View Full Version : safe to cut out mains and save crosses

04-13-2008, 06:14 PM
Is it save to cut out the string on the mains but leave the crosses and then string the mains. I have full NRG2 only used for a few hours. Can i cut out the mains keep crosses and but some big banger in. Is this safe? How risky? Frame damage? Anyone tried it before and cracked a racquet doing it?

04-13-2008, 06:16 PM
Is there not a sticky about this?

04-13-2008, 06:25 PM
Answer: No


04-13-2008, 06:25 PM
Yeah there is a thread about this, just search it and ull find your answer samtheman. But if u want a quick answer to ur Q, it isnt safe for ur frame, it can warp it and do many other bad things

04-13-2008, 06:25 PM
sam, check the 3rd post from the top of the "stringing" page

04-13-2008, 06:26 PM
lol! 3 people at one time...hello yulittle and mario /")

04-13-2008, 06:30 PM
lol! 3 people at one time...hello yulittle and mario /")

haha thats funny...were all just helpful tennis people arent we lol

04-13-2008, 06:33 PM
7 more posts mario...7 more!!! lol

04-13-2008, 06:41 PM
7 more posts mario...7 more!!! lol

keep it going bro! then you can have a picture! haha

04-13-2008, 09:46 PM
Generally, you string the mains first. But thats not the main point. If the mains are cut and the tension is only on the crosses, ie 55 lbs of tension, the frame will torque.

downey stringing master
04-14-2008, 01:15 PM
Theres A Sticky. Read.

Steve Huff
04-14-2008, 07:16 PM
Give it a try, post the results.

04-14-2008, 07:51 PM
One of the guys at the place I play at did it cause he didn't feel like stringing the whole racket. It was fine, but I doubt it's good for it.

04-14-2008, 08:09 PM
If you string the mains first, you couldn't cut the mains out and save the crosses, unless you tied the crosses off on themselves.

roger is the king
04-15-2008, 09:02 AM
dude don't even try this..my friend did this he got a straight split crack on his racquet

04-15-2008, 11:13 AM
The mounting system on a stringer is designed to counteract the force of mains, but it does not counter the force of the crosses.
You shouldn't cut out the crosses to save the mains, either, but it's still better than cutting mains to save the crosses.

04-15-2008, 06:00 PM
what if you cut either the mains or the crosses while the racquet is mounted on a stringing machine which would prevent it from collapsing into itself?
after all we DO string the mains alone first and those mounting points are there to prevent a potential collapsing of the frame due to the uneven forces.
I understand that there would also be a sudden (unlike the progressive when stringing) release of pressure unevening things out but I still think a racquet would be fine...
I still don't intend on doing it or recommend it to anyone though, just my observation about it.

04-15-2008, 06:03 PM
This has already been discussed. Please read the sticky above. That is why it is there.