# Best way to measure string sides before stringing?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by GrandSlam45, Mar 28, 2013.

1. ### GrandSlam45Rookie

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What's the fastest way to measure the short and long sides of your string before stringing? I assume you don't put a super long tape measure on the floor and pull your strings to match... that's what I've been doing. There must be a better way.

2. ### loosegrooveProfessional

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I use the length of my racket which is 27" unless you have an extended. So if my mains are 18 feet, I just do the math to convert it to tennis racket lengths. 18 times 12 gives me 216 inches. Divide that by 27 (racket length in inches) and that gives me 8 racket lengths.

It's super fast since I know the mains on my Prince Exo3 Tour are 9 racket lengths, and the crosses are 7 plus the handle. So you could just measure the short side the same way, and you should be set.

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3. ### mikelerModerator

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Measure your arm span and do it that way.

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Fool proof way. Assuming you are measuring from a set. Measure half as many mains, i.e.; 16 mains measure 8 lengths from the top (head) of the racket to the throat. That point from the end of the string is your short side and the middle of your mains. The rest is the long side.

One more thing, if the mains start at the throat, add one length. That point will be at the top of the racket on the opposite side of the short side. I hope that makes sense.

If you are doing a two piece, you can just double up the length of the mains. Crosses are measure from side to side in the same fashion.

I don't like using the fixed length of the racket (27") because racket heads vary from model and brands.

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I have a heavy duty office supply clamp fixed to the back of my workdesk. When I'm pulling a reel, I clamp the end of the string with the clamp, then pull the reel to a piece of tape I have previously marked with some common lengths. Cut. Easy as pie.

For single sets, I have a small eyelet screwed into a door frame. A slip the end of the string into the eyelet, then unravel the set. When both ends are equal, you know they are both 20' (or should be). Proceed as needed depending upon what you need for the job.

6. ### jgrushingRookie

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I string in the kitchen. There's a cabinet that's three feet wide. I measure using that--works beautifully.

7. ### zapvorG.O.A.T.

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lol in the kitchen? i want to see a pic of this.

i do love munching on snacks as i string. then someones walks over and asks me a question and i am like 'mmghryfjhsdf'

8. ### Carolina RacquetHall of Fame

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Also in the kitchen on the countertop with my Kmate. Can't string when wife is cooking... does NOT work out.

Since I mainly string two piece from reels, I need to know where 20 and 18 feet are (mains and crosses).

It's exactly 20 feet from the leg of my dining room chair to the end of the cabinets and 18 feet from the same chair to the front of the cabinet.

Makes it a piece of cake. So, if you can find a similar fixed reference point in your house, you can measure your string quickly and accurately as well.

9. ### tennytiveProfessional

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Measure your arms held out side to side (wingspan).

For me, 2 pulls is my short side, and 5 pulls is the long side.

Tip from Dan Craig that has worked from day one.

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Are you talking about string from a pack or from a reel. With pack, I put 1/4 on the short side, 3/4 on the long side.

With a reel, I know my arm span (finger to finger) and measure as tennytive suggests.

I would suggest over estimating the length, unless you get pretty good since I would rather throw away extra string then finish short and have to entirely restring (darn 18*20 string bed).

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I have also been using various methods that seem absurd. I am stringing one piece and keep getting the short side off too long or too short. But tomorrow is a new day. I am going to invest in a nice sharpie to mark the the length of short side.

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Very useful to have either an actual ruler/yardstick on your table or markings in 6" increments along your table top for more precise measuring.

Do you really need to save 4 seconds by using some longer, less accurate way to measure(wingspan and paces and such are fine for finding the short sides of sets; but I'm all about accuracy when dividing a set of nat gut or working with that last 19' on a reel).

13. ### RabbitG.O.A.T.

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I have found this a foolproof way to do it. The great thing about this method is that if you find yourself in a post apocalyptic world without a tape measure, you can still measure string out. Should you lose an arm in a zombie invasion, you can bite one end of the string and use your remaining arm, just double the number of pulls.

