Many racquets, sore stringing?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Bas, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Bas

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    I am going to string more racquets then I used to.
    Got a contract for three days a week, 20 racquets a day to string.
    Does anyone have good tips for sore fingers or something?
    I might buy the cross stringer of Stringway also.
     
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  2. Irvin

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    That's going to be a lot of racquets.
     
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    One thing I could advise you to do is to wear a very comfortable pair of shoes, with comfy socks. You're feet will thank you at the end of each day. Also, you may want to invest in a padded place mat.

    secondly, get your fingers ready by stringing 18X20 frames full poly to prepare the tips of your fingers.

    Good luck. Happy Stringing!
     
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  5. tennis_pr0

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    You fingers shouldn't get sore unless you are stringing alu rough in every racquet lol
     
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    20 a day 3 times a week is not the worst. Your fingers might get sore the first couple of days, but you'll be OK after that.
    Good luck.
     
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    Thanks so far.
    I got the racquets on monday with the strings, and they I need to deliver them thuesday for 6:00 at the postal office (example) so its not too bad, I could split it up but I have other things to do aswell. How would you organize it? First all racquets with nylon, then all the racquets with poly? Or the other way around?
     
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  8. MAX PLY

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    I suggest organizing by frame type--i.e., string all the BLX 90s, then the Head Prestiges, then whatever. You then don't have to adjust your machine as much. If 30 different frames, do the harder patterns first then the easier ones. Good luck.
     
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    I am sorry but what is a padded place mat?

    That's a good idea. Thanks!
     
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    http://www.atssports.com/tennis.cfm?product=380

    They are usually filled with a high density closed cell foam and prevent fatigue from standing on hard surfaces for extended periods of time.
     
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    Thanks, are they available in other brands too? Since I am in Holland I won't know where to buy gamma.
     
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  12. MAX PLY

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    I think Prince makes one too. However, I am pretty sure that they are the same as kitchen mats, which should be available in many places, including, I suspect, the Netherlands.
     
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  13. stringwalla

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    I have to disagree.

    I've been stringing over 25-40 frames/day for over 20 years(but it's mostly syn-gut and multi's).
    Tournaments still kill my fingers because it's all polys. Actually I'm sure it's the final "straightening" that gets me there.
    I've only just recently recovered from Australia-
     
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  14. Irvin

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    Have you tried the String Thing? There are also other methods that are easier on your fingers just not as quick.
     
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  15. stringwalla

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    Irv,
    I've seen that "string thing", but I'm skeptical that it can perform perfect "final straightening". Does it work?
    One guy on our team uses this little flat plastic tool with teeth. He sits in his chair for at least a minute until everything is perfect.

    I should come up with something before Miami next month-
     
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  16. Irvin

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    I really have no idea as I have never used it but I would think it would. You are just rolling two wheels up and down each side of the string and that should straighten them out. Because there are teeth in the wheel it should also keep the crosses evenly spaced too.

    I try to keep the strings straight as I go but that takes a lot more time. I straighten the one above the string I am tensioning. This is the only way I have found you can straighten the strings as you go. If you just push them up when you tension (or before you tension) the tensioned string above will push it down ever so slightly. The closer you get to the bottom the more smile you have. Here is a video on straightening strings as you go.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsuQBrSgDHg&list=UURjgj1_5OIecsHhyC968nTQ&index=8&feature=plcp

    When I get done the only real problem is on the outside mains where the clamps were walked down the racket.
     
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    I straighten as I go using Irvin's technique above, but use the handle of my pliers (rubber padded) to straighten anything I missed once complete.

    Then finish it off with the string thing. Yes it does work to get that final perfect touch on the string bed. It also let's you feel any varying gaps in the strings. If one of the little things won't fit down into the gap you know immediately it's not straightened correctly.
     
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    Never got the string thing to perform for me.
     
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    Interesting. Is this from a club or "big box" store?
     
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  20. Bas

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    It is for a internet store. I customize for them and when they have a customer for customization for 2 frames, they put in 18 other frames to string to make the shipping worth it.
     
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