New Video - How to weave crosses faster

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Irvin, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. camohommed

    camohommed New User

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    I also used this method the last time I strung a racket. I usually pull my crosses so it was not a major change but it was much easier on my fingers and no misweaves.

    Thanks again Irvin.
     
  2. Java

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    Best tip ever! Thank you!
     
  3. skygrinder45

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    Aha wow it's a pretty cool idea to use a bead. I similarly pull the string across (sans the bead) and I weave a lot slower.
     
  4. Irvin

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    I am a pusher not a puller. If you weave much and are able to do it with just your hands, and I think you will be better off. I think of this as only a beginners tool and once you catch on to how it's done you then try without the bead. I would look at the bead as I do training wheels on a bike.
     
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  5. alexmcnab

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    Can I ask what size beads you guys are using? My wife has just returned from the bead shop with the only ones they had which look a bit small at about 7mm x 7mm. I've seen some 9x7 and 12x10.
     
  6. Irvin

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    I don't think it will matter. The beads just give you something easier to pull through the strings.
     
  7. dak95_00

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    I just saw this video a couple of weeks ago & raided my kids beads and found a nice round one. Sometimes I use it and sometimes I don't.

    However, it made stringing badminton racquets much faster!
     
  8. struggle

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    I might try this when my fingers start bleeding. Until then I'll push weave.

    Cool idea though.
     
  9. dfwTennis

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    Nice trick. Going to have my son try this method.
     
  10. 1HBHfanatic

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    IRVIN,
    first of, thanks for sharing your great ideas,
    im gonna try this next time, BEADS idea,
    im still using the string method you came up with before, with a slight mod., not sure if you tried it yet:
    a single 5' or 4' length of silk ribbon strip(1/4" wide, flat), with a hole in the middle!, i thread the string into the hole and pull across, this eliminates a lot of the entanglement of using mutliple strands of strings.
    (hopefully this descrives it well enough)

    again thanks for the great idea, it does save me time and also pain on the fingers.. :)
     
  11. Irvin

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    You can use both. Try a bead on a loop of string for weaving in one direction and the string you pull back and forth for the other.
     
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    I started doing this in 2011 and I still do it to this day. It's fast and easy and Im not a pro stringer so I don't really care about using a bead.

    To this day a game changing tip for at home racquet stringing.
     
  13. Uncoil

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    I need to try this method.
     
  14. brianmch

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    Thank you Irvin. Having done about 5-6 sticks I've been wondering about how to cut my cross weaving time. This may be the trick!
     
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    Thanks Irvin

    Got my beads. I went from being a puller to a pusher and for sure I'm saving 10 minutes per racquet.

    Your tips have been SO helpful!
     
  16. Irvin

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    Thanks for the kind words. Funny though I prefer to pull with the bead rather than push. But whatever works for you.

    Quick question - what is the bottom right support turn off to the side?

    Also I noticed you have K side supports. Do you know that Gamma has C side supports for your machine now?
     
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    What are the pros of C vs K side supports?
     
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  19. Irvin

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    That is true. If you ever string a racket with CAP grommet and the grommet is directly behind the support you going into the grommet at an angle, and the string want to slide down the grommet. On the other side where the string come out it want to go into a small hole in the pad on the support. On C supports the racket is always centered between the two pads and the cut out in the support is much narrower. Makes it easy to get the string in and out of the grommets.
     
  20. Uncoil

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    I have strung a friend's Head Prestige with Cap grommets. I must say they were quite annoying the first couple times and my K supports did get in the way.
     
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    or you can just practice....and do it faster without beads
     
  22. Irvin

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    That can be avoided by adjusting the 6 & 12 support so the side supports do not block the grommets. But C supports are much better.
     
  23. Uncoil

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    It takes up so much time for me adjusting that particular 18x20 racquet so the supports don't block any grommets. I need to be more patient next time.
     
  24. Irvin

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    It would be much easier with self centering mounts. With individual adjustments for your side supports I can see why some people think 6 point mounting is a pain.
     
  25. diredesire

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    Move your support stands as well as adjusting 6/12. It's pretty darn easy to avoid blocked holes if you plan appropriately. At the throat, I also move my points to the badminton (closer) holes, it's a more direct location for supporting the frame in most cases, AND it tends to stay out of the intersection of mains and crosses. It's also a simple indicator of which side of the racquet goes where on the machine.
     
  26. Irvin

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    I was trying to think of an easy way of describing how to avoid blocked holes on a non-SC table but could not do it. Are you saying mont the racket and if the bottom grommets need to move 1/4" down, move the 6 o'clock support 1/4" in, open the bottom side supports, slide the standard 1/4" down then readjust the bottom side supports? LOL I think that will would but I bet many are confused.
     

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