Speedport Black Hybrid?

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  1. NE1for10is?

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    I have a Prince 03 Speedport Black without the ports that I currently have strung with X1-Biphase at 55lbs.

    I'm looking for a little more spin from the racquet, so I'm considering doing a hybrid of Biphase and Genