Inhouse stringing problems

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by lionel_101, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. Tamiya

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    I wrap all base grips normally but southpaws get overgrip done mirrored

    Some over grips can be bought lefty eg W Pro OG
    but the finishing tape is unchanged.
     
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  2. Irvin

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    I dont think ive seen an over grip that can be bought lefty, what do you mean?
     
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  3. Tamiya

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    Wilson Pro does, friend scored some lefty rolls in white somewhere in Asia.
    Have seen some in 3pk card packaging too sometime back.


    I just apply some regulars upside down or Tourna comes uncut so that's easy.
    Haha I'm germophobic so any friends racquet that comes in for work
    I usually ripoff their sweaty dirty grip first thing and apply fresh OG
    and a quick cleanup before I handle it much more.
     
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  4. Irvin

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    The Wilson Pro grip has a sticky section on the bottom with the right side tapered and instruction on the back of the card for wrapping for rightie. I trim the top section also. If wrapping for leftie I have trimmed it so I can wrap the grip starting from the opposite end of the stickie section.
     
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  5. am1899

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    I actually saw the lefty wilson overgrip one time. I bought a set for a lefty tennis buddy of mine. (I find lefties sometimes have a chip on their shoulder...). ;)
     
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    If you google lefty wilson pro overgrip, you'll find them.
     
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  7. Irvin

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    Thanks I never knew they were available. But at about two times the price of the value packs no thanks.
     
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  8. Irvin

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    Nothing complicated about it at all just takes a little or or you may end up with something like this:
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    By the way the person own owns this racquet plays tennis right handed but writes left handed. When I asked they said only their fine motor skill (like writing and grip installation - which require eye hand coordination) they did left handed, while gross motor skills (like playing tennis or throwing a ball) were done right handed.
     
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    Irvin, because I throw balls and other items with my left hand, shouldn't I be playing with that hand?
     
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  10. am1899

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    Interesting to note - my wife plays left handed. For years her dad (who is right handed) re-gripped her racquet in right handed fashion. When i first met her, i put an overgrip on for her in left handed fashion...she actually noticed and hated it....lol
     
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    In other words, she's a left handed player with a right handed grip.
     
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  12. Irvin

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    Absolutely not only weird people do things left handed. LOL
     
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    Okay, so Rafael Nadal and the several hundred thousand to millions of left-handed tennis players are weird.

    :lol:
     
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  14. Irvin

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    Every single one of them just ask Roger Federer if you don't want to take my word for it. LOL And BTW Rafa is right handed it is Tony that made him weird.
     
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  15. Ronaldo

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    Setting up an in-house stringing service is like the service sporting goods stores like ***** has. Buy a stringer and have an MRT come in once a week to string.
     
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  16. CurrenFan

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    Yes, correct.
     
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  17. Ronaldo

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    Weird that Masha was not trained as a natural lefty. Maybe Dual-Hand Maria?
     
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    Federer is not a credible source. That is hearsay.

    No, Nadal prefers playing left handed. Ask Clarky. You'll see the same response.
     
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  19. lionel_101

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    Sort of strange...

    The customer who complained the most about the bad string jobs being done on his racquets, was offer 1/2 off of the next string job and he gladly accepted it. Go figure...

    Btw, the club decided not to do anything to improve things, but just to keep doing the same old way.
     
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    Even stranger....

    Manager got a list of the members that string other members racquets (me included). He then (I gather) proceeded to talk with each and told them..

    1. They could not string other members racquets, even if the transaction was done off of the club's property.

    2. If a member asked another member to restring their racquet, the stringing member must first tell them to go and see him and give him reasons why they are not using the club stringer.

    3. He wants all members to have their racquets restrung by the club stringer only.

    4. He didn't come out and say it directly, but hinted that members restringing for other members (including their spouses) could lose their memberships.

    What do you guys think about this? Have they gone off the deep end ? Can they actually get away saying and doing these things?
     
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    Roll eyes, gag, barf

    Just keep the stringing practices on the down low...

