Professional Stringing Room; A Behind the Scenes look of the Delray Beach ATP 250

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by drakulie, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. skiracer55

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    Drak, you are one amazing dude...

    ...no way could I string that many frames in a lifetime, let alone during a single tournament...
     
  2. drakulie

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    You should see how many racquets guys like jazar, uk_skippy string in a week. They put me to shame.
     
  3. Sinner

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    Great thread Drakulie... thanks for taking the time and putting in the effort!

    Does JMac still string in the 40-ish lbs?
     
  4. drakulie

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    sinner, he was stringing at 50 lbs with a full bed of BDE natural gut.

    Cheers.
     
  5. x5150

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    Thanks for the pictures and info. Very interesting! How fast can you string a 16 x 19 full poly with that machine? I'm still slow (30 min) after a few years on my prince neos 1000.
     
  6. drakulie

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    X5150, on average less than 15 minutes.
     
  7. zapvor

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    lots of good pics! i am still at 30min myself too
     
  8. drakulie

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    Thanks, Zap.

    Hope you're having fun at the OPEN.
     
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    Impossible on my klippermate :)
     
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    Many thanks drak... Such an informative thread!!
     
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    Your graphic is a valiant attempt to explain the mystery, but I question the science. For one, I never clamp the string that low in the clamp. On my Babolat clamps that is getting below the coated area. I would not recommend that anyone use that part of the clamp. At this point, I am not convinced that we know what is at play here, if in fact, there is a difference.

    Cheers,
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  12. drakulie

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    Keep chugging along. You'll get there. :) But remember, all that really matters is that you do a quality job.

    Very welcome. Glad you enjoyed the thread.
     
  13. andress

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    Do you know wich is the weight?
     
  14. drakulie

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    andrees, I believe it was 365.
     
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    Couple of questions...

    When Ken was tubing the mains on Isner's frames, I noticed he was clamping off further from the frame than he probably does normally.

    1. Is this common and acceptable?

    2. If you pull tension and the tubing shifts, is there a way to trim it so you can clamp close to the frame without having to clamp onto the actual tubing? I would think releasing tension, adjusting the tubing, and repulling would affect the string, especially if it's poly.

    3. I did an old frame and the grommets literally crumbled, none available for purchase due to frame's age. Had to tube every throat main grommet. What should be done in this case at the tie-off holes?

    4. Might have been asked before, but can you remember the string setups that were done at Delray in the high 20s and low 70s, and players they were done for?

    Thanks man.
     
  16. drakulie

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    Strung for the champions series last night, which included Chang, Connors, Courier, and Sampras. What a thrill it was for me being able to meet and string for these hall of famers and legends. Sadly the photos I took of the frames, I mistakenly deleted from my camera. I only have photos of Couriers racquet, which I'll upload later and post. Enjoy.


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  17. rjw

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    Really cool stuff....
     
  18. mad dog1

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    these are some awesome pics, drakulie! were all these former champs pretty cool or did they have attitude dripping off of them?
     
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    Drakulie, I think I met you at the Delray ATP tourn. I was a ballboy taking a tour of the player's lounge and stringers area. Short skinny kid. :) Asked about Del Potros Stick. Was with Monica Sica
     
  20. mikeler

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    Wow, that is too cool!
     
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    I'm jealous!!!
     
  22. drakulie

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    Chang was very polite and very nice. (quiet)
    Courier was outgoing, friendly, funny and a great host.
    Sampras was very nice and reserved.
    Connors was a riot. Just full of laughs and smiles for everyone.

    I wouldn't say any of them had a negative attitude. Just normal guys,,,each with their own individual personalities.

    Yup, I remember. Will you be working at the Delray again this coming year? I'm still not sure if I will be stringing there.

    I was loving it. Very cool venue to be a part of.

    and Mike, YES>>> it was SOOOO cool to meet them and better yet to string there.
     
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    Drakulie, you are officially the coolest poster on this forum. :)
     
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    ^Agreed.

    The only way to get one-up on Drakulie at this point... is to marry one of their daughters.. and post some thanksgiving/christmas pics.

    Laying on the couch with Pete watching football after turkey....

    or..

    Snowball fight with Connors and the grandkids...

