Is stringing actually enjoyable?

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  1. Irvin

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    If stringing were enjoyable people would pay you to let them string your racket. As long as your just doing a few rackets a day just turn on the radio and string away. Beats watching TV.
     
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  2. BabolatTennis9

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    I Love Stringing Rackets cause in the end i know my racket is at the right tension and when i play i know its gonna be how i like it
     
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  3. tennis_ocd

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    Stringing at home beats the hassle of driving to the shop; dropping off racket and then returning in a couple days. Barely.
     
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  4. Rabbit

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    I love stringing
     
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  5. Arthuro

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    I find it relaxing.
     
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  6. illzoni

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    I think it's fun to expirement. Last night I split two sets of SG and strung my son's racquet with a 'hybrid' of black/gold SG. He's thrilled.
     
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  7. o0lunatik

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    Seconded.

    Stringing is enjoyable when you want to get away from the nagging significant other or when she's on her time of the month. For the most part, it's a good stress relieving tool.

    Where stringing sucks is when you come across strings that has stupid, crazy coil memory and when carefully stringing natural gut.
     
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  8. goran_ace

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    These days I only string for myself or friends. I have as much enthusiasm for stringing rackets as I do for doing laundry or washing my car. It's nice to have a freshly strung racket, clean clothes, or clean car after you are done but the task itself isn't exactly enjoyable. After a long day at work at least it's something that doesn't require any brainpower.

    I used to find stringing enjoyable when I got paid to do it. It was an easy way to make money after the sun went down and the courts were closed. Eat some dinner, lock up the pro shop, turn on the TV/radio, and string for a couple hours with no distractions. Decent volume at my club so it was a steady source of beer money.
     
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  9. samarai

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    its half chore, half enjoyable. Enjoyable in the fact that I can experiment with any string I want without worrying about costs. Takes me 30 min. It would take me the same amount of time to drop the racket off for someone to string and then to pick it up.
     
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  10. taurussable

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    with my dropweight not much fun, with highend electronics maybe yes.
     
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  11. Irvin

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    Last week I had 3 Prestige 18x20, 93 si, and CAP grommets w/16 gauge gut in the mains and 16 gauge ALU Rough crosses. Can't say that was a barrel of fun.
     
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  12. pkshooter

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    It's quite therapeutic in my opinion. It's simpe, easy, saves money, makes money, and brings you closer to your partner.
     
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  13. Ronaldo

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    Which partner?
     
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  14. Chotobaka

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    I can easily think of 99+ other things I'd rather be doing than stringing a racquet. For me, it is a task plain and simple.
     
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  15. oest10

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    I really do enjoy stringing. As others have said, some racquest and string request might be more tedious but overall i really like doing it. Experimenting a bit here and there and advising people (and taking in their reactions!), improving your knowledge of strings and their effect on the game.. I vote "YES" to your question!
     
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  16. v-verb

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    Stringing mains - not bad. Tying knots? I'm used to it now.

    Weaving crosses? HATE IT!!!!
     
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  17. Ronaldo

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    Use a bead
     
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  18. taurussable

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    how Use a bead?
     
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    I too find stringing relaxing, even my first experience of stringing natty gut wasn't too stressful. I love being able to tweak and perfect my racquet without having to rely on someone else.
     
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  20. gmatheis

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    after you put the cross through the first grommet hole before you weave you slip a bead onto the string and use the bead to weave since it's bigger and easier to manipulate.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ9T8fWs7Ws
     
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  21. stringmaster

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    Wow this sums it up perfectly I feel the same way.
     
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  22. zapvor

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    haha. for those who enjoy stringing, do 3000 in a year then come back and tell me how much you enjoy it.



    i do enjoy stringing up my own though
     
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  23. v-verb

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    I do - thanks to Irvin who posted about it. Makes crosses easier but still hate weaving
     
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  24. v-verb

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    Testify Brother!!!:)
     
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  25. oest10

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    How relevant Mister Degradeing.

    As if the OP is considering to immediately opening up a business stringing rackets for a living. If other enjoy stringing, let them be. I am one of those, and obviously, I dont string 3000 rackets in a year. Max 10 per week. And its fine for me to like stringing.
     
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  26. zapvor

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    yea that was my point. for you guys its fun because its a hobby. but for some its a job.
     
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  27. oest10

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    And a valid point it is. For example I might enjoy mowing the lawn every other week but I'm pretty darn sure a professional gardener doesn't do it with great pleasure.

    So even though your point might be valid, it is of no relevance to the topic starter. What is the use of belittling the "a few times a week"-stringer? Does it make you feel better?
     
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  28. zapvor

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    ????? where in my post was i belittling the few times a week stringer???? i am afraid you are reading my post in a strange way
     
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  29. osutennis24

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    If I knew who to tie knots correctly, and so overly worried about if I did it correctly, I would enjoy it a lot more
     
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  30. osutennis24

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    wow, so i butchered the english language on that one..

