Fast Way to Measure String?

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  1. khuang

    khuang New User

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    Hi!

    Does anybody have any tips or tricks to measuring string? It's taking me an awfully long time for me to measure 20 or 40 feet since all of strings come in reels :(

    Thanks!
     
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  2. YULitle

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    Your wingspan is supposed to be the same as your height. So, I'm 6' tall, and I take 6 wingspans out of a reel to get 36', and then do a little bit short of a wingspan to do the remaining 4'.

    Ruler works too.
     
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  3. Schwiz

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    Hold a measuring tape in your right hand. Place your right hand on your right breast. Pull the tape with your left hand to see how long that is. Now you know how long one of your arm pulls is. Mine is 3 feet on the money. So I usually to 6-7 pulls off of a reel depending on the racket for the mains and 6 pulls always for the crosses. This is very quick and as long as you always hold the string in your right hand on your right breast and pull with your left you will always measure correctly.
     
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  4. mellofelow

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    ^ +1... 2 piece hybrid for me. So on a typical 100 sq frame, 16x19 pattern, 3 wing span plus a little more for slack is enough for mains. 3 wing spans minus a little for cross. Never fails.
     
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  5. anirut

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    The tip of my middle finger to my other arm's shoulder is 1 meter.
     
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  6. Bash and Crash

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    I just use use my front door, or door at work, they are 36" and just measure off there, almost as fast as using string meter on machine and actually more acurate since there is always a 10-12" or so still in machine after cutting.
     
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  7. Loco4Tennis

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    this is by far the easiest method,very quick and dirty, measure your wing span by pulling a tape measurer 1 time to find out what yours is, once you know this, pull as many times as you need to get close to the measurement you need, 20' or 40', once you are close, just measure 1' increments, my machine has a 1' sticker ruler, but if it didn't i would mark it and use it

    because i know my wing span by now (5'), i was able to use it to pick up some rubber hose material this mroning at the hardware store without having to call people to help and measure for me, i measured the 10' i needed and off i went, very comvenient measuring trick :)
     
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  8. iplaybetter

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    i do 7 wing spans for a full job, or i do 3 and a mid fopr a halve job
     
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  9. SonRK

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    I have 20feet of Kevlar string that I use as reference to measure string.

    Just eyeball more or less depending on how much more or less you need
     
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  10. kenshireen

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    I taped a yardstick to my workdesk and I just just drag the line across the yardstick 13 times. If you don't have yardstick you can measure 3 feet or five feet from the edge of the table and put a piece of tape and do the same as with the yardstick
     
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  11. chrisplchs

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    most racquets are about 27-28 inches long so 2 1/4 to 2 1/3 feet in length. use the racquet that is already mounted on the machine. 9 racquet lengths gets you between 20.25-21 feet in length
     
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  12. psp2

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    What racquet are you stringing?
     
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  13. Eric4

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    its definitely worth measuring your wingspan before just assuming its the same, my wingspan is 5 inches longer so you will just be wasting string. we use the table that the string is on which is 3'
     
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  14. YULitle

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    I've tested it a couple thousand times. ;)
     
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  15. Loco4Tennis

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    not only is it different for everyone, but also even tough my wing span is provably 5'6" from fingertip to finger tip, because thats how tall i am, what i measure is what i can hold comfortably, which is about 6" shorter, this includes my wrist being slighttly bent when i grip the end of the line on my left hand and then run the 5 feet i need until i outstretch my arms and also bent that wrist to pinch the string with my right hand

    i have also tested this several times just to make sure, but the outcome is always the same or very close to it to where its but an inch or so diff.
     
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  16. armsty

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    I use the wingspan method. I'm 5'10" and I usually do 7 wingspans for a full job. 3 and a bit over a half for a mains and 3 and just under a half for crosses.
     
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  17. ced

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    Chris has it right

    Nine racquet lengths for the mains and eight for the crosses (with enough extra to be sure)
     
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  18. psp2

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    Depending on the string pattern and the headsize of a racquet, you're wasting string, IMHO.

    IME, EVERY midplus frames with 16 mains only require 8.5 racquet pulls. 18 or 19 crosses only require 7.5 racquet pulls with enough string to reach the tension head on a Star 5. Manual crank require even less since you can really move the tension head right up to the frame.

    When I string my PS85, I can get away with 7 and 6.5 racquet pulls, respectively. That's saving at least 5' of string for each time.

    Here are some data from memory.

    All Babolat PD/APD (16x19): 8.5/7.5 racquet length pulls
    All Wilson Open/Surge/KPro (16/19): same as above
    All Wilson 6.1 (16x18 ): 8.25/7.25
    All Wilson MP (18x20) including NPS/6.1Team: 8.75/8.5
     
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  19. Bud

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    I use my coffee table... It's 4 ft. long.
     
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  20. chrisplchs

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    you're right I am wasting string but I can't remember the last time I strung off reels for my recreational players. Majority of them uses Sensation, Gut, PSG or bring me their own kind of strings and if I have 5 extra feet of string left from a set, there really isn't much use for it. Even among the recreational players, I get very few super oversize racquets so I don't have to measure out 22' mains and the only reel I carry is ALU as that is what I use and can get dirty cheap.

    if you aren't stringing off reels and have a non-super oversize racquet that you want to two piece then you could just find the mid point of the 40' set and just cut there, giving you two 20' long pieces.
     
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  21. jim e

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    The typical racquet is 27 inches long.
    9 racquet lenghts= 20.25 feet=most mains,
    8 racquet lenghts = 18 feet= most crosses.
    Easiest to measure that once racquet is mounted on machine.
     
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  22. mdjenders

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    my dining table is a couple inches short of 4 feet, so I just sit beside it and use that as my guide. takes less than a minute to measure the length and cut.
     
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  23. vsgut

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    tip

    4 lengths of the frame is 9 ft
     
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  24. crocon

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    My wingspan is about 6'7 so its easy to measure about 6' at a time which works well. For the mains I do 3x6' and take a couple inches off, and for crosses I do 2x6' and 1x3' and then add a couple inches. I found this to be the quickest way for me.
     
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  25. LoveThisGame

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    Like kenshireen, I have a 3 foot length, in my case from an old measuring tape, taped to my nearby work table. Fast and accurate. Like what they do in fabric stores. I thought of this early in my stringing career, which began in 1984, and never changed because it works well.
     
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  26. Il Mostro

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    Damn good idea.
     
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