Power pads still necessary for vintage woodie?

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  1. vintagefan

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    If you are using modern SG string on it? Thanks!
     
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  2. jazar

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    I don't think it's necessary, though it is a nice touch.
     
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  3. Tamiya

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    I still pad to reduce the sharp angle at the frame
     
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    Increase sweet spot and power...
    If you have smaller than 90 frames I say you need it.
     
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  5. NLBwell

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    Less chance of breaking strings with power pads.
     
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  6. MAX PLY

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    This is why I would recommend as well. The angles and the nature of the drilled holes in wood make pads optimal to ****** premature string breakage. Despite assertions otherwise, I don't believe "power pads" do anything else but that (i.e., no material increase in power or sweet spot results from the use of the pads). Cosmetically, it is also a nice touch--we are used to seeing them on wood racquets.
     
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  7. retrowagen

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    ...A good idea if used on the LOWER half of the racquet head, I'd say; it relazes the acuity of some string "loops" and reduces the chance of breakage. On the hoop, power pads will obviously move the string outside of its established slots on a woodie, right into harm's way.
     
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  8. vintagefan

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    Did my stringer get the power pads right or they need to be thicker? Thanks!

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  9. gavna

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    Those look fine.........only thing I would add next time is tubing........considering its a 40yr old frame along with the pads adding tubing will help protect the frame and string.
     
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  10. joe sch

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    The thickness looks good.
    I would always recommend making the pads square since they will be much less likely to slip out.
     
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  11. Tamiya

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    are you meant to thread the long subway string before tensioning the 3 loops it goes under? :)

    I couldn't get the string under loops after tensioning without
    marring the wood so I just ran it over on the outside
     
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  12. Steve Huff

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    On this stringjob, he probably didn't push the long string under the loops. He most likely used the short side to string the bottom 6 or 7 crosses. So, after the last main, he ran the string up to the 6th or 7th cross, then finished toward the throat. That's why the long string is under the loops.
     
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  13. Tamiya

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    ahh that might explain it

    I should've looked closer before ripping out the factory strings :)

    got too intrigued instead at their thin twine linking mains together
     
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