14. ### tennisfuRookie

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Get the perfect length every time by measuring along the grommets of the racquet. If there are 18 mains, I go down each of the 18 holes, getting the exact amount needed for it. Do this for each grommet and then 2-3 racquet face lengths for the knots.

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Racquet length = 27"
9 racquet lenghts = 20'3" = most mains
8 racquet lengths = 18' = most crosses

You can tweek the above to fit your racquets specs, your machine, and needs.

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I don't like using the fixed length of the racket (27") because racket heads vary from model and brands.

17. ### jswinfProfessional

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When I'm preparing a set of string I like to find the middle of it anyway, and figuring a 40-foot set I eyeball an extra foot or whatever based on what the mains need, snip it and keep track of the longer "half" for the mains.

Obviously only good for sets and 2-piece (that's what I do.)

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My personal bit :

A cookie tin, which I wrap the string around. It's always the same. I know the precise length.

The string stays tight to the tin. There are no kinks or bends to throw off the measurement. The string is neatly wrapped until use and isn't all over the floor. It can be pulled off in a neat loop to easily apply a tie. Any more or less than the amounts noted on the label I can use a small ruler to be precise.

40 ft. Synthetic Gut

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19. ### zapvorG.O.A.T.

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wow you guys are inventing stuff!

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Just goes to show you how something so simple can be complicated. Using my method, you never have to look at string patterns to find out how much you need to measure out because the best measurment is the racket head itself.

21. ### zapvorG.O.A.T.

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yea there is over thinking here

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You're kidding, right? It doesn't have to be that complicated. I know my arm span, nose to extended arm is 3'. That's all you have to know & you don't need any gizmos.

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I have arms, too. I like gizmos. I count to 9 and a bit--18'. I count to 11 and a bit 22'. Whatever. Hardly "complicated." I'm not in a shop.

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The racket head is more accurate and you don't have to look up the string pattern.

For example, I just strung a Head Radical using Gosen OGSM 16. Measured the 9 head lenghts then doubled up. I had a little more than a foot at the last main on each side. More than enough to reach a DW gripper. For the crosses measure 10 head widths and had about the same length (1'+) at the end of the first cross and last. I did not have to look at the string pattern to know how much I needed to measure.

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I didn't say anyone should do it nor did I compare it to other methods for determining length for a racquet. I just posted. I mostly do my own racquets or ones I know. It doesn't make a difference to me. It's not a competition. Or maybe it is here.

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26. ### Lakers4LifeHall of Fame

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The Topic is "Best Way..." not a complicated way.

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I used to cut a piece of masking tape 2 ft long and stuck it on the wall (marked the 1 foot as well). Then. Just count 2,4,6... .

28. ### mr_fro2000Rookie

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i guess this thread is talking about reels and not packs of string? Bc i only use packs and basically find the 1/2 mark and cut 1 piece slightly longer than the other =P

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Well, thank you for evaluating ideas in the forum that would normally pass by and be used or not while you were waiting for someone to pucker up and give your post a big kiss. You noted your method. Wasn't that enough for you?

The OP was using a tape measure on the floor. I posted an alternative without addressing any other member or method.

I didn't even respond directly to your original comment and you chimed in again with the same thought. Times must be lean here in ST/SM.

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thats exactly what i do too.

but now i'm gonna start buying reels so my technique will have to change.
i think its gonna be roughly 3 spans across the body plus one arm length for the mains, and half an arm length for the crosses. that'll be what i try at first at least.

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The method I use is what I was taught more than 20 years ago, and it still works today. Fundimentals never change.

You should be the one who should get down from your high horse and deal with it.

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But "fundAmentals" do. Hardly a high horse. I'm not the one repeating the same thing over and over. I post very little and only to the topic in a positive way, even if the information may not be as significant as that from others. This isn't about the technique but rather how one chooses to add to the forum. Readers can choose to use, abuse, or ignore any information, especially when the information in question is not in opposition to safe and and correct stringing practices.

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I dare anyone to try my method and tell me it does not work.

It's like using a starting clamp for the first time, you never realized why they did not get one sooner.

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