Puma BB Super

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  1. slowfox

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    Looked up some pics on the web. I see it strung in several different ways. Some are 7H 8H 7T 9T shared, some are 7H 9H 7T 9T shared, and some are 7H 8H 7T 8T shared. Stringer's choice?
     
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    If I were stringing a BB Super/Winner or similar I'd go with 7 & 9 and throat. If you check old pictures of Becker that should be the right way.

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    There could be other models of that racket but the one is the picture is strung correctly. If 7 and 9 H and T were shared your mains would have to skip 8H and 8T.
     
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    Maybe my post didnt read right. I'd string it so that 7H & 8H are shared, and 7T & 9T are shared. The outer main would be a diagonal.

    Having checked by USRSA stringers digest from 1993 it shows the pattern as given by Irvin

    However, the most of the pictures here http://www.80s-tennis.com/pages/puma.html show the pattern I'd use.

    So, back to the OP, its almost anything will work. And after all, they are the solid 80's frames we know.

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    Didn't Borris Becker use a Puma racket back in the day? Or was it an Adidas?
     
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    Here is a thread that shows that racket when the stringer shared 7t and 9t but I don't think it is strung right. The two outside mains are not parallel to the other mains. I don't think it is illegal just not correct.

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=245893
     
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    That is the way I'd expect to see this rqt strung, and that the original intention is that the 2 outer mains are not meant to be parallel.

    There are plenty of pics of BB when using the Puma rqts showing it strung with the non-parallel string pattern. Even his Estusa Puma copies where strung that way.

    So for me, that's the right way, Old Skool.

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    Yeah, on the Puma, ESTUSA, etc. the outer two mains were not parallel. I distinctly remember because it used to bother me to string it that way, just didn't seem like they'd do it that way, but.....they did.
     
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    The design was done on purpose due to the head shape........the thought was because the head was so much wider at the throat the frames designer thought he need to have the tension offset - that's what we were told back in 1984 - 1985 when we first stated stringing them. All the Pumas what that head shape had the same pattern with the last two mains offset.
     
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    I understand, it still looked goofy :)
     
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    Agreed...I couldn't stand the non-parallel stringing on the Puma, Estusa, early Volkl, early Kneissl...seriously big gap at the bottom either way. This was the EIGHTIES...for cryin' out loud!!! We ain't stringin' no wood pattern in our shiny, techo-advanced rackets!!! Heck, that includes the 200G with its ugly crooked strings :) .
     
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    Where you been?

    These KIDS nowadays. :)
     
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  14. slowfox

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    Thanks y'all for responding.
     
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    And funnily enough the angled outside mains looks appropriate to me. That's how I remember them.

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