if i mount the racket right on a klippermate, can the racket deform?

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  1. IwishIwasbetter

    IwishIwasbetter Rookie

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    If i string my racket on a klippermate machine with the racket mounted correctly, what are the chances of any deformation of my racket occuring? Thank you
     
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  2. IwishIwasbetter

    IwishIwasbetter Rookie

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    also, on the silent partner swing, i see it has a 6 pt mounting system but people say its not as good as a true 6pt mounting system like the ones on more expensive machines, but i dont see how its not because even on true 6 pt mounting systems the four side posts you are supposed to only have touching the racket and not tight at all so shouldnt the 6 pt mounting system of the swing be just as secure?
     
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  3. Danstevens

    Danstevens Semi-Pro

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    There are many ways that you could deform a racket. Providing you mounted it properly in the Klippermate, you would reduce the risk of racket deformation but you could do a lot of other things that would still deform the frame. Basically, if you do everything properly (mount the racket well and string with good technique), it's unlikely the racket will deform.

    As for the "six point" mounting on the Swing, it is not proper six point support as the other 4 supports (the "fake" ones) are too close to the main, central supports to offer much extra. They don't go round the sides of the racket like proper six point mounts would so really, you don't gain much. Even with a two point machine, you're safe as long as you think about what you're doing. Equally, if you string with bad habits on a six point machine, you could still deform rackets.
     
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  4. Irvin

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    All six point mounts are not the same. There are two supports at 12 and 6 o'clock. On my machine there are two supports at 10 and 2 o'clock with one adjustment for both. There are another two supports at 8 and 4 o'clock with another one adjustment for both.

    When I mount my rackets I first have the 6 o'clock supports touching the rackets but not the 12 o'clock. I spin the adjustment to move both arms in at 8 and 4 o'clock. This action centers the racket so I can move the 12 o'clock support in then spin the 10 and 2 o'clock supports in. I then snug up all supports and the racket is perfectly centered. I think Gamma calls this a Self Centering Suspension Racket Mounting System. It works great and is very quick.

    Some 6 point machines have separate adjustments for each of the 4 side supports. It is possible to mount a frame off center and deform the racket because you start stringing the racket off center. If it is an aluminum frame (like a racquetball racket) it could be distorted to a point where it may not be able to correct it.

    But as long as your racket is mounted properly I agree the racket should not be distorted by the force of stringing. If it is a little off center the racket distorts a little.

    Many rackets have enough room between the top and bottom two center grommet holes to allow the racket to move back and forth just a little bit. If you adjust the arms for the side supports individually in to support the sides you will not center the racket if it is off center to start with. You end up stringing the racket a little off center. I seen this on a racket that came in to me not long ago. It looked like the handle did not line up properly with a center line drawn down through the center of the racket. After I took the strings out the racket looked normal and after it was strung it looked OK. Don't know if any permanent damage was done or not or how it really was deformed to start with.

    Irvin
     
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