learning the stringing game

Discussion in 'Strings' started by katone, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. katone

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    yes, i m new to it!
    can t wait to get started with the brand new hercule610 I just received from 'mutual power' :D


    before I brake a frame, I think I better off ask question and LEARN..

    1- where can I get good video howtos to give me a visual startup?
    2- I know patterns are different, but do you basically 'string' every racquet the same way (same 'routine')?
    3- what is a good source to find out the stringing patterns of my racquets? manufacturer's website?

    :rolleyes:
     
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  4. katone

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    awesome thanks. now lets see how good i will do on my first stringing job :p
    I also found how to make a knot on ' grand slam stringers .com' , i ll try this one as well.
     
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  5. coach

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    my first stringing job, which i botched badly, wasn't that bad b/c I strung it on a $5.00 garage sale racquet with the cheapest syn gut I had. I would do the same if you have an old beater racquet in the garage to practice on.
     
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  6. PBODY99

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    Take your time. You said you botched it up, were there misweaves ? If so remember you end with thte opposite of your start weave. Run your finger across the last string, a lot of the time you can feel a misweave.:cool:
    Enjoy !!
     
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  7. katone

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    is there any tutorials other than sptennis.com ?
     
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  8. dancraig

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    Are the instructions that came with your machine any good?
    If you are stringing now, I will be around the computer for a while and can maybe be of help.
     
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  9. Masamusou

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    Assuming the instructions are the same that came with my MP machine, they are only ok. DO NOT under any circumstance pull tension on two strings at once like the manual says you can. Other than that, the information is at least somewhat decent. You would be better off reading something else that you can find online though.
     
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  10. Steve Huff

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    Most stringing patterns vary little. You may skip different holes with your mains, have different # of mains, etc, AND, you may have different #'s of crosses, and occasionally, you may have shared holes.This is simple. Master this and you've become an excellent STRING TECHNICIAN. Becoming a professional stringer involves all of the above PLUS learning how different strings play (often based on their construction), learning how a player plays (either by his discription or his game or by observing him personally), learning about racket characteristics, and learning how to match a player to a racket and strings to fit his needs. A professional stringer should also know how to reweight, rebalance, match multiple rackets to the same specs. And on the more subjective note, a professional stringer can interpret "I just want it to play better", I want it like Johnny's racket", "I want the gold colored strings", or my favorite,"the pro told me to get a stiffer string, like NXT or BiPhase".
     
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  11. katone

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    what I really need, to get a start, is the VERY basics..
    what do I do after the racquet is on the machine? how do I start? do I tie a knot? where do I tie this knot? how do I handle the strings after opening the package? ,,. you know.. all the basics, the very begining..
    my machine didn t have much instructions (only written, no pics). there's gotta be some visual info online somewhere, I m sure.
    I couldn t find beginners tutorials on sptennis dot com.
    :rolleyes:
     
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  12. Masamusou

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    This should help out.

    http://www.string forum.net/stringingguide.php

    Just take out the space that had to be used to get by the filters.
     
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  13. katone

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    this DOES help out... :p
    thanks.
     
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  14. dancraig

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  16. ssuHeartsRivald

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    thanks for the link.
    really help me.
    ANd i'm just curious about breakdown using leadtape exactly.
     
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  17. katone

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    ssuHeartsRivald, where did you find the tutorial videos on sptennis .com?
     
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  18. dancraig

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  20. ssuHeartsRivald

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    no, i'm just read the articles.
     
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  21. Gaines Hillix

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    One word of caution on this site's stringing instructions. The USRSA does not recommend the method they use to pull tension on the tie off string or inserting an awl in the grommet to hold it until the knot is tied.
     
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  22. Newberry

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    I found the instructions on the Silent Partner Swing to be very helpful.
    Go to the SP website and click on the sp Swing, then download the instruction PDF.

    Two piece stringing has been much easier for me as a beginner, and I'm not sure I see a reason to ever string one piece.

    I check my tension consistency by "plucking" the main strings after I finish them up (two piece only) each string should have the same tone as its opposite on the the other side of the frame. If it sounds much different, I know I'm not being consistent.

    Consider picking up a digital fishermans scale at walmart or similar to check the calibaration on your machine. I've seen posts about machines that were way off from the factory.

    I have 8 whole racquets under my belt, so I'm still very much a noob, but these are the things that have helped me so far.
     
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