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Wikky
04-05-2012, 09:33 PM
I've been stringing for a player on the ferris team for the past 4 months. He's a big hitter a before a month ago has been has always broken the mains in the center of the racquet in a Black Magic / Babolat Nvy hybrid in a Yonex RDIS. However over the past 3 weeks he's been playing some big servers and frequently has been framing a lot of returns, breaking the mains on the top of the frame in the same place almost everytime.

I've carefully looked at the grommets and can see no damage or sharp edges that would cause these breaks. I wanted to know if using power pads could help reduce these breaks without changing the way the frame plays to much? Any other suggestions besides tubing would be great (Already tried it broke where the tube was).

esgee48
04-05-2012, 10:34 PM
You can try it, but I wouldn't hold out much hope. Shanks near the frame put so much extra stress on the string that they 'just plain old break.' I see that you already tried tubing and that tubes did not help either.

Have you considered using a different poly or a thicker gauge of BM?

Wikky
04-05-2012, 10:58 PM
Unfortunately he's already using 16 and this is the only string the team carries besides NVY. Obviously the player is perfectly fine with breaking them since he is happy with the string's performance and when there is an endless supply of string to go through from the coach.

However in my case I prefer to actually watch the matches rather than string a new racquet every set. He only carries 3 racquets and with the set up he is using could easily break all of them in a 3 set match.

Buddy
04-05-2012, 10:59 PM
where can you typically by tubing for grommet replacements? and what size is best?
sorry a little off topic.

Wikky
04-05-2012, 11:07 PM
No problem, There's two gauges of tubing i know of that we have at my club but i'm not sure of their exact measurements. The larger gauge is used for tieoff holes while the smaller gauge is used for regular grommets. As for where to buy it I know its on TW for cheap, like 3-4 bucks. You might be able to find it at a hardware store but i'm not sure what it would be used for.

Steve Huff
04-06-2012, 06:23 PM
If he's breaking them in the center of the racket, power pads aren't going to decrease that. Actually, probably nothing will except a different string, maybe string savers (probably not in this case), or lower tension.

fortun8son
04-06-2012, 08:38 PM
Not a whole lot you can do to prevent a shear break at the frame other than concede the service ace. :)

Wikky
04-06-2012, 09:07 PM
Not a whole lot you can do to prevent a shear break at the frame other than concede the service ace. :)


I'm sure that will go over really well.

mad dog1
04-07-2012, 10:57 AM
stringing the top 2 or 3 crosses +4#s higher will provide a bit more protection against shearing.

fortun8son
04-07-2012, 11:28 AM
I'm sure that will go over really well.
No doubt!
Hey, it's a mental game. He can lure the guy into overconfidence and get him on second serve when he starts to fault. He's not winning those points anyway.:twisted:

Wikky
04-08-2012, 12:41 AM
No doubt!
Hey, it's a mental game. He can lure the guy into overconfidence and get him on second serve when he starts to fault. He's not winning those points anyway.:twisted:

I suppose... Guess I should start looking for cheap durable poly, God knows where to start for that search :?

brownbearfalling
04-08-2012, 12:56 AM
It does sound like there is not much you can do about the string breakage except switching strings or racquets.

But:
You might consider re-evaluating your stringing technique and stringing equipment. Not to say that it is your fault or you have poor technique but it might be a probable cause. Over tightening clamps can cause damage to the strings, resulting in premature breakage. Some grippers of machines damage strings. Kinks in strings while measuring out strings is sometimes hard to avoid.

Irvin
04-08-2012, 07:38 AM
I suppose... Guess I should start looking for cheap durable poly, God knows where to start for that search :?

I have not tried them yet but the Black Mamba strings sound good

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=386326&highlight=black+mamba

fortun8son
04-08-2012, 02:55 PM
Many polys (and natgut) are susceptable to shearing.
Take a shot at fullbed Red Alert. Synguts are more resistant to this stress.

zapvor
04-08-2012, 09:34 PM
Unfortunately he's already using 16 and this is the only string the team carries besides NVY. Obviously the player is perfectly fine with breaking them since he is happy with the string's performance and when there is an endless supply of string to go through from the coach.

However in my case I prefer to actually watch the matches rather than string a new racquet every set. He only carries 3 racquets and with the set up he is using could easily break all of them in a 3 set match.

this is a perfect example where a player needs 5-6 rackets in his bag

Wikky
04-11-2012, 12:40 AM
this is a perfect example where a player needs 5-6 rackets in his bag

He had 4 but lost his grip on one when serving, to lazy to replace his O/G. I'd take my machine or technique into account but have not had any problems with other players i string for.

I appreciate all the advice and am looking into purchasing a more durable poly for the team to play with that has a similar price point. Dunlop explosive is looking tempting but is definitely not as soft as the black magic.

zapvor
04-11-2012, 09:08 PM
!!!!!! i hate people who dont change their overgrip.....this especially for a good caliber player....

so you string for the team?

Wikky
04-11-2012, 11:38 PM
Yeah I created a program for PTM students to string for the team for credit hours for our ongoing internship. Hopefully getting my MRT at the end of the month! kinda nervous about the written portion though.

zapvor
04-12-2012, 10:12 PM
very neat! keep us posted!