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    Drakulie... thank you for taking the time to post these pics. Really, really cool...!!! haven't said that since I was 14y.o., could imagine what it would feel like meeting them.
     
  25. drakulie

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    ^^haha, thanks guys. Much appreciated. Remember though that I am as much of a fan of these guys as you are and always appreciate others posting up stuff none of us get a chance to see, so it is only natural for me to want to share this type of stuff with you guys. (for example: fabfed and his collection amongst others on the boards)

    As promised, here are some photos of Courier's frame:

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    Drak, I've heard about a way to restore accidentally deleted photos from an SD card, but that's given you haven't taken more pics...

    Give it a google!
     
  28. Power Player

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    Drak, these are epic pics, congrats!

    I am real curious about Courier's setup. I have not heard of many using syn gut mains and poly crosses...what are the benefits there? Also, how much more did you tension the mains over the crosses?
     
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    Agreed.

    If I recall correctly, courier said he didn't like the feel of gut and always liked the feel of synthetic.
     
  30. drakulie

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    Little too late, but thanks for the insight. I'll check on this next time I screw up (hopefully never again).

    Courier requested mains/crosses at 60 lbs, then later went down to 58, 57 respectively as he had his frame re-strung.

    As for as having the Gosen in the Mains/Lux in the crosses, I would imagine this will do a few things for him:

    Being use to the Gosen from his ATP days, he is getting the same production/feel he use to get out of his mains and then getting a bit more bite from the Lux in the crosses, which enhances his already massive spin. This is coupled with a larger, more spin-friendly and powerful frame than what he used on tour.
     
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    Thanks! I may have to try that out. I have Gosen OG Sheep and Big Hitter Silver. That setup is probably real easy on the arm.
     
  32. zapvor

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    this is one of the best threads on here! man the things i would ask jim in person......
     
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    Thanks again for taking the time again to share, Drak.
     
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    Man, the last bit of media I last remember of you is the "serve" videos - with your ProStaff 6.0 - and now look at you saving the "best" pro picture of the ProStaff 6.0 god for last ;)
     
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    Great thread!
     
  36. BeHappy

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    I wonder what Sampras would think if he knew about the 5000 posts you've made about Federer being way better than him! ;)
     
  37. rjw

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    Say what? who?
     
  38. bad_call

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    :lol: too funny...let Pete know.
     
  39. davedomart

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    Yup, I remember. Will you be working at the Delray again this coming year? I'm still not sure if I will be stringing there.



    Yeah I think I'll be back. Working as a ballboy = a free food ticket and 2 free tickets per session worked. Maybe I'll string there some day:razz: Maybe I'll see you there...
     
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    Is it me or does Connors have that look....?

    That look that says..'I just saran wrapped the toilets in the girl's bathroom'...'hehehe'... :smile:

    Joking aside... of all the players... Connors would be the one I'd like to have a beer with. And maybe shoot some guns off as well.
     
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    LMAO!! That is funny. I'm sure he wouldn't be too happy. :)

    Have to agree with you here. Connors was a trip to be around.
     
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    Nice to see that Jimmy has his sense of humor back....he looked kind of pee'd off towards the end of his pro career.
     
  43. Polk County Pride

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    Drakulie,

    Have you found out whether you get a chance to string at Delray again this year? Looks like they are going to have a great field, I love that tournament. This is a great thread btw, I hope you get to continue to update it.
     
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    Nice thread how did you get in?
     
  45. drakulie

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    Polk, not sure yet. I was contacted about a month ago, but was not able to committ at that time. I will know in a few weeks.

    Thanks.

    Not sure I understand what you mean. How did I get in where?
     
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    How did you get to go into the backroonms?
     
  47. mmk

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    Did you read the first post of this thread?
     
  48. drakulie

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    Kingofstring, I was one of the stringers at the Delray tournament. Please read the opening post. I am pictured in many of the photos with the players.

    Hope you enjoy the thread.
     
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    Wow, I'm a little late to this thread, he he. Anyways I was wondering which color Gosen OG Sheep Micro does Courier use? Is he using Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power 16L for the cross? Looks like white OG Sheep but I'm just making sure.
     
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    Wow, just plain, wow...Drak. Thanks so much for starting and continuing this thread. I have truly enjoyed reading it.
     

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