    Manager either needs to step up the string game or just drop the service
     
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    in some countries that practice will land you in jail.

    http://www.accc.gov.au/business/anti-competitive-behaviour

    heck I live in a nanny state, but on occasion nanny helps too :twisted:
     
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  23. Irvin

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    Nothing wrong with that it is called Blacklisting and it is the American way we have been doing it since the 40's. Some lists are legal and some aren't. But as I understand it he hasn't done anything yet except talk and compile his list of stringers.

    Many clubs charge a monthly fee for membership and without that fee they go belly up. Other clubs want to offer services to guests and force members to spend money every month in the pro shop and snack bar to keep those departments open and provide services to their members. Nothing wrong with that.

    There is one large neighborhood near me with a large tennis facility. Part of your membership includes a $25 charge for tennis strings once a year. If you want it strung more than once you pay for each additional service. If you don't want to use the service that's fine too as long as you pay the $25. Nothing wrong with that.

    The way I see it the Club and the Pro have an agreement (or contract) and management is trying to live up to that agreement. If other members have issues with services being offered by either the club or the pro you should stay out of it.

    My wife and two friends went out to eat last weekend and spent about $20 (drinks, tax, and tip) just for four soft drinks. Now don't you think you could sell a lot of drinks to customers walking in the door? You would also save THEIR customers a lot of money and you could make a pretty penny in the process. Try it and see what happens.
     
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  24. Ronaldo

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    Any other clubs in your area?
     
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  25. lionel_101

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    Yes, Irvin we all have the option to quit any club and go elsewhere to play, if we don't like what is going on and the club keeps what we paid for the year. That is the way of life in America, love it or leave it.

    I have a couple of months left on my membership and I can decide to stay or not. If I leave the club, my friends at the club will still seek me out to do their racquets. Considering that I string their racquets for the cost of the strings only and do a very good job of it. Yup, I do it to just kill time and no other reason.

    I can't even imagine how any club could enforce such a crazy idea. How will the club even know when some one break strings and then go outside (to a local tennis/sport store for example) to have them restrung.

    Will the club check our racquets as you enter the club and check them again when you leave? Will they stencil every member's racquets with a special club logo. Will they have a goon type squad of employees stationed on every court going through the member's gear? If they find one, do they confiscate the offending racquet, cut the strings out and take it immediately to the pro shop for restringing and charge the bad member a $100.00 fine plus cost of the restringing.

    What is next? You can only use balls that the pro shop sells at 10.00 each or tennis shoes at 200.00 or head bands at 15.00 or put on an over-grip for 20.00 and so on down the line.

    Yes, I am just being a silly willy now, as the whole thing the manager/owner at our club is trying to do is weird to all of us. His rent is going up, he can't bring in enough new members, can't afford to maintain workout equipment or locker rooms or other basic services correctly and now thinking having a few more racquets restrung a month at the club is going to help save his sorry behind.
     
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  26. lionel_101

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    Yes, there are a few clubs nearby that I could join if I wanted too. In fact, I restring for other friends at all these clubs as well. We all started out at one club and over time went to newer or closer clubs to our homes.

    Once your friends know you can string and can do it right and it's basically free, they will keep in contact.
     
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  27. Tamiya

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    you're working too cheap matey
     
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    It's silly, and if (enough) people lose their memberships, I'd think it'd be reasonable to be taking a hard look at any paperwork I signed to join the club with a lawyer. Will it happen? Eh, who knows. It's a really stupid decision by management, though.
     
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    Personally, I think it was a lot of mumbo jumbo talk to try and scare off the members like me who restring for friends in the club and to scare other members from asking us to string their racquets.

    I only have a month left, so it doesn't bother me any. I will still be discrete and just do everything outside of the club.

    Had a big stir at the club yesterday. Seems that to raise money, they are raising all yearly memberships that come due by 35 percent.

    Desperate people due desperate things.
     
