Is stringing actually enjoyable?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Doctor of Tennis, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. Doctor of Tennis

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    Hello, I'm thinking of getting a stringing machine, but I'm wondering if it will be boring. I'm kinda lazy, especially at things that seem like a chore, haha. I've watched someone do it once, doesn't seem that fun....

    Do you guys actually like stringing in of itself or do you do it for another reason other than saving money?
     
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  2. Maui19

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    Stringing is a bit of a chore, but I like saving money and getting my string bed exactly the way I want it. I generally string while some kind of sports is on TV, so the time goes by quickly.
     
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  3. mikeler

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    I'm lazy too but for some odd reason, I enjoy stringing my own sticks.
     
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  4. MarrratSafin

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    +1!:)

    Plus I feel safest when stringing my own frames, this especially for people who are still using classic frames that are getting hard to find like me.
     
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  5. Dags

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    I do enjoy it. I might not feel that way if I had to make a living out of it, but when I can choose how many (or how few) racquets I do, I actually find the process fairly therapeutic.

    I rather liked the idea before I started, mind. If you have doubts, and aren't particularly interested in experimenting with different strings and tensions, then I wouldn't necessarily recommend leaping in with both feet. The amount of money I have invested would probably shock me if I ever tried to take stock of what's in my stringing box!
     
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  6. Lex

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    Ask around and see if a buddy has a machine. Maybe he/she could guide you through stringing a few frames on the machine. That would be a good start without buying your own machine.

    I certainly don't look forward to stringing but I like having the ability to customize my own frames.

    I also reload my own ammo and find it to be a chore at times.
     
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  7. pmata814

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    I really enjoy stringing. I'm always hoping that my strings will break or asking my brothers if they need their raquets restrung. It's kinda strange because even when I had to downgrade to the klippermate I found it incredibly annoying because of the cam system and the floating clamps, yet I still enjoyed stringing. I can't explain why :confused: I'm sure I'd feel differently if I had to do it as 'work for a living' sorta thing

    The thing is... in your case you're gonna want to test the waters with an inexpensive machine (in case you don't like it you didn't invest that much money). So you'll probably start with a machine with floating clamps, which is a LOT LESS enjoyable to string on than fixed clamps. So you'll probably get turned off to stringing quickly. Just my opinion of course.
     
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  8. colowhisper

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    I am a novice stringer and enjoy it a lot. Part of the appeal was learning about strings and frames and tensions. When I string up a racquet I really understand the touch and feel of a string; how it uncoils, how thick or slippery, and how hard it is to weave and feed and tie off, etc. I also learned to appreciate good and fresh string jobs and the ability to just "string up a racquet quick" before a hitting session to try some new strings. I have to admit being a bit of a "gear junkie" in all my sports and hobbies, but i can't imagine living without a stringer now.
     
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  9. JackB1

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    It takes a special kind of person to "enjoy" stringing.
    Whether or not that is YOU wont be known until you try it.
    It can be very boring and tedious to some and relaxing and fun to others.
    I am kind of in the middle. I don't mind it, but I don't look forward to stringing racquets.
     
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  10. Carolina Racquet

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    I enjoy stringing. It's a little theropeutic in a way... allowing you to put everything else to the side. Now I know why my mother would like to knit :)

    On top of that, being able to play with fresh strings when I want and not be told it's going to be 2 days or whatever is a plus. On top of that... save money too.

    If you're a serious tennis player, I think it's a no-brainer.
     
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  11. tball

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    I enjoyed stringing for the first year or two -- while it was all new to me. Lots of little challenges and tricks to learn. I also used to break a lot fewer strings back then.

    Now I am down to just a few racquets, a few strings -- which I string over and over again -- that old joy is definitely gone. The only thing that keeps it interesting is that new strings keep popping up every year. Which means new feels, new permutations, new experiments.
     
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  12. struggle

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    i enjoy it just as much as i enjoy changing the oil in my car. well, maybe abit more because it's easier to swill beer and watch tv/sports while stringing.

    in reality, it sucks BUT is extremely easy to do and is a huge money saver to boot.
     
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  13. Topspin101

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    Fun? I would say it is more "rewarding". I have always been a hands on guy involved in all aspects of the hobbies I enjoy. Examples: I fly fish so of course I tie my own flies. Hunting so I reload. Archery so I make my own arrows, etc. I string watching the Tennis Channel and will say I enjoy it a lot.
     
