Priority One Stringing and Customization; Ask your questions here

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  1. drakulie

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    Hey everyone. I spoke to Ron Yu of Priority One Stringing and Customization service, and the guys have agreed to give me a "behind the scenes" look at their work while they are in Miami for the Sony Ericsson.

    Priority One consists of Ron Yu, Nate Ferguson, and Glynn Roberts. For those of you who are not aware, Priority One provides stringing and customization for players such as Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Djokovic, Tsonga, etc, etc, etc.

    If you have any questions/comments you would like to me to ask when I meet up with them, please leave them here, and I will do my best to get answers for you. When I am done, I will start a thread with photos/vids, answers to your questions, and of course a report on the behind the scenes.

    Thanks!
     
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    thanks drak!

    can you please ask them how much lead, if any Fed has in his frame, and the static weight?
     
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  3. bertrevert

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    Obviously they listen to the player's wishes first and foremost but do they ever find themselves suggesting solutions? If they do, then can they give any examples of a customisation suggestion?

    (and how they arrived at their suggestion - I'm wondering how they think it through?)
     
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  4. TimothyO

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    1. What's their approach to achieving the most even stringbed tension and performance?

    2. If and when a client changes frames what's their process to determining customization? do they spend time courtside with a client? Or do they get the target specs from the client?

    3. What level of detail do they get from clients for stringing instructions? For example, in hybrids, do they get instructions as to which tie off points to use?
     
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  5. Irvin

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    'drakulie' Thanks for doing this I have two questions

    1 - Which is most important to match up in a racket?
    a - Swing weight
    b - Static weight
    c - Balance point
    d - Racket length
    e - All of the above

    2 - Is the swing weight for all players computed from the same reference point 10 cm from the butt or do they use different distances for different players?
     
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  6. Rabbit

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    do players even know or care? or do they just say...make it like this one
     
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  7. Torres

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    What do they think of L-Tec's 'secret sauce' stringing method?

    (I guess they'll probably be too polite to answer)

    Or to put the question in a potentially less controversial way, why do they not string with different tension differentials across the different mains, the different crosses etc, for any of the pros that they string for? Have they tried it? What have been their experiences?
     
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  8. origmarm

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    I second these two.

    I'd also be interested to hear if clients specify particular ATW patterns if any use them as I've seen different ones used by different tournament stringing companies.

    Lastly do they travel with an RDC? Other large kit? I know they use Bab Star series machines as they can transport them and take the base off but not if they take any other large kit?
     
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  9. Hominator

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    Thanks for doing this, Drakulie.

    1. What tips do they have for home stringers

    2. What kind of machine do they recommend for someone getting in to home stringing?

    Thanks!
     
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  10. Pavlos

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    I'd love an answer to these questions too.
     
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    And now that we have inundated them with questions, we should thank P1 in advance. :twisted:
     
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    Drak, ill be staying on key biscane the 21st and 22nd..when will you be there?
     
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  13. ART ART

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    This would be nice to know...

    Thanks
     
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  14. Xpherex

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    Have they ever customized Yonex RQiS Tour 1 (As some say Hewitt didn't use it, only PJ)? If they did what was the setup? (weight, balance, swing weight, etc...)
     
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  15. topspin18

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    If u could ask if more players are starting to go back to a hybrid with natural gut again?
     
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  16. Power Player

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    My question would be how they match up swingweight to the players build, height and experience level.

    Basically any tips on finding the proper swingweight.
     
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    Drakulie:

    I'd like to hear their thoughts on grip sizes and shapes in regard to today's racquets and player power and styles (i.e. how they fit them, is a customized shape better?, etc...) Does it affect serves in any way?

    Also, and this has nothing (for me) to do with any "special" stringing methods not to be named now, but just their thoughts on low(er) tensions for polys (when using a full bed). I've been stringing them in the upper 40s...because it works for me, to leave it at something simple.

    Thanks.
     
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  18. J.Lee42

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    My question would be: how do they make their customizing so perfect?
     
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  19. jgreen06

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    How do they choose what pallet/grip shape to use? Is there some "golden frame" from their junior days that the players give them to duplicate or does P1 have a library of tons of shapes for them to try out?

    Thanks drak
     
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  20. drakulie

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    Great questions guys/gals. I'll make sure to do my best in getting some insight.

    Thanks, and keep em coming.
     
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  21. bigmatt

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    Rick, I'd like to know what their greatest customization challenge was from a layer, and what the strangest request they've had was.
     
