Dunlop Black Widow - very evil to string

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  1. GrandSlam45

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    I'm not a professional stringer... I string my own racquets with a Klippermate but usually have no problems. I wanted to try Dunlop Black Widow, so I attempted to string it myself... bad idea!

    This string is the most difficult string I've ever tried. It's razor sharp, and when it came time to tie the first knot, I must have pulled the knot too tight and the string cut into itself. After weaving the first couple of crosses, the string broke!

    Has anyone had trouble with this string? I'm hesitant to try it again for fear of encountering the same problem. How can you tie a knot with super stiff poly that's razor sharp?
     
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  2. Doubles

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    When it comes to tying knots you just need to be careful. I've strung B5E, BHB7, Black Code, and a few other sharp edged polys. What's important is that you need to tie the knot slowly making sure the strings don't cut into each other.
     
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  3. cluckcluck

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    Patience is key when stringing. You're not a tour stringer so there is no need to finish in 12 minutes. Probably better if you took an hour to finish a string job than to rush through it and ruin a $15 set of string.
     
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  4. Irvin

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    Richard Parnell just uploaded some videos that shows how to tie a Parnell knot. Check them out and see just how much tension he puts on the string when tightening it. If you are using a starting knot try his Universal ATW pattern. If you have a starting clamp or start pin use the Parnell for all four knots.

    Too many people think you need too much pressure to get your knots tight.
     
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  5. Wikky

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    Definitely agree with Irvin. When tying knots its definitely not how much pressure you apply but the direction and leverage you have when applying it. Watch the video he's talking about and you'll be able to see how easy Richard makes it look even though he's using a poly.
     
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  6. Carolina Racquet

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    I've strung a lot of edged/twisted poly and never had one break on me. I use Parnell knots and I've learned that you don't need to over-tighten them to be effective.

    One you get use to the coil memory and how to handle it more effectively, stringing poly is as easy as most any other string.
     
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  7. GrandSlam45

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    Thanks guys for the tips... I will check out Parnell's knots tutorial.

    I definitely wasn't rushing though... it still takes me 90 minutes to string with poly on a Klippermate, lol.
     
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  8. zapvor

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    been stringing black widow and yea its tougher to weave.
     
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  9. Towerofpower205

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    This is the only string that has broken on me while stringing
     
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  10. zapvor

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    maybe i will youtube one of me doing black widow next time.........
     
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