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  14. Ramon

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    I think that sums it up for me, too. The fun wears off after the first few string jobs, and then it's just rewarding. Also, the money isn't good unless you get a lot of clients and can do the job in under 20 minutes, which means you either compromise job quality or invest in a $5,000 machine. That's why I string mainly for myself and a few friends.
     
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  15. athiker

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    Similar to posts above. I enjoyed learning to string...less excited about actually doing it now. I string on a standard Klippermate which is fine but admit I am a bit envious of some of the machines fixed clamp/electronic machines I see in videos. Just doesn't make cost sense for me to buy one unless I were to start stringing for others...which I'm not.

    I think it would feel weird now to play with a racquet someone else strung. I like knowing exactly how it was strung. I also still like experimenting with different stringbed tensions and even string bed types...poly, hybrid and multi...I change with my mood and how I've been hitting lately...so its nice to be able to do that myself. I'll sometimes adjust tension I was planning just based on how a string feels in my hand after opening the package...stiffness, springiness, etc.

    Its worth learning if for nothing else to feel more connected to your racquet...may sound a bit goofy...but I think its true. (*Yes I realize Federer does not string his own racquets and does quite well...he also likely has a higher quality of stringer available to him than I do at the local sporting goods store or neighborhood kid).
     
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  16. Peppershaker

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    Therapeutic is a good term.

    Overall I have found stringing to be a relaxing experience. Yea there are times when it's been a chore either due to being in a rush, or a frame or string that Isn't the most pleasant but I find that it preoccupies my time, keeps me away from TV and the computer.

    A good machine though does make a difference. Started with an X2 (fine to begin with), moved to a Stringway ML100 and there is most effeminately a difference.
     
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  17. beernutz

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    I would never say that it is fun to string but it is rewarding knowing you are doing the job right and saving money on top of that.

    I homebrew beer and enjoy the heck out of drinking what I make and sharing it with my friends. However, I enjoy cleaning up after a brew session or cleaning out tap lines and kegs not so much. The same advantages I listed above for stringing apply though.
     
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  18. cluckcluck

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    I enjoy stringing a lot. I prefer to string. It's an art.
     
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  19. Squidward

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    The enjoyment is when the customer smiles and is satisfied.

    That being said, I do look forward to doing every racquet. It's sorta like golf. No matter how many times you do it, it's always a challenge. No two racquets (or courses) are the same. Even the ones you do several times...and yes, I have enjoyed learning and performing the art of stringing.
     
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  20. mrmike

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    It became less fun today when I tried to string up some monogut zx16 and snapped it two different times and tossed the remains in the trash. :mad:
     
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    Oh my God, yes it's enjoyable! I would love to do one or two a day, just for fun. I really enjoy doing this kind of precision work. .. I used to mess around with mechanical clocks and felt the same focus pleasure.
     
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  22. Doctor of Tennis

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    Mikeler: I'm surprised you'd confess to being "lazy" since you obviously put in a lot of work in the "multis" review thread (which I have read and appreciate). I guess you are never too lazy to do what you love.

    So seems like some of you guys genuinely like doing it while some tolerate it.

    The reason I'm interested in stringing is because I'd like to experiment with different strings and tensions, it's simply too time consuming (and costly) to have someone else do it.

    If I would like to get a machine, which one should I get so that stringing would not be such a terrible tedious experience and also at a reasonable cost?

    Thanks.
     
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  23. 1HandedBackhand

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    I love it as I am a bit obsessive compulsive perfectionist so I am always trying to do the next one better. I even bought an old Klippermate a few months ago because I feel its probably the most challenging machine out there. I personally would rather take my time and do the job right than have someone try to crank it out in 15 minutes with no telling what kind of consistency, but that's just me........:)
     
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  24. Ronaldo

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    Strings snap often?
     
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  25. pmata814

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    I recommend you get one with fixed clamps if you can afford it. It really makes a big difference. A gamma dropweight like the x-6fc will run you $509. There are people here with a lot more experience that can chime in on the subject though. :)
     
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  26. GlenK

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    I really enjoy stringing and helping my customers play their best tennis. It's pretty cool to do research and suggest strings and/or tensions that really help guys.
    I had one guy with arthritis in is wrist who was about to give up tennis. I suggested Mantis Comfort Synthetic and strung it 5lbs lower than his normal tension.

