New to stringing: is around the world same as 1 piece?

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  1. luishcorreia

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    Is around the world stringing the same as one piece stringing ?

    Thanks. And sorry for the newbie question
     
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  3. eelhc

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    There are several (actually many) variations on one piece stringing patterns. ATW patterns (there are several) are a subset of these.

    It is preferable to start stringing crosses at the head (rather than the throat) to avoid stress on the frame. When the mains end at the throat (the outside mains go from head to throat), an ATW pattern is preferred so crosses can start at the head. ATW variations generally skip either or both of the outside mains, before stringing the crosses so the crosses can start at the head while skipping a cross on the head, once the crosses are complete, the outside main(s) and the skipped cross at the head are weaved and tensioned.

    Much easier to explain with a video (many excellent videos on this).... Most patterns require a starting clamp and it is harder to do with floating clamps.

    I've heard that some racquet manufacturers will not honor the warranty on a racquet strung from throat to head though I've not seen any proof/verification. The last racquet that i bought from Tennis Warehouse had a 1 piece string pattern that went from throat to head.
     
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  4. Triskadekaphilia

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    Great explanation!

    Why does it stress the frame to string crosses bottom to top?

    Thanks
     
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  5. Shroud

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    To add to this excellent question, I always do 2 piece and start my crosses from the center moving up and down at equal amounts (like stringing mains but for crosses).

    Would this have less stress than top to bottom??
     
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  6. eelhc

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    Should clarify... It stresses the frame less to string crosses from the head to throat. In general.. the act of stringing the frame stresses the it (vs a strung or an unstrung frame) because uneven stress is applied to the frame as each string is tensioned.

    Imagine that your holding a hula hoop at one end and squeezing that end together... the opposite end will want to spread/bow out.

    This is why it's good practice to alternate stringing the mains to keep the "stress" balanced. It's good practice to string the crosses from the head to throat since the heart/shaft/throat provides extra support against the uneven tension applied to the frame.IMO it's also good practice to string the racquet quickly as possible (with no mistakes of course) and to never leave a racquet in the middle of a stringing job.

    50/50 patterns (starting crosses in the middle of the frame used primarily with Prince Racquets) distribute the stress more evenly but I'm not sure if it's better/worse than starting mains at the head.

    BTW... I carry a set of diagonal cutters in my tennis bag. I don't break strings often but when I do... I immediately cut the strings so the frame is relieved from tension.
     
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  7. Irvin

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    It is generally preferred to string the racket from the top down. All stringing will stress a racket and when you string a racket the stress moves in the direction of the pattern of stringing much like when you press on the side of a tooth paste tube the paste moves towards the open end where this is no resistance. When stringing down the frame the stress moves toward the bottom of the frame and what is down their hold in the two sides of the hoop? The two throat pieces. When you string toward the top of the frame the hoop itself has to support all the pressure. The two weakest points in a tennis racket are the 2 and 10 positions where you pushing all the stress when stringing bottom up.
     
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  8. Triskadekaphilia

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    It makes sense, thanks to you both for explaining it :)
     
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  9. TennisCJC

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    I found an Universal ATW pattern and think it is very easy. 3 easy steps and no counting strings to make sure cross weaves are correct. Obviously, you only have to use ATW when last main ends at throat.

    1. String mains as normal but DO NOT STRING LAST MAIN ON BOTH SIDES. Tie the short side off. Since you are tying off with 1 less main, the short side can be 1 main length shorter than recommended.
    2. Start crosses on the 2nd cross from the top with the long side. Weave crosses down as normal all the way thru the last cross. Make sure you don't use holes for last mains when weaving bottom crosses.
    3. After last cross is woven, weave the last main from bottom to top on the side where the last cross ended. Then weave the 1st cross at the top. Then weave the last remaining main from top to bottom and tie off. Just be sure weave is correct over/under pattern on last mains and top cross when compared to the string parallel to it.

    Basically, you are leaving the last 2 outside mains and the top outside cross open. Then weave the crosses all the way down to the bottom. Finally, weave up 1 main, across the 1st outside cross at the top, and down the other main.

    No starting clamp is needed. Works fine with my fixed clamps.

    This seems like the easiest ATW as you don't need a floating clamp and don't have to worry about precounting strings to get 1st and last crosses correct. All weaves are just consistent with the string parallel as normal.

    Anyone know why this is not a good pattern?
     
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  10. Irvin

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    I think I did a video on that once. The problem with that pattern is you have to make four difficult weaves in a row - all four outside strings.
     
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  11. TennisCJC

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    Yea, I could see where that might be an issue, but I think I will stick with this ATW pattern as it is so simple. You actually only have 3 additional outside weaves - 2 outside mains and the 1 top cross. The bottom cross is an outside weave but you have to do it even if you use 2 piece stringing. I was using a soft multi so the outside "hard" weaves were no problem. I could see where a textured poly would make it more difficult. For me, I think I'll stick with this one as it is so easy and fairly error proof.
     
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