Racket frame 0.08 inch smaller after restringing poly cross

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  1. Krajicek Serve

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    So I just restrung my poly cross for the first time ever in my racket with NG mains. When I strung my racket for the first time, I used 55 lbs for the mains and 51 for the crosses. I restrung my poly crosses @ 48 lbs (Pd GT, 16x19 string pattern)
    I noticed (5 min after stringing) that my frame is now 0.08 inch smaller than it should be.

    The length of the frame is still its correct size, but the width is not correct. Is this a problem? Is it, for example, possible I will brake the frame when I'll play with it.
    The crosses will lose tension in the next 48 hours, is it possible this process will restore the width of the frame to its original size?
     
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  2. Irvin

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    What was the length before you strung it? I doubt very seriously there's a problem
     
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  3. Krajicek Serve

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    Sorry, you are right, the lenght is 0.08 inch longer.


    You can forget that part of my post.
     
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    Looks like you got way too much spare time.
    Go play tennis, please!

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  5. Krajicek Serve

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    Hahahah, I will play tennis tommorrow , so today I have plenty of time to get to the bottom of it.:)
     
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  6. Krajicek Serve

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    my two questions are:

    - Is it possible I damage my frame playing with this racket (of which the frame is 0.08 inch smaller and shorter).
    - Is it possible that because of the fact that only the crosses in my racket will lose tension in the next 48 hours after stringing, my frame will go back to its original size?
     
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  7. newpball

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    Cool 8)

    Have a great day!
     
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  8. Krajicek Serve

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    I meant 0.08 inch smaller and longer btw in my previous post
     
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    I"m confused :)
     
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  10. jswinf

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    Less than a tenth of an inch isn't much--I'm not sure if I'd be confident in measuring to that exactitude. Maybe you don't have to worry about it? :confused:
     
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  11. morten

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    Fastened too tight while stringing. Very annoying....
     
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    If your partner doesn't notice, it doesn't matter!
     
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  13. Krajicek Serve

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    OK, I know there's not a huge distortion of the frame, but I still think it's interesting to see if this distortion will go away when the tension loss of the first 24-48 hours after stringing appears.

    I mean, in this case, in the first 48 hours from now, only the crosses will lose tension and not the mains. So maybe the frame get a bit wider in the next few days.

    Also I think that due to the shape of a racket, it's better to play with a frame which became wider after stringing than to play with a smaller frame. So that's why I'm a bit scared to play with this frame.
     
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  14. Chotobaka

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    Get a life.
     
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  15. zapvor

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    yea seriously. you are measuring .08???? really? what are you using? a ruler?
     
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  16. Krajicek Serve

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    No, I'm using a tape-measure.

    Sorry for asking this question, I didn't know I would make people angry.
     
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  17. morten

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    I am with you Krajicek serve... Of course this is interresting. But as i said, while stringing dont fasten the racket too tight.
     
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  18. Krajicek Serve

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    Thanks Morten :)

    But I am not sure I know what you mean, do you mean I mounted it too tight?

    I have a two point mount system, so I don't think that's possible.
     
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  19. zapvor

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    lol read your thread title.
     
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    I think you did a good job warping your frame the correct amount. By this I mean that as your poly crosses lose tension, if anything it will be your gut mains shortening and widening your frame that will be the problem. Check again in a week. Until then, enjoy your equipment.
     
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  21. Krajicek Serve

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    Thanks your answer, I will check my frame in a week!
     
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    I just had the same experience.

    I think it'll round out as the poly loosens up.

    I'm not worried.

    Also, this time i re-strung the crosses as i pulled out the old ones instead of pulling out all the crosses first. I pulled them out a couple ahead as i re-wove and tensioned the new ply crosses. Seemed to make sense, although I'm not sure about the tension, as I was pulling on "harder" weaves versus as if doing them with only mains installed. Capiche?
     
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  23. Irvin

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    Check in a week or two and let us know if it changes. My guess is it won't.
     
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    One day I will care enough to partake in one of these conversations.... maybe tomorrow.
     
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  25. Krajicek Serve

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    Ok I will let you know!
     
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  26. struggle

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    Mine has. After about 5 sets (doubles).
     
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  27. tennis_ocd

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    I'd measure it during change overs and chart the results.
     
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  28. struggle

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    brilliant idea. i'm thinking metric since we have many non-US citizens on the boards.
     
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  29. Krajicek Serve

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    Yeah speaking about metric, I converted 2 mm to inches, that's why it's 0.08 inches.

    I will let you guys know if it has changed over time.
     
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