How to begin a string job?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by spirit, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. spirit

    spirit Rookie

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    OK, I got my new Gamma x-2 machine. I set it up nicely. Got an old racquet to practice on (Head Pure Competition), got the string pattern from the Silent Partner web site, read directions and watched the video on the Silent Partner web site. But I'm still not sure what to do. It looks like I start by looping the string through the two center holes (1 T). But then what do I do? I see in the video that I am supposed to clamp the strings together, but I can't see how that accomplishes anything. There will be no tension on the strings at that point. When do I put a string in the string tensioner? I just don't get the concept.

    I think the best thing for me to do is to watch someone string a racquet (not the video, it proceeds too fast and doesn't provide a good view of what the stringer is doing). I'll probably catch on to the concept once I watch someone do it. After all, this is not rocket science.
     
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  2. Radical Shot

    Radical Shot Semi-Pro

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    First thing to do when stringing a racquet is to crack a nice, cold beer. Make sure you have another one close by.

    Next, you're going to need a way to clamp one of those strings. If you're using flying clamps, I suspect you'll need a starting clamp to hold one of the strings. Tension the other one.
     
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  3. dancraig

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    The only dropweight I've used is the Klippermate. I'm assuming it's the same. Clamp those two strings together, then go to the other end of the racquet and make your first pull using the tension arm.
     
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  4. Owfred

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    After you clamp the strings, take the shorter side and put it through the next grommet and it should end back at the throat. now tension that string, and use your other clamp on your newly tensioned main and the one next to it.
     
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  5. Jon Terminator

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    I've got the klippermate manual scanned, so if you need it just e-mail me. It should help.
     
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  6. theace21

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    Someone once posted that the Silent Partner web site has some video demostrations. That might help...
     
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  7. spirit

    spirit Rookie

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    This and other responses I got have been helpful. I think I'm beginning to get it. Once I loop the string through the #1 mains at the throat, I clamp them together, and then tension one of these strings (do I put this string through the #1 mains at the head before tensioning it?). Not sure what I would do next. I still think I need to observe someone doing it, someone from whom I can ask questions as they do it. A visit to the local pro shop or tennis facility may be in order.
     
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  8. rfprse

    rfprse Professional

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    Here's a link to the site theace21 mentioned.
    http://www.sptennis.com/video.asp
    Watching the video "stringing an entire racquet with estringer" there wouldn't hurt.
     
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