Do you stencil your racquet?

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  1. Renfrow

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    The thread about judging a player based on the clothing and equipment he chooses to use got me thinking. . . Do you either yourself or have your stringer stencil your racquet? Do you think this action is telling of a person or their ability the way most everyone thought about the clothes they wore?
     
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  2. David123

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    i normally don't but i may start.
     
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  3. jim e

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    Are you really asking what you posted about stencil a racquet, or are you really asking about stencil the strings?

    No I do not stencil the strings on my racquet.I'm sure that the pro's have no choice as they most likely get paid to do so, but I prefer not to.Stencil or not it says nothing about the player's ability.
     
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  4. Vyse

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    Yah sometimes, I think it looks cool.
     
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  5. struggle

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    no, i do not.
    my new rackets (demos) came prestrung/stenciled. can't wait to get rid of them.

    added expense and no added income.

    silly2me.
     
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  6. Netspirit

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    I do. It's a 1-minute job, and I get similar satisfaction from it as I get from stringing it, wrapping an overgrip and applying a head tape.

    It also makes the stringbed look detailed, professional and complete. Empty stringbed looks boring and unfinished.

    I also believe racket paintjobs are all designed with the respective stencil in mind.
     
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  7. schenkelini

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    No, because then people think that you bought a junk factory strung racked.
     
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  8. struggle

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    if you bought your racket(s) due to the paintjob, i can easily see why you'd also want a stencil. those of us that don't care about a stencil likely don't care what our racket(s) look like either, but rather what they play like. same as the strings.

    it's purely a vanity thing.

    apples and oranges.
     
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  9. djokovicgonzalez2010

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    No, but I will start soon
     
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  10. pmacino

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    no...too much work. :)
     
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  11. nCode747

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    The Roger Federer logo looks really cool on a racquet
     
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  12. struggle

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    just get a few RF patches for your mom to sew on your shirts.

    then, she doesn't have to re-do it everytime you break a string.
     
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  13. flashfire276

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    Sometimes. But for my Babolat, I just use sharpie and go along with the 2 lines.
     
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  14. Netspirit

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    No, I did not buy my racket due to the paintjob.
    Yes, I do care about good design and professional appearance.

    Heck, I even take a shower from time to time, even if it does not win me matches. )
     
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  15. hondas2k

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    for babolat racket, its easy as hell. i do it for fun.
     
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  16. flashfire276

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    Heck yea it is!
    I actually do it during class when I'm bored! XD
    My teacher really can't say anything cuz I still manage to keep up with my work.
     
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  17. schap02

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    Some stringers I know Stencil every racquet - I prefer to provide a new overgrip with every string job - except for guys who don't use them...

    I have all the stencils and ink to provide for sponsored Juniors and the rare occasion that someone asks for it but I've found the stencil ink to wear of too quicklly on all the hybrid applications and then clients compain abotu paint on the balls...
     
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  18. The_Question

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    No, I much rather not put ink on my natural gut strings...
     
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  19. 10ACE

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    NO- I would though stencil one- however the poly strings I use are Blue and or black- and the ink even if ones uses a lighter color doesn't bond well with the poly- very odd.
     
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  20. TripleB

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    No...tried it in the past...sometimes it looked good, other times the ink didn't hold to the string and it ran all over the place...if you do, simpler is better. The best one I had was a triangle which represent both my family at the time (me, wife, daughter) and the Trinity (Father/Son/Holy Ghost)...it was simple and looked good at the bottom of the racquet.

    Now I just view it as a waste of time and money (for me).

    TripleB
     
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  21. David123

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    hmm.. i still think it looks good :p
     
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  22. Slazenger07

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    I wanna get a Slazenger panther stencil now, never normally stensil my strings, have a feeling finding them is gonna be tough.
     
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  23. BajeDuane

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    I do not stencil my racket and I think I say nothing about a players ability.

    I hate when guys stencil a racket then come and play a match right after and get all the ink on the balls.
     
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  24. pvaudio

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    Or just a Fischer racquet.
     
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  25. pvaudio

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    And no. I don't buy expensive string (for a college student, chicken breasts are expensive so take this with a grain of salt haha!) just to slather paint on it and potentially change its characteristics. With something like a Babolat or Fischer where the stencil is nowhere near where you should be making contact, then it's no big deal. With my Dunlops, the dead center of the string bed is a big ass "D".
     
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  26. Netspirit

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    ^ racket stencil ink will not affect your strings (unlike some random paint)
     
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  27. zak425

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    I am about to start, I dont think I want to do the Wilson "W" maybe my initials. Got some design friends who might be willing to make some logos with my initials.
     
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  28. MichaelScottPaperCO

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    White usually works well for darker colors.
     
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  29. blaby

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    i like stenciling an x on the bottom of my racket, like Youzhny, cause i just learned multiplication and thought that was what it was meant to be
     
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  30. TennisNinja

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    Nope, never bothered to.
     
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  31. Bigtime

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    I like to stencil. I like the look.

    I have been lax lately though because I usually think of it too close to a match & I figure I 'll wait so the ink will have more time to dry and thus create less transfer to the ball. I then play a few too many times with the nat. gut and then I don't want to ink after fraying because it will look sloppy.

    I'll have to get back to it in the future.
     
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  32. Tennis_Man

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    No, my strings will just pop in a couple hrs. The stencil ink cost money and for me isn't worth it.
     
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  33. David123

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    actaully ive decided on not stenciling lol. Waste of time.
     
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  34. 10ACE

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    It's odd white will sort of turn into grey and almost eat off the color- of MSV strings- no idea why this happens
     
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  36. PBODY99

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    I do. As I try out various strings, it helps me keep track by including the string companies logo.
     
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  37. Overheadsmash

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    Never stencil. I like a nice, clean-looking stringbed. In fact, no one at my club stencils their racquets either.
     
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  38. SirGounder

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    Sometimes I do just for the heck of it. I like putting a bullseye on just for kicks.
     
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  39. A_Chong

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    I used to stencil my racquets, but then I found it useless since the paint would also come off anyway. But when I used to stencil it, I would use different brands. Eg. A Wilson racquet with a Head symbol (just for the fun of it LOL)
     
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  40. RogerRacket111

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    I don't. The first thing that I think when I see someone with stencil is they bought a cheap racket, not broken their strings ever, they are going to mess up my balls with lines, pretentious, self-conscious, they don't get paid to put it on. In any case I try to avoid them.
     
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  41. kato669

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    I do if I've got my active (dried up tip) stencil ink bottle primed (from a client or friend who wants a stencil) Otherwise I don't bother since I break or change strings too often to make it worth the time.
     
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  42. kato669

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    I trend to agree. It's the indicator of a store bought, pre-strung racket definitely.
     
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  43. Totai

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    Wow, you got issues
     
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  44. RogerRacket111

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    I also don't get people wearing a cap backwards or indoor courts :) I think they must be trying to cover something. We all have issues :)
     
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  45. Big_Dangerous

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    Indoor Courts, you don't get them? Well if you live in climates where it gets brutally hot and humid especially at mid day I bed it'd be nice to go indoors and play, plus if you live where it rains a lot, then your tennis matches don't get washed out.

    I don't play indoors, but I'm just saying there are days when playing indoors might be nice.
     
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