Pre Stringing Question

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  1. coolblue123

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    I was watching one of more experienced stringers stringing a racquet in a tennis shop. I noticed that he was using an awl to poke holes through all the grommets before he started to string. I was wondering if this is a good practice? I was thinking that it'll make the racquet lose tension quicker? thanks
     
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  2. topanlego

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    Checking for broken grommets maybe?

    I don't see how it would make the the racquet lose tension quicker.
     
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  3. jim e

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    Maybe he just finished installing a new grommet set when you came in and he had to be sure that the grommets were seated all the way in before he started to string the racquet.
     
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  4. fuzz nation

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    An actual stringer's awl is an essential piece of gear when it's time to start replacing grommet sets. I've gotten away without one when I doing one or two frames, but when I tried to put new grommets into some Babolats, I couldn't guide them into place without one of these. (only $5.00 from TW) They've got a rounded tip and are narrow enough to thread all the way through a thick, hollow frame.
     
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  5. coolblue123

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    i think the stringer probably was installing a new set of grommets. I better ask him next time. Thanks all for your responses.
     
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  6. tball

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    Long time ago, when I was new to stringing, I made a mistake of starting without poking at the holes first. I put a new grommet in, and did not need an awl at all. It just fell into place. No effort was required on my part. Then I strung the racquet. Then, for a tie off, I needed to stuff 2 strings through the same hole! This is where I *wished* I had done what your stringer is doing.

    Some 3 hours later, after a lot of cursing and pushing the second string in, with various objects, I finally got it in. As soon as I pulled it tight, the original string broke. The one that was there first, the main.

    ... I had to start all over again ....

    After that episode, before each and every stringing, I now *always* poke awls into any hole which may potentially be a tie-off, and then at their neighbors. The way I string, I do not always end in the "designated" tie-off location, and I do not want any more repeats of the story above.

    Your stringer probably have had an experience similiar to mine in the past 3 years.
     
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  7. Steezmuffin

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    you can just use a small awl to make more room in the hole when you get to that point. It's not a big deal, I do it all the time.
     
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  8. rasajadad

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    I also do the stringer's awl thing on newer racquets. The first couple of times they are strung it seems that the holes need to be loosened.
     
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  9. fuzz nation

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    tball - just curious about the way you string that makes you not end up at the designated tie-off spots on occasion. Sometimes that larger grommet hole (for tying off) will be a few spots away from the last cross for example. Is that what you're referring to?
     
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  10. tball

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    Yes, sometimes it's too congested to tie a knot.
    More, often though, I either do "Around the World", or I string single piece, instead of two-piece. Also, not all manufacturers, in my experience, make tie-off grommets larger.
     
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  11. dana

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    If you end up a few spots away from the tie-off hole, you can just wrap the string around the head to get to that point. If you check out a professionally strung racquet, there are places where they skip holes to get to the "bigger" tie-off hole. I prefer doing one-piece stringing for that reason, only two places to worry about. Of course, this doesn't work when doing hybrid stringing.
     
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  12. Steezmuffin

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    Agreed, sometimes they put the tie off hole a couple holes away. There is nothing wrong with this, you just go to that hole. Sometimes it is 3-4 holes away, no need to enlarge holes in almost all cases.
     
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