Is stringing actually enjoyable?

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  1. Ronaldo

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    If she wants it to
     
  2. zapvor

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    lol thats a funny one
     
  3. Triskadekaphilia

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    Most enjoy stringing, at least on some level, although it can be a chore.

    I agree ... I enjoy it, but string mostly my own sticks and don't have to do it frequently. It is a challenge and I like to take my time and gradually improve. I like being able to try different setups. I don't like to cut out strings if they still have life. So I generally string every week or so, rotating through a handful of racquets.

    You can get excellent results with basic equipment by taking your time. No need to invest in expensive equipment initially. I would recommend that you just buy a basic machine and see if you like it. It will pay for itself after a few string jobs.
     
  4. Muppet

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    The last three days, I strung one of two spare racquets. After stringing, my mind is definitely quieter and more relaxed for the rest of the day. Tommorow I'll have to string in the late morning to see how long into the day the effect will last.
     
  5. Fuji

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    I string in a proshop on a Babolat 5 Star, so I'm spoiled with fixed clamps and electronic pull. I really enjoy doing it, but it can be stressful given that customers are relying on you for a "high quality" string job at a moments notice. :razz:

    Overall I do enjoy stringing, however it can sometimes be a bit stressful. :)

    -Fuji
     
  6. Roger Wawrinka

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    Stringing the first racquet to number 20 isn't all that fun. Everything after that was fun for me.:)
     
  7. coachrick

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    Consider re-furbing rackets for charity or perhaps offer to string for Special Olympics or other budget-conscious groups. I found they are happy to have decent quality equipment and aren't demanding at all in terms of a schedule. Maybe I just have been lucky, but I've never actually had a 'due date' on that type of stringing.

    You could string one or two a week for your experiment and have some appreciative 'customers' to boot!
     
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    I've found any number over 20 in a day to be LESS fun! ;)
     
  9. Muppet

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    Thanks for the tip. My brother is in Special Olympics. But I haven't seen them playing any tennis in this area. Bowling and baseball are popular Special Olympics sports around here. I'd think that tennis would be a good sport for them.
     
  10. Roger Wawrinka

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    I was talking about the first 20 racquets you string at any time, but I understand 20+ a day not being very fun. :):)
     
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    I'm probably doing about 50 a week on average, changes depending on if its the start of ALTA season or not. Did 20 today.
     
  12. Ronaldo

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    Have volunteer groups that offer tennis lessons to juniors on the weekends and the developmentally disabled during the week in the afternoon. They depend on racquets donated to the program and probably need help re-stringing. If you do not see any tennis programs in your area, contact the recreation department to see if there is any interest in lessons.
     
  13. Magnetite

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    It's not really enjoyable.

    It isn't the worst thing ever though, and you can learn to weave strings properly, which makes it fun and annoying when learning.

    The enjoyable part is playing with fresh strings and not having to worry about whether you can get your rackets done consistently at the same tension.

    It's also enjoyable tweaking your set-up to suite your game.

    So basically, the act of physically stringing a racket is quite mundane, but it will make playing tennis more fun, and it will allow you to play better (assuming you don't have a dedicated stringer).

    Saving money can be enjoyable as well.
     
  14. Muppet

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    Thanks for the tip Ronaldo, but unfortunately this area is not a tennis culture. You should see the varsity team practice. Big box racquets tapping their serves. It's abysmal. There are racquet clubs though, so there is some tennis life to be had.
     
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    Not really a "like" for me. I just do it for the savings and convenience of having a fresh set of strings done competently whenever I want.
     
  16. Shangri La

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    Stringing to me is like meditation. So yes, it's actually enjoyable.
     
  17. Ronaldo

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    Only in total silence
     
  18. Imago

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    Total silence is for newbies. Advanced samAdhins can dwell in Dharmamegha even at the Wimbledon stringers cabin.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFcmKGyvnw4

    Nothing should disturb the ekAgratA concentration of the perfect stringer. For the nine basic disturbances (vikzepa), see Yoga-darsana I.30.
     
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    Drive for hours in silence. Just like the sound of silence.
     
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  21. Overdrive

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    I play loud music and eat food when I string. Usually, it is the kind of food that can stain the string.
     
