Restring Crosses Only

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Micalzon, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Micalzon

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    I'm messing around with a hybrid set up where I'm using a fairly durable SG for the mains and a not so durable SG for the crosses to soften up the stringbed. Has anyone attempted to cut out just the crosses and re-string? I'm thinking the mains will last 2-3 weeks but the crosses may only last 1 week or I may decide to up the tension depending on how it plays.

    I'm wondering if I lock the racquet into the stringer nice and firm before cutting them out, it should help in maintaining the shape of the racquet.

    Thoughts? Opinions?
     
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  2. tennisfu

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    I've seen it done plenty of times before with no issues. I wouldn't do it though personally. Yes, mount the frame on the stringer before cutting the crosses.
     
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  3. jim e

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    This topic comes up a lot. Many posts on this.
    Here is one thread of a # of them.
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=74551
    You can use the search, and its also on the sticky at top of this section.

    Some follow this, and others do not, as they each have reasons for and against. See the numerous posts on this. Main reason is cost, and how much are you really saving with your string set up?

    I do not do this. The main strings once installed loose tension, and playability characteristics over time. If you install just the cross strings later, would you know the exact tension of the remaining mains? The resulting string job would not be a repeatable job, and most stringers strive for consistency, and with partial string jobs consistency is gone.
    Especially with just a synthetic gut string, as they are cheap enough, why bother , just restring the entire job . Just my opinion, its your racquet to do as you please.
    Typical syn. gut is cheap, just how much are you really saving as your only talking of an additional 1/2 set of a syn. gut as well, as the labor which is the most expense is now not there as you string your own, so why bother? For me, it would even be faster stringing it all rather than partial job,so your even saving your own time and labor by redoing the entire job.
     
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  4. nacolo

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    I do this all the time as long as the mains are still in good condition.
     
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  5. Micalzon

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    Thanks for the info. All very good points.
     
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    It is perfectly fine, however I would only do this with gut in the mains because it maintains its playability until it breaks. SG really does nit rendering the point moot.

    For those paranoid folks who think you will distort the frame by dong this- I always ask the same question, which they never answer.

    "When you do a full string job, you do the mains first, right? Omg omg omg that's going to distort the frame!!!!"

    Sorta dumb, huh.
     
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    Always a frequently argued topic. I would never do it in a shop setting but your own string job i see no risk as long as the crosses are cut out while the racquet is mounted.
     
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  8. struggle

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    mount it before cutting out the crosses and go for it.

    i still don't think you'll get any useful results by doing so.

    beat down mains and new crosses, syngut.
     
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  9. zapvor

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    i would never do it. not even at home to save a few bucks
     
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  10. nacolo

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    I'm messing around with my rackets only, for the fun of it, not just to save a few bucks.
     
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  11. marosmith

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    LOL

    :):)
     
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  12. zapvor

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    lol what??
     
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  13. spinovic

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    It doesn't seem like it would be worth it unless the string you're leaving in is a half-set of gut. It is the only thing expensive enough and that maintains its tension and playability long enough, IMO.
     
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  14. marosmith

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    Agreed.

    :)
     
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  15. ricardo

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    I do it all the time.

    My gut mains outlast 5 crosses (nylons).

    I might try poly as a cross at a much lower tension, i.e 25-30 lbs.
    I tension my gut mains @45-50.
     
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  16. jcollura4

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    you can do it, just mount in the machine before to prevent warping
     
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  17. Rjtennis

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    I did it once recently because I didn't care for the poly cross I used after a few hitting sessions and the VS mains were still it very good shape. The problem is that you are going to lose tension in the mains and you don't have a great idea for what tension to restring the crosses. Maybe you could find a more durable SG cross that plays soft and is more durable.
     
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