New Method for OPORT/exo3 rackets!!!!!!

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  1. m1stajk

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    I was constantly frustrated with stringing oport rackets that i tried to look for new ways of stringing them while being accurate. I looked around and i saw a pete sampras vibration dampener that i never use and i decided to stick a sharpie in the center and use it in between the last tensioned string and the string that i was about to pull. that kept the strings separate from each other and in the place that they needed to be. Just wanted to share that with everyone who has difficulty with that and doesnt have a turntable lock.
     
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  3. SwankPeRFection

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    Isn't the photo wrong? The location of the pen should be inline with the ports, not the frame part between the ports.
     
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  4. m1stajk

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    yea i just trying to show how its used. I wasnt even stringing it
     
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  5. Irvin

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    Nothing really new just a different object you are placing between the strings.
     
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  6. Clintspin

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    Ignore the negative comments. Looks like a fair way to deal with it and an easy tool to make and keep by the stringer. Good job.
     
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  7. SwankPeRFection

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    Oh yeah, I figured as much because the racquet appeared to already be strung. I was just picking on your example. ;)
     
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  8. Pavlo

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    I still don't get why people aren't satisfied with the boomerang. Besides having to add a pound or two because it holds the strings slightly more open than they should sit, what is the problem with using it? Prince mailed me three of them (different sizes) when I asked for one to use stringing tours and graphites
     
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  9. SwankPeRFection

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    Some people lose them. Others don't want to bother with calling up Prince to get them.
     
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  10. KerryR

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    It's been said often here that Prince doesn't always have them to give away, and that even if they do send you some, they may not fit. So, many of us just use simpler-to-obtain and more universal solutions, such as 50/50 or S-hooks.
     
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  11. Irvin

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    Try finding the one that fits in a EXO3 Blue.
     
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  12. jmverdugo

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    I like this idea because is fast and easy to use, may give it a try, Thanks!
     
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  13. gtshark1

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    New to stringing here... What makes stringing the Prince O and EXO3 racquets tricky? I'll be stringing them soon.
     
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  14. jim e

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    You want the cross strings to sit on the proper side of the O ports when tensioning some of the cross strings, as the racquet has a tendency to turn in another direction when tensioning.

    I typically just use the brake on my machine, and no issue, but then again my machine has a good brake system and can take pulling at the angles it pulls.

    Some machines do not have a brake, or a poor brake, or the tension head on some machines cannot take any angled pulls, therefore other methods are used, like:

    the boomerangs that Prince has for different O Ports, but not all O Ports are the same, and there are at least 4 different boomerangs, and some O Ports do not have a boomerang avail.

    Some stringers utilize a 50/50 2 piece string method.

    Some use an S-Hook

    Some use their hip to hold racquet steady, but if so with this technique, you should be using a CP machine.

    Some use a spacer to place between the tensioned string and the previous cross string, like a plastic block or sharpie cap, or something similar to keep the string on the proper side of O Port.

    Personally I found the brake is the easiest for those racquets if you have a proper machine, as it makes it stringing not much different than any other racquet.

    You also need to know the short side from long side so string is lined up with ports.

    Video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf_7lfBnOIA&fmt=18
     
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    this is what bothers me the most, specially if you have several racquets to string you better start with the prince racquets, it happens to me a lot that I start stringing and I'm working on a rhythm, mounting and dismounting racquets and mid way crosses you realize you forgot to check the short side ... again:mad:
     
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    I like the boomerang. But the OP has a great idea there.
     
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  18. Clintspin

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    Unless someone has switched the butt cap-mount the P up and your short side will always be on one side. For me it will be on the side I like it on. You may be used to the other side and may need to flip the P. It's at least a good habit to get into.
     
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    ^^It is the same on all rackets that I have ran into. With the logo mounted right side up the short side is on the left.
     
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  20. GlenK

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    I'm kinda of anal about that and always mount the logo right side up.
     
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    now that's a great post!

    thanks
     
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  22. Dags

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    I have 3 EXO3 Tours, and it's on the right for all of them; wonder if they've switched it.

    For the record, the 'Prince' on the throat of my racquets is the same way up as the buttcap (which in itself is something of an oddity - most manufacturers have it so that the writing is different on each side so that it's always readable when a righty spins the racquet), so they are the 'correct' way up.

    I may give the OP's idea a try when stringing. I find the boomerang less effective with the EXO3 racquets than I did with the O3s.
     
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  23. shamaho

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    I'm gonna do my 2nd restring ever, and very first on a Prince Graphite Exo3.

    I don't have boomerangs nor table lock feature, so I'm going the 50/50 method based on a great video by Irvin / Mr10Stringer (Thank God for him and YULitle and the gang).

    any ideas on pros/cons and 50/50 tips for stringing newbies ?
     
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  24. Irvin

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    I don't remember seeing one with the short side marked on the right when you have the logo right side up.

    EDIT: If you have the 16 main racket the mains only skip 8H so the short side is on right. The first two crosses go through grommets and the third cross enters an O Port. When there are two holes skipped by mains at the top the first three crosses go through grommet holes and the fourth cross enters the O Port.

    EDIT: No matter how the logo is positioned the short side has one more grommet hole at the top than the long side.
     
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  25. Wuppy

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    Good idea OP!
     
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  26. gtshark1

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    New stringer here: can I string my EXO3 Tour without some kind of tool?

    Its my #1 racquet and I have a set of Beast for it. This would be only my 2nd string job and I don't want to waste the expensive string or mess up my racquet.

    But I'm getting bored waiting for cheaper string to string my other racquets. Advice on tackling the Tour with no special tool as a beginner?
     
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  27. jim e

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    Depends on your machine.
    If your has a decent brake, then thats all you need.
    If no brake, then if CP machine you can use your hip to steady the table in proper direction, or
    Use Irvins 50/50 method 2 piece job as he has video,
    Otherwise use S hook, boomerang, or place sharpie cap pen size item between the string tensioned and previous string.
    Theres your options.
     
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  28. gtshark1

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    Does useing the brake and the angle of the tension against the EXO frames put too much stress on them?
     
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