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rorourboat320
07-11-2008, 01:34 PM
is it best to start from top to bottom or bottom to top... or does it even make a difference at all? thanks in advanced.

Mansewerz
07-11-2008, 01:37 PM
Yes, it's pretty much accepted thought that top to bottom is the safer method because the head is usually stronger than the throat of a racquet.

WildVolley
07-11-2008, 01:57 PM
Head racquets, the brand, say only to string top to bottom in order to avoid cracking the frame.

smarion2
07-11-2008, 02:05 PM
yeah pretty much always string top to bottom. Thats why when doing a one piece job you have to do the around the world pattern. I do a 2 piece job usually if i have to do around the world and skip the 1st cross.

aussie
07-11-2008, 02:14 PM
Pretty well accepted to string top to bottom, but so many pro shops still do 1 piece bottom to top and I've never experienced a cracked frame (even Head sticks). Doesn't mean it can't happen though.

Loco4Tennis
07-13-2008, 04:56 AM
my understanding of why its safer to string from top to bottom it's because you need to apply tension to the weaker portion (the head), of the racquet first and work towards the stronger portion (the throat)

rorourboat320
07-13-2008, 12:19 PM
my understanding of why its safer to string from top to bottom it's because you need to apply tension to the weaker portion (the head), of the racquet first and work towards the stronger portion (the throat)

hmmm... i always thought the weakest part was the throat

Zach
07-13-2008, 01:05 PM
hmmm... i always thought the weakest part was the throat

It is. . . . . .

fluffy Beaver
07-13-2008, 02:16 PM
hmmm... i always thought the weakest part was the throat

Nope

It is. . . . . .

Nope

Stringing top to bottom puts more stress on the throat meaning it can handle more stress than the head. String bottom up puts more stress on the head which is a bad thing.

Mansewerz
07-13-2008, 03:51 PM
^^How so?
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oldtimer
07-13-2008, 04:41 PM
The least stable section of a racquet is the head. The most stress is applied when approx. two thirds of the crosses are installed. So stringing Head to Throat will allow the frame to experience the most stress at the strongest point. There is naturally more strength built into a frame at the throat just by design. One exception could be the old split handle frames and most all of those were strung throat up.

Loco4Tennis
07-13-2008, 06:25 PM
hmmm... i always thought the weakest part was the throat

It is. . . . . .

The least stable section of a racquet is the head. The most stress is applied when approx. two thirds of the crosses are installed. So stringing Head to Throat will allow the frame to experience the most stress at the strongest point. There is naturally more strength built into a frame at the throat just by design. One exception could be the old split handle frames and most all of those were strung throat up.

my understanding of it is because of what "oldtimer" said, there are exceptions of course, but in general i like to think of the throat as a wedge or a column that bears the stress of the frame,
also ive seen several racquets that have either thicker or double the material in the throat section, making them visibly stronger in that section