Problem stringing Ashaway Dynamite Soft

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  1. JavierLW

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    By all means I am not blaming the string, but perhaps I did something wrong here, like didnt adjust the clamps to compensate for how slick this string is.

    Let me know if that's likely the case.

    Racquet: A300
    String: Ashaway Dynamite Soft 17 (1 piece job)

    This is the 9th racquet Ive strung on my new Combo 710 machine. Since seeing one of the Yulittle videos on starting mains with using one of the fixed clamps as a anchor clamp this is how Ive done it:

    - I pull the mains thru the two center grommets in the throat and thru the head, so I have a short side of 10 feet and a long side of 30 feet.

    - I use one of my fixed clamps to secure one of the mains near the throat. I also use a starting clamp on the outside of the frame at the head on the same main just to help keep that clamp up so it doesnt pull the string down.

    - I then tension the other main and clamp it near the head.

    - On the same side I usually go ahead and tension the next main (#2) and clamp that near the throat with the same clamp I just used. So there is now the distance of more then 2 mains between the two clamps.

    - Then I tension the other center main that had the first clamp. And then I move that clamp from the throat to the head on the same main.

    Usually this works fine and my dropweight stays level while I move this clamp. This time however it would drop all the way down as soon as I released the clamp.

    I tryed it 3 times and it happened everytime. Eventually I just moved the starting clamp to the inside of the frame on the head side just to not have to move that clamp.

    Thinking about it now though maybe the other clamp was slipping? I eventually did tighten both of them a hair.
     
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  2. Kevo

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    It's just the clamp slipping. The string gets thinner when you tension it, so once you remove the start clamp it will slip through the table clamp. If you put the starting clamp right behind the table clamp then you should be able to tension that main before removing the starting clamp. Then you should be OK if the table clamp is tight enough. Hope that makes sense.
     
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  3. JavierLW

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    Do you mean put it between the table clamp (the "anchor clamp") and the throat, so when you tension the main the starting clamp will help hold the string in place? (because it will be up against the table clamp)
     
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  4. Kevo

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    Yes, the starting clamp goes behind the table clamp to keep the string from slipping through the table clamp.
     
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  5. MuscleWeave

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    Whichever method I use, I'm finding that I need to adjust the clamps' tightness constantly until I finish the mains. I'm practicing now using Forten Nylon 16, another very soft and slippery string. And I'm not comfortable with the tightness that I have to use to keep this string from slipping.
     
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  6. dancraig

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    Sometimes a quick clamp cleaning, with alcohol, makes a difference in the amount of pressure needed.
     
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  7. rufusbgood

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    Are we talking about Forten Competition? This is not a string I would expect to have clamping issues with. Now Babolat Xcel or Prince Premier w/Softflex, these are soft and slippery. They're the kind of strings that make you glad you have diamond dusted clamps. Forten Comp 16 should not be posing any problems. Are your adjustment knobs holding position? Do you have a mark on them that you can watch to be sure they are? Did you clean the gripping surface with alcohol? Should be a breeze.
     
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  8. MuscleWeave

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    Thanks dancraig and rufusbgood. I'll try both of those things. I did clean my clamps recently, but I'll do it again. It had never occured to me that the clamps could be loosening. I've been so string focused.
     
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  9. rufusbgood

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    These days I just use a single mark on white self adhesive label paper but I had this photo on file. Thought it might give you an idea what I meant.

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