    He loves it and still tells me how much he appreciated the advice. Little things like that are rewarding.
     
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  27. Maui19

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    I agree. I string with flying clamps and I think fixed clamps would take much of the drudgery out of stringing.
     
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  28. Carolina Racquet

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    I've strung on both, and I don't see flying clamps as a big hassle once you get used to handling them. I find that clamping crosses are more frustrating with flying, but I combat that by clamping from the top of the stringbed. For me, makes it much easier.
     
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    For me, initially I thought I did it to save money and took it as an opportunity to try out new strings at the same time.

    But as I progressed, it's rather relaxing because, I end up not thinking about anything else that I have to do otherwise. Otherwise, I end up missing a skip, or jumping a weave, etc.

    But once I got the hang of it, it's like a trade or art, you get better at it with experience and learning from experts such as Yulitle and Irvin.
     
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  30. mikeler

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    The highlighted text sums it up well. To echo a few other thoughts in this thread, I also find stringing therapeutic.
     
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  31. coolblue123

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    mikeler: Speaking of therapeutic, I think I sense quilt weaving as a hobby in your very near future. :)
     
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  32. mrmike

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    No this is the first time I've snapped string while tensioning in a long long time. My last full gut job went well also. The thing is that I use a cheap drop weight machine with flying clamps. I have never seen a string ever that elongates as much as MZX. I had to literally triple pull every time to get the drop weight to sit horizontal. I am sure that was a lot of the problem. I don't think I'd be willing to take another chance at stringing that stuff unless I got a more sophisticated machine.
     
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  33. Ronaldo

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    Sweat the stretch with multis whenever I use a Stringway/Laserfibre dropweight with flying clamps. Plenty stretch but tend to allow 20-30 sec before clamping.
     
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  34. mikeler

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    Not gonna happen.
     
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  35. TennisCJC

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    Stringing is enjoyable in a weird sadistic kind of way.

    I like stringing my own rackets - sure to get what I want.

    It is more convenient as I can string a racket faster than I can drive somewhere, drop it off, go back and pay and pick it up.

    I can try any strings I want rather than what's available at the shop.

    I also save a lot of $ by avoiding labor and it take me less time to string vs driving to/from, drop off and pick up process at the local shop.

    And, I usually am watching TV while I string and I do enjoy it in a weird way.
     
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  36. Ronaldo

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    Enjoy stringing in absolute silence, no distractions.
     
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  37. struggle

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    ok, i strung at the titty bar last night, for a change.

    it wasn't so bad.
     
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  38. Ronaldo

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    Many customers?
     
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  39. struggle

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    actually you'd be amazed how many fellas decided last minute late sunday nite on Fathers day that they needed to have their rackets restrung for a monday ladder match they had forgotten about.
     
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  40. Ronaldo

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    Bet they waited on their racquets. Good tippers?
     
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    I string for a living so i suppose I have a biased opinion but its really not something i enjoy. Helping someone find the right string, tension, or racquet though is something that I do love doing every day.
     
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  42. zapvor

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    you should post your setup! how much are you stringing per week
     
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  43. Devilito

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    terrible. Every time I string I have to remind myself that i'm saving money. If it wasn't for the cost I would never string my own racquets if I could avoid it.
     
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  44. mmk

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    Apart from tying poly knots, I don't mind stringing. It gives me an excuse to be by myself while my wife watches a chick flick or some stupid reality show. I can't say that I actually end up saving money, since I keep trying new strings, but that may be coming to an end.
     
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  45. mrw

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    I very much enjoy stringing with my Klippermate. At the end of a stressful day I look forward to cracking open a nice IPA or a Guinness and stringing a racquet.
     
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  46. neverstopplaying

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    I enjoy stringing. I bought a machine for personal use but string regularly for about a dozen frequent players.
     
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  47. Ronaldo

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    Odd, that Lil Sumpin Sumpin' will still be full after finishin' the string job.
     
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  48. camohommed

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    Same here. No regrets stringing my own racquets. Besides being enjoyable it allows me to try out different strings.
     
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  49. GlenK

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    It's enjoyable helping my customers play their best tennis!
     
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  50. spinovic

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    I only string my own frames, but I do enjoy it. I think it is pretty fun. Maybe I'm weird, but so be it.
     
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