Does it matter much if you miss out the top and/or bottom crosses?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Torres, May 12, 2013.

  1. Torres

    Torres Banned

    Jan 1, 2011
    Broke some strings recently when trying off the knot which resulted a missing top cross on one racquet and a missing bottom cross on another racquet.

    The one with the top cross missing didn't seem to play much different. The one with the missing bottom cross felt a bit softer in the lower half of the string but not significantly so.

  2. fgs

    fgs Hall of Fame

    Jan 29, 2007
    Vienna, Austria
    happens every now and then - the stringbed will basically be just a tad softer since there can be more deflection. nothing really to worry about in regard to tensions on the frame.

    happened to me too recently when i cut the crosses too short for one of my back-up sticks, so i was forced to leave the bottom cross out.
  3. corners

    corners Legend

    Jul 31, 2008
    I've never had this happen, but on many racquets the top cross is very close to the tip while the bottom cross is kind of far from the throat. That top cross has always looked kinda useless to me. :) Travlerajm has experimented with omitting the outer mains and upper/bottom crosses. You can then string tighter and enjoy the advantages outlined in the first post of this thread:

    I haven't tried it myself. The "Lendl setup" creates a similar effect.
  4. tball

    tball Semi-Pro

    Sep 3, 2004
    It is even officially used on some racquets. I believe Kneissl had variable pattern racquets -- 18x21 or 16x19. This is achieved by simply skipping outermost strings. I believe Black Star is one of those racquets.
  5. The Meat

    The Meat Hall of Fame

    Aug 9, 2012
    Yes, if you miss a cross in my experience, the area where the missing cross feels like its lost a lot of tension. Whenever I break a cross before tying it off, I rip out about 3 crosses before the break and tie off from there, then I take a new piece of string and string the rest. You lose a bit of tension and it may feel a little heavier to some, but it's better than missing an entire cross.
  6. travlerajm

    travlerajm Hall of Fame

    Mar 14, 2006
    I have blade strung as a 16x20 since the outer mains are so close to the frame.

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