  22. Imago

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    That's enjoyable for sure. :)
     
  23. Bdarb

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    I had to string my hitting partners three o3 tours yesterday. I hate stringing port hole racquets so no, stringing is not enjoyable :evil:

    usually its pretty relaxing though.
     
  24. MasturB

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    I love stringing.

    Except when I have to string stupid Prince rackets with the speed ports, and sometimes Wilson rackets that have the string style cross over on the bottom to where the last cross is a pain in the butt to get.

    Been doing it 3+ years now, and when I have my headphones and music on, I can get into a groove and knock them out in 10-12 minutes.
     
  25. Shaun

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    I actually want to learn how to string racquets. I believe it should be kinda fun. And I won't have to even pay for the string jobs since ill be doing it myself. Need to buy myself one stringing machine soon.
     
  26. Bdarb

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    If you have any interest in how your gear correlates to your game, it's a no brainer. Makes tennis more enjoyable on a whole other level. At least I thought so. The money saving is an added bonus, though that's kind of a lame excuse because if anything you'll just spend more on string trying stuff out :)
     
  27. Roger Wawrinka

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    Agreed when it comes to O ports, worst racquets to string ever.
     
  29. Shaun

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    Nope I won't be trying out other string setups any time soon because out of all the strings I've tried, I totally love wilson champions choice and ill most likely stick to it for the rest of my life. It plays the perfect for me and I believe that nothing can beat natural gut.
     
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  31. zapvor

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    the O is not that bad actually. i can think of worse
     
  32. Ronaldo

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    Got this Wilson Roller racquet
     
  33. Bdarb

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    Agreed, once you get the hang of it. I find using a head logo dampener makes it much easier, don't need a brake with that either.
     
  34. Roger Wawrinka

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    I've never done roller racquets, are those worse then O/speed ports?
     
  35. Ronaldo

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    Both are a bear unless you like twister. Filling the O port makes it easier. Cannot do that w/Rollers
     
  36. zapvor

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    i know exactly. the black and yellow hammer one.

    theres still worse
     
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    What racquet is worse?
     
  38. jakeytennis

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    sometimes it sucks. it sucks when u have to string multiple rackets in a row. it is frustrating when u mess up and have to start over.

    it's kinda fun/relaxing sometimes, if you are going fast. and if you are listening to music.
     
  39. zapvor

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    prestige mid with infinity 15L comes to mind

    or a power angle. have you tried that
     
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    One of my biggest challenges were the Wilson Steam 105 S. That open pattern and 18G string was one of the biggest pains ever. Took me 2+ hours.
     
  41. Ronaldo

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    Used the CAPPed Prestige mid when I started stringing. Gotta love using NG with a blocked hole.
     
  42. zapvor

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    really? thats kind of odd
     
  43. zapvor

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    so you already know
     
  44. Ronaldo

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    Yes, learned to use a pathfinder and switch to a MP.
     
  45. Fuji

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    I've strung my prestige mids a couple of times with thicker poly, and while it's not the easiest / fastest, I still don't mind doing them over doing a prince with ports. I don't use a boomerang tool, so I have to lock the table every other cross. Just time consuming when weaving. :mad:

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    I don't know if I would classify it as enjoyable meaning if I doubt I would do it as some sort of fun. I would classify it as a relaxing chore. Put on the TV, grab your favorite beverage and get it done. Saving money is a big reason to do it, but more importantly saving time. Previously I had to make two round trips 20 minutes each way to drop off and pick up my racquet for stringing. That is 80 minutes of driving total. The other added bonus is when I do it myself I know exactly what I am getting when I am done.

    If I did stringing as a job I would probably hate it.
     
  47. zapvor

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    lets trade! i do all your prince you can do my prestiges:p
     
  48. Fuji

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    Oh that would make my life haha! Thankfully I don't have to string that many princes! Lots of prestiges around here though!

    -Fuji
     
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    my hitting partner just moved to Nashville. Only upside is no more stringing prince racquets often. :-?
     
  50. Fuji

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    Ahhh! Prince rackets are basically dead here outside of the older folks using the O3 / EX03 Silver. :)

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