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coolblue123
02-03-2010, 10:07 AM
I was watching one of more experienced stringers stringing a racquet in a tennis shop. I noticed that he was using an awl to poke holes through all the grommets before he started to string. I was wondering if this is a good practice? I was thinking that it'll make the racquet lose tension quicker? thanks

topanlego
02-03-2010, 11:32 AM
Checking for broken grommets maybe?

I don't see how it would make the the racquet lose tension quicker.

jim e
02-03-2010, 02:35 PM
I was watching one of more experienced stringers stringing a racquet in a tennis shop. I noticed that he was using an awl to poke holes through all the grommets before he started to string. I was wondering if this is a good practice? I was thinking that it'll make the racquet lose tension quicker? thanks

Maybe he just finished installing a new grommet set when you came in and he had to be sure that the grommets were seated all the way in before he started to string the racquet.

fuzz nation
02-03-2010, 02:55 PM
An actual stringer's awl is an essential piece of gear when it's time to start replacing grommet sets. I've gotten away without one when I doing one or two frames, but when I tried to put new grommets into some Babolats, I couldn't guide them into place without one of these. (only $5.00 from TW) They've got a rounded tip and are narrow enough to thread all the way through a thick, hollow frame.

coolblue123
02-03-2010, 05:33 PM
i think the stringer probably was installing a new set of grommets. I better ask him next time. Thanks all for your responses.

tball
02-03-2010, 06:30 PM
Long time ago, when I was new to stringing, I made a mistake of starting without poking at the holes first. I put a new grommet in, and did not need an awl at all. It just fell into place. No effort was required on my part. Then I strung the racquet. Then, for a tie off, I needed to stuff 2 strings through the same hole! This is where I *wished* I had done what your stringer is doing.

Some 3 hours later, after a lot of cursing and pushing the second string in, with various objects, I finally got it in. As soon as I pulled it tight, the original string broke. The one that was there first, the main.

... I had to start all over again ....

After that episode, before each and every stringing, I now *always* poke awls into any hole which may potentially be a tie-off, and then at their neighbors. The way I string, I do not always end in the "designated" tie-off location, and I do not want any more repeats of the story above.

Your stringer probably have had an experience similiar to mine in the past 3 years.

Steezmuffin
02-03-2010, 08:01 PM
Long time ago, when I was new to stringing, I made a mistake of starting without poking at the holes first. I put a new grommet in, and did not need an awl at all. It just fell into place. No effort was required on my part. Then I strung the racquet. Then, for a tie off, I needed to stuff 2 strings through the same hole! This is where I *wished* I had done what your stringer is doing.

Some 3 hours later, after a lot of cursing and pushing the second string in, with various objects, I finally got it in. As soon as I pulled it tight, the original string broke. The one that was there first, the main.

... I had to start all over again ....

After that episode, before each and every stringing, I now *always* poke awls into any hole which may potentially be a tie-off, and then at their neighbors. The way I string, I do not always end in the "designated" tie-off location, and I do not want any more repeats of the story above.

Your stringer probably have had an experience similiar to mine in the past 3 years.
you can just use a small awl to make more room in the hole when you get to that point. It's not a big deal, I do it all the time.

rasajadad
02-04-2010, 04:46 AM
I also do the stringer's awl thing on newer racquets. The first couple of times they are strung it seems that the holes need to be loosened.

fuzz nation
02-04-2010, 06:19 AM
tball - just curious about the way you string that makes you not end up at the designated tie-off spots on occasion. Sometimes that larger grommet hole (for tying off) will be a few spots away from the last cross for example. Is that what you're referring to?

tball
02-05-2010, 05:08 PM
Yes, sometimes it's too congested to tie a knot.
More, often though, I either do "Around the World", or I string single piece, instead of two-piece. Also, not all manufacturers, in my experience, make tie-off grommets larger.

dana
02-06-2010, 05:31 PM
tball - just curious about the way you string that makes you not end up at the designated tie-off spots on occasion. Sometimes that larger grommet hole (for tying off) will be a few spots away from the last cross for example. Is that what you're referring to?If you end up a few spots away from the tie-off hole, you can just wrap the string around the head to get to that point. If you check out a professionally strung racquet, there are places where they skip holes to get to the "bigger" tie-off hole. I prefer doing one-piece stringing for that reason, only two places to worry about. Of course, this doesn't work when doing hybrid stringing.

Steezmuffin
02-06-2010, 05:33 PM
If you end up a few spots away from the tie-off hole, you can just wrap the string around the head to get to that point. If you check out a professionally strung racquet, there are places where they skip holes to get to the "bigger" tie-off hole. I prefer doing one-piece stringing for that reason, only two places to worry about. Of course, this doesn't work when doing hybrid stringing.

Agreed, sometimes they put the tie off hole a couple holes away. There is nothing wrong with this, you just go to that hole. Sometimes it is 3-4 holes away, no need to enlarge holes in almost all cases.