    *If I knew how to tie knots correctly, and not so overly worried about if it was done correct, I would enjoy it a lot more
     
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  31. Tamiya

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    if your knot don't slip or get sucked into grommet... it's a good enough knot :)

    "Pretty" comes later (if you can be bothered)
     
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    I love stringing racquets. Sometimes when I'm bored, or slightly drunk/anxious, I'll cut strings out of a frame that only have a few hours of play time on it, just to string it again.

    Almost nothing makes me happier on court (other than winning tournaments) than a bunch of my teammates handing me their frames to string. Then I don't have to cut my own strings out!
     
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  33. Irvin

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    We knew exactly what you meant, and you're doing fine. Probably the same with your knots. When we first start we all worried about out knots but it never did us any good. Stay away from the double half hitch and you will be fine.
     
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  34. pmata814

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    Irvin, why stay away from the double half hitch? I use that one the most because i find it the easiest. I use the wilson pro knot in tight spots but i prefer double half hitch when i can. Thx in advance for ur input.
     
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  35. Irvin

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    If you're learning to string (more often than not) you may not get the second half hitch cinched up tight enough and the first half hitch is a very small knot. That means it has a much greater chance of slipping into the grommet. I have seen knots when the second half hitch came untied and the one left was pulled down inside the grommet. This becomes and even greater problem with worn out grommets or very thin gauge string.
     
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  36. pmata814

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    I see. Thank you. BTW, I had not seen your signature (usually check this board on my phone), it's hilarious! :)
     
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  37. HappyMilk

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    I'm only in my second year of stringing and the joy hasn't left yet.
    Just like another member mentioned, the repetition is psychologically helpful.

    Turn up the music, measure your string, clamp down the racket and enjoy :)
     
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  38. mr_fro2000

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    -hate: lugging machine and tools out of basement to my table (wife wants to keep it out of sight)
    -hate: set up (uncoiling, stretching, measuring cutting)
    -like: actual stringing, including weaving (I use a bead too)
    -hate: knotting. esp poly
    -love: satisfaction after finishing
    -love: freedom to string whatever, whenever I want.
     
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  39. taurussable

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    where to buy the best bead for weaving cross?
    does bead work with stiff poly?..
     
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  40. Irvin

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    You need to buy the wife blinders for her birthday, anniversary, Xmas, or whatever comes first. A nice surprise would be dinner and blinders. Or move a table down to the basement. I would look for a new table to keep the piece. LOL
     
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  41. Lack

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    Yes I like stringing rackets
     
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  42. vandre

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    to me it is, but let me preface this post by stating I am a stay at home dad of toddler. so I put him to bed and slink down to the "mancave" in the basement, home of the dropweight stringer, and it's quiet because my wife fell asleep on the couch before my son did. so I get to sit in a quiet house with nothing else to do but pre stretch and weave and its pretty relaxing. I takes me about an hour to do a racquet but i'm not really trying to hurry because when I come back up from the basement, the break is over!
     
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  43. CamG

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    Yea i enjoy it a lot!
     
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  44. CamG

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    Yea i enjoy it a lot!
     
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  45. Carolina Racquet

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    I actually enjoy stringing because I love the benefit of a freshly-strung frame.

    Also, I like to help out my best friends with stringing their frames and helping them experiment with different strings/setups.
     
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    Also mich.

    I note that as an old Boy Scout, we used to call it "two half hitches" instead of the "double knot," and I guess for me that designator is still in place. . . and helps me keep it separate from the taut line hitch.
     
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  47. Carolina Racquet

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    Learning the Parnell knot changed my life. Not sure if you use it.

    Also, re: measuring, I've measured out a 20 ft space in my house (in my case, the distance from the leg of the dining room chair to the kitchen island) and a 10 ft space so I can easily cut from a reel with accuracy and measure the short-side of a one-piece string job.
     
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  48. Ronaldo

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    Anyway to string in the basement?
     
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    Stringing is theraputic for me, and I enjoy it. My attention is usually pretty scattered, so spending a long period of time focusing on this task is very helpful. And the rest of the world goes away for a while.

    Unfortunately, I only want to string my own racquets and 5 isn't enough to keep me as busy with stringing as I'd like. I don't want to do other's work because I worked in retail for many years and I've had it up to ^here^ with taking responsibility for other people's recreational needs.

    On my next order, I think I'll get a reel of something cheap, just so that I can string a spare racquet each day.
     
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  50. Rjtennis

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    I find it to be a fun hobby. My job is stressful and stringing is a good way to relax. It's also very convenient to be able to string your own rackets and it allows you to experiment with different strings. I bought a Neos 1500 for my first machine and I'm glad I did. That machine will last me the rest of my wife if I want it to.
     

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