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    I think of it as hobby and doing good deeds for friends. Only thing I care about is that they pay for the strings and give me a thank you and handshake. :)
     
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    still...you are worth more than the cost of string
     
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    T'is a sinking ship matey. Be ready to jump deck.

    Got another club/s within less than 30min drive? High chance that
    jack up your rates by a third, your member numbers could halve.

    How much do you pay anyways, for the sake of curiosity.
     
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  33. lionel_101

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    I pay a yearly rate of $550.00 it is going up close to $740.00.

    Another club closer to my home has a yearly rate for seniors at $400.00 so might go there. Just have to make new friends and find new partners to play with.
     
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    Gee that's ex :shock: what do you get for your $$?

    Here downunder in oz most clubs in suburbs are about A$200-250pa for single,
    maybe $400-550 for a family with kids. Closer to city maybe $400 for single.
    That'll be a club with 4-10 courts either hard, carpet or clay; small clubhouse.
    You get to play anytime (some charge extra for lights use), some do weekly
    socials or Tourneys free & special comps may have small entry fee.

    Mind ye, we pay A$300 for a decent new stick :|
     
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  35. lionel_101

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    Well, I get an old club building, 1 men's and 1 women's bathroom for the entire building. Old run down lockers, old plumbing (sinks/showers/toilets), small dry sauna and 7 courts to play on. Good side, a big TV, wifi and gym equipment to excerise on. It was a nice place...40 years ago.
     
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  36. Ronaldo

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    Any indoor courts?
     
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  37. lionel_101

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    no indoor courts.
     
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  38. am1899

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    The club I work for charges ~ $150 / month for a single membership. Granted, the facility is top notch...but still.
     
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  39. Ronaldo

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    What do you get for $1800/yr?
     
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    Let's see...fitness (weights, bikes, etc.), basketball court, outdoor pool & hot tub, spinning room, yoga / pilates, mxt, men's women's and family locker rooms, squash...i'm probably missing a few things...but for the most part, all of this is included in membership.

    Tennis is not included, except for court time fees in the summer months. There are indoor courts and outdoor courts.

    There is also a full service spa, 2 cafes, and a pro shop on site. There is even valet parking in the colder months.
     
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    The club I work at in the summer charges 140 dollars a season and that includes your court fees! So you could be playing seven days a week, upwards of 4-5 hours a day if you're playing in different groups. We offer a round robyn that is free every morning, a tournament at the end of the season and they're some of the only clay courts around. It's an older crowd, this year the pro said we need to up the fee from 140 to 150. People legit were up in arms and ready to leave the club.. over ten bucks.. blows my mind.
     
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  42. Ronaldo

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    How many courts? And how does $150 cover the cost of preparing the courts and buying the materials for the season?
     
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    By using magic of course! How did you not know that?
     
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    So it is $150 a month plus the cost of using the tennis facilities? You're getting scammed here. Do you even use any of the other services?
     
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  45. Ronaldo

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    The cost of the tennis facilities is permanent court time. Wonder if it includes walk-on privileges?
     
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    There are only three clay courts. Small facility and it's outdoor, so only in the summer is it open. As to how those funds are allocated and spread out to make the place function, I am not privy to that information. It is a small private club which is part of the township so maybe its partially subsidised? I just thought the small bump was laughable to hem and haw over.
     
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  47. Ronaldo

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    Laughable until your dues double in a few years.
     
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    sounds like a bunch of BS. it's not as if you're giving private lessons on club courts. you can string whomevers racket you feel like, especially for free....you're not even making money.

    if you reach into your cooler and hand another member a beer do they threaten that you all must buy "food items" from the snack bar next to the unused pro-shop?
     
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  49. am1899

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    I work there...so I don't pay $150 / month. Part of my compensation for working there includes a family membership to the club.

    Free walk-on's only truly exist in the summer months. Other than that, members pay for the court time - regardless of whether they booked the court in advance, or if they walk on.

    There are 10 indoor and 10 outdoor courts.
     
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  50. Ronaldo

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    No walk-on when the court is empty? You cannot be serious!
     

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