if you live in the Mid-Atlantic (DC/VA/MD area)
- A bit more pricey
- You pay an extra ~$5/racquet - essentially a "convenience or shipping fee" (which I normally 'tip' anyway for a good stringer)
- Popular strings are available for selection online, while other brands and gauges must be custom ordered.
- They do not accept your custom strings to be installed.
- Leaving racquets out in the elements could be an issue in the hot summer months.
Our Experience and Customer Experience:
I decided to get a Free Box from their website. It arrived the next day. I sent off my 2 Babolat Pure Drive racquets. For strings, I tried a new Diadem Power 16L poly as well as the RPM Blast 16 (as a control).
String tension was accurate @ 55 lbs on the string bed. They were handled with very good care and the packaging showed attention to details. The frames, grommets, and my dampeners were returned in good condition. Finally, these strings played great during practice sets over the next few days with no noticeable loss in tension or issues.
I would try them out by using their "FREE BOX" offers to get a free box (fits up to 2 racquets). Give it a try with their free delivery service. If you are short on time and/or do not live near a certified stringer, this might be a great option. *Please mention you saw this "Tennis Bargains Review" when you order and Ryan will know you are a tennis fan*
FACT: Eventually, all Racquet Strings Break or Lose Tension...
How do you keep your strings "fresh"? If you do not, then chances are you're changing your swing to compensate (aka poor technique).
Getting them sent to and from your normal tennis shop can be a hassle - gas, time and reminders.
Even if you buy your own stringing machine, you will most like spend a lot of time on stringing. One should be prepared to spend 1+ hr/racquet to learn to restring initially before you become better.
The alternative (easy button) option was Sports Authority. But now that they are out of business. So where to go and how much to pay is one of the top questions we get asked all the time.
At the beginning of each new season, it is smart to get new strings with the proper tension.
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