How much string do I need for a 16x20 ?

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  1. jstasak

    jstasak New User

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    Just wondering how much string (in feet) I would need to string both the crosses (20) and the mains (16) for my racket ?

    I have some leftover strings and wanted to make sure I had enough to string either the crosses or mains before I started.

    Thanks
     
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  2. aggietex08

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    Knowing the headsize of your racquet or the exact model would help.
     
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  3. Carolina Racquet

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    For your specific racquet, you should be able to find the length needed by visiting the web site for some stringing machines. There's a good inventory at KlipperUSA's website...

    www.klipperusa.com

    The amount of string will depend not only on the string pattern, but the size of your racquet/shape of your racquet head.
     
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  4. Speed Kat

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    maybe 21 feet for the crosses and 19.5 for the mains? Not sure actually.. good luck
     
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  5. TennisNinja

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    Also depends a bit on how stretchy the string is.
     
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  6. CrispyFritters

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    You could also loose weave it (without tensioning) to see if you have enough. If you're short a little bit, remember that string stretches....which might get you there.
     
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  7. brownbearfalling

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    I wouldn't recommend this. Although it would work, it is pretty time consuming and you are going to get a pretty inaccurate measurement.

    If you want to be safe, go with 40 feet. That is the length of strings that are individually packaged by manufacturers.

    The exact length of string you need is going to vary with type of string, tension and, the type of stringer you are using. stringers with linear griping tension heads take less string than stringers with rotational grippers.

    So give us some more details if you want an answer before you string. But the best way to find out for yourself is trial and error.
     
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  8. parasailing

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    Like others have said, what is the head racquet size but I think anything under 100sq inch, you could get away with 36 feet of string whether that's a one piece or two piece string job.

    I have gotten down to 34 feet but that cuts it quite close as I had to use a starting clamp to bridge with another string.
     
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  9. SirGounder

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    I normally cut 37 to 38 feet out of a reel for a 98 sq inch 16x20. With polys I have come up short and used a bridge. With a multi or syn gut, I have always had enough. It was sickening to throw the extra 5 to 6 feet away when I was using individual packets. If you don't have a starting clamp and you are using a dropweight machine, I really wouldn't chance coming up short.
     
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  10. The_Question

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    This really depends on the headsize of the racquet itself...example, a classic Black Ace 98 wouldn't be the same as the Big Bubba, yes?
     
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  11. parasailing

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    Definitely depends on the head size of the racquet. Each main and cross would have to be longer and it adds up when you consider the string pattern. I could get away with 32 or 33 feet of string for a KPS 88 but as I switched racquets to a 98sq in., I had to adjust to 34 or 35 for added leeway.

    I agree regarding the waste of 5 feet plus of string especially if you buy a reel of the string, you can pre-measure and cut to the exact amount reducing waste and reducing the cost of each string job.
     
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