Boomerang tool

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by taylorhorton4, May 16, 2010.

  1. taylorhorton4

    taylorhorton4 New User

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    How can i get one of these? It would make stringing an 03 racquet so much easier and i've tried to contact prince about inquiring one but have had no response
     
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  2. drakulie

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    Contact Prince Tennis. they usually send it to you for free.
     
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  3. Irvin

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    Call Prince 1 800 2 TENNIS. Another way to string those rackets is with the two piece 50/50 method.

    Irvin
     
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  4. jim e

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    Prince is up to 4 different types of boomerangs now, and some of their racquets do not have any boomerangs avail. Best to do what their web site suggests, and that is to use a brake.Seems like the boomerang adds more friction, and that can effect the tension being pulled.
     
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  5. taylorhorton4

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    oh well sorry i forgot to mention above that i am stringing on an gamma x-2 that does not have a brake
     
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  6. Cruzer

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    Good luck finding one. Someone posted a year or so ago that Prince no longer sends them out to those that request them.
    I contacted Prince a couple of years ago requesting one of the boomerang things and got nothing. I use a Sharpie and they seem to work pretty well.
     
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  7. wrxtotoro

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    They started to give the boomerang again. I just got 2 from them a month ago.

    50/50 actually works faster for me. It's a pain to pull the last cross on the bottom though.
     
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  8. Rex

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    I just got 2 boomerang tools last week from Prince. They sent it out pretty quick too.
     
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  9. Irvin

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    Depending on which racket you string it is always going to be a pain for the bottom crosses no matter which way you string it.

    Irvin
     
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    With the two piece 50/50 method you don't need anything. No brake, no boomerang, nothing but your stringer. Just in case you are not familiar with the method you string the mains just as you normally would and tie them off.

    Then start your crosses in the center of the racket on the bridge between two O ports that is on the widest part of the racket as in the picture below.

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    The weave the two string across the racket into the one O port that is on the widest part of the racket as in the picture below.

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    Then you should pull tension on both the cross string to set a clamp on the inside of the frame as far from the tension head as you can. If you do not have a starting clamp use one of your floating clamps. Then pull tension on the top cross. This string should lay normally in to top portion of the O port as seen in the picture below. If it does not you can twist the racket ever so slightly so it does.

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    With tension pulled on the top cross you can clamp it off. If you did not have a starting clamp you are going to have to use one of your flying clamps now on the outside of the racket to hold the string. Make sure you adjust it to hold only one string as normally it is adjusted for two strings. Now pull tension on the lower cross string and move your flying clamp to the inside of the frame closest to the tension head. Now run the next lower cross and pull tension and move the flying clamp (the one inside the frame) to the cross you just tensioned. You can now pull tension on the top cross again and move the clamp inside the frame. From this point on you cross all thetop crosses until you are done. As you pull tension on those crosses you will notice the angle of the string going into the frame gets greater and greater as you get near the top but all the strings lay in the proper position of O port as seen below.

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    Finish the top crosses then run all the lower crosses. This method has been approved by Prince and you do not need any tools or gizmos to do it.

    One more point I forgot about. You do not need to pay any attention to what side of the racket is the short side. As long as you start the crosses on a bridge between two O port and run both strings through the O port opposite that bridge you can't go wrong.

    Irvin
     
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  11. scotus

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    Irvine,

    Is this how an O3 Tour is supposed to be strung as well?

    I am getting a few in the mail soon, and I have never strung O3 Tours.
     
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  12. struggle

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    i called a couple weeks ago and have received none. i'll call again!
    i had forgotten about that, thanks.
     
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  13. Irvin

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    You can string any O3, O3 Hybrid, O3 Speedport, EXO3, or Ozone racket this way. No special trips, tips or gimmicks. One exception some of the O3 hybrid racket have the normal grommet holes on the outside and the O ports at the 6 and 12 o'clock position. These rackets can be strung as any other racket is strung.

    Irvin
     
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  14. autumn_leaf

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    i just use my hip to hold the racquet still on my dropweight... i emailed prince several times and never got a response back..this was over a year ago as well.
     
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    Don't email them call them 1 800 2 TENNIS

    Irvin
     
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    They should just sell them like dampners. I would not mind paying a few dollars for them.

    BTW I call the number and got a person's voice mail, of Associated Brands.
     
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  17. Irvin

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    You dialed wrong. I just called and got a recoding that the office was presently closed.