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  22. tistrapukcipeht

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    What are the specs of their customers racquets (lol) ?
     
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  23. its_me_leon

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    When they make custom grip/handle I guess they make a mold of the players favourite grip including Base grip? So when the customized grip is ready player only uses overgrip?
     
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  24. FEDERERNADAL13

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    How many new rackets does Fed get per tourney?

    How much do you love your job?
     
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  25. mixedmedia

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    I doubt they'll answer this, but it would be interesting to see if they would.
     
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    This would be important for the at homers trying to modify their set up...I third this request.
     
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  27. mixedmedia

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    I think the "thirding" is actually the motion for recognition, but I might be wrong.
     
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  28. sixone90

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    What racquet does Ron, Nate and Glynn play with?

    Also, someone who knows Ron would like to know, do you still calculate your swingweight by taking the average of 10 swingweights?
     
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  29. scotus

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    When building custom handles, what material do they use?

    I'd like specifics. For example, if polyurethane expanding foam, what type, density, durometer, etc.
     
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  30. ben123

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    the recent string setups + tensions if possible. that would be interesting i guess..

    ofc not from federer as nearly everyone knows what he uses.

    and btw so you were not in delray drak? because im missing the promised thread ;)
     
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  31. Wikky

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    When are they going to start accepting interns.... don't judge me.
     
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  32. scotus

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    Also, please ask them what staple gun they use to staple butt caps.

    Hopefully something other than Hansen Tacker and Craftsman 9.6V.
     
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  33. Irvin

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    I have another question. Is there any method to the madness for SW, total weight, and balance point depending on the player's style of play and strokes? For instance would a base liner want a higher weight and swing weight that a serve and volley player? Would a short swing want a lighter weight and swing weight than a long swing?
     
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  34. 000KFACTOR90000

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    .............................oops, scotus beat me to it, thanks drakulie (stapler model for pallet changes)
     
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  35. Kot_Bigemot

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    Hey Drak.
    I have kind of a silly question but, i am VERY curious to find out. What brand/type of tape do they use to wrap plastic bags with? It looks like a light blue tape.
    I'd greatly appreciate if you could answer that.
    Thanks.
     
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  36. gatorbait01

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    Great thread Drak, any updates?
     
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  37. sixone90

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    Was wondering the same thing
     
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  38. ben123

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    drakulie actually only wanted to troll us with this thread
     
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  39. Irvin

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    I wonder if he just forgot to tell us it was a joke on April 1st?
     
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  40. Kot_Bigemot

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    No, he is not THAT type of guy. I am sure he is just busy stringing.
     
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  41. stringwalla

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    Hey Drak, I was stringing on site at the Sony-E. Seems that there is an understood "hush-hush" as far as player frame specs. Not sure what P1 is allowed to divulge.

    **** was on site to customize their contracted players and most other qualifier/main draw players used the on site Luxilon stringing services to prepare the frames for match play-

    **** is now off to Monte Carlo for the Davis Cup-
     
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  42. gatorbait01

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    Would the hush, hush be due to the players not wanting their specs divulged, or the racket manufacters not wanting lay people to know the pros rackets specs are different than what they endorse?

    Or some other reason?
     
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  43. PBODY99

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    From the way it doesn't seem to tear the plastic, it is either painters tape or drafting tape. Both are designed to be remove without leaving a residue.
    This is what I use http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&R=100166232&catEntryId=100166232
     
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  44. Kot_Bigemot

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  45. lidoazndiabloboi

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    yeah it seems clear-ish to me. could it be something like vinyl tape?
     
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  46. stringwalla

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    See a lot of things that would surprise a consumer. Brands, string, and frames are sometimes not as they appear on TV-
     
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  47. gavna

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    Just curious as to why it matters???? why the interest on what kind of bags or tape they would use?
     
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  48. Kot_Bigemot

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    I do not care what bags they use. To answer your question about tape - it is simple. I saw a tape that i could not tell what it was. So, naturally i wanted to find out.
    And NO, it does not matter, not to me anyway. When i see something i do not know or never saw, i try to find out what it is.
    Hope that answers your question.

    Happy Easter guys!
     
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  49. andtapes

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    Any news from Drakulie?
     
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  50. SwankPeRFection

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    Here's a question....

    Why doesn't P1 sell their leather grips to the public and not force us to send in a racquet just to have a grip installed? :roll:
     
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