    Irvin
     
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  18. TennezSport

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    Just FYI.....

    I have used the 50/50 method for some time with Prince racquets and it works very well, as long as you do not string at the upper tension levels. A USRSA article stated that they did testing and found substantial frame distortion in the upper portion of the racquet head when using this method.

    We recently tried this test also and confirmed the frame distortion in the upper head. This was especially evident when stringing with full poly. So while this method does in fact work, you may want to be careful when string on 2 point machines or machines that don't fully support the frame while stringing.

    Cheers, TennezSport :cool:
     
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  19. drakulie

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    agree. call them. I called them a week ago just to see if it was true that they were sending out the boomerang tools again. I just received a package with 4 different tools.
     
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    800 283 6647? I must have dialed the wrong number, I hate tring to figure out what the Alpha numbers are.
     
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    Irvin,

    Are you 100% sure the 50/50 method if safe for the frame? I usually string low tension with multi mains and soft copoly crosses. I have a 6 point mount dropweight, so I would imagine the risk of frame distortion is minimal, but I just want to be sure. I do have a brake with my machine, but it's a bit of a pain to lock/unlock and it's not a real "brake" that holds it at any spot...it locks itself in certain increments (its a MP Hercules).

    My biggest issue with my EXO3 White is the damn blocked holes that are so hard to push through. I think I am going to have to use that "spare string" method, where you "pre ready" the blocked hole with a small piece of string, so you can pull on it to expose the hole when you are ready. I have been using an awl to "pre clear" the passage and then quickly stick the string through, but I am always afraid of damaging the string with the point of the awl.
     
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  23. Power Player

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    I thought this was a universal stringing tool before I opened the thread...lol.

    Jack. one thing that helps is to use needle nose pliers to push the string though. U want to grip really close to the frame and just be pushing a little bit at a time. On the other side push the the blocking string down just a little and you should be good.

    Other thing is is to have your clamps set away from that blocked grommet so the tension is not as bad on that side of the frame. So if you string 1 ahead, don't do it for the blocked grommets..just go one at a time for that that section so the clamps are on the opposite side.
     
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  24. Irvin

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    No but I am 100% sure it is approved by Prince. If you want to make sure call Prince and ask for yourself. 1 800 2 TENNIS I believe Pete was the one I talked with. Whoever is the stringer guru there.

    What type of stringer do you have. I seldom have a problem with blocked grommet holes. If I see there is going to be a problem I can move the side supports to get around any blocked holes.

    Irvin
     
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    I do that with the needle nose. Still doesn't work on soft strings.

    How do you "push the blocking string down just a little"? What tool do u use for that?
     
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    I have a MP Hercules 680 and I was doing a EXO3 White.

    Not sure what you mean by "moving the side supports"?
    i dont mean the stringer supports are blocking anything, I mean the
    mains cross over cross holes when you skip mains, and then when you go to do the crosses, the hole is blocked by the mains running accross it (in the outside of the grommet).
     
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    It will work on soft strings, you just have to grip the string real close to the grommet and just push a little a time.

    I use the awl too to push the string down. When I combine it with the needle nose push on the other end I can be real gentle and never have a problem.
     
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    Now I understand. A pathfinder awl might help you out. I am not familiar with that racket but if they are anthing like the O3 white not only does a main block the hole but the tie off is on another cross string that goes through the grommet sideways. I find it easier to try to get both the tie off and the cross string in the hole before I pull tension on the cross.

    Irvin
     
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    They have an orange and light gray O3 boomerang the dark gray and red are for the EXO3 rackets. If you have two of the red ones hang on to them. Some day when they run out again they may be worth something. LOL

    Irvin
     
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    yeah, they sent me two identical grey ones for O3's and the two for exo3 that you mentioned.

    no orange...

    which one of these is to be used for the O3 SP Black (my current sticks)?
    likely the orange one..

    if so, i'll keep on braking or might try the 50/50.
     
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    I have no idea. You should know by now I am a 50/50 stringer. I think I need to sell the extra brake pads that came with my stringer. I never use the break.

    Irvin
     
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    yeah, yeah..i know. no worries!

    thanks again!
     
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  34. struggle

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    i'm in need (desire) of the orange boomerang tool. anyone have one they'd be willing to part with?

    i have two of the grey ones, i'd be willing to trade if need be.

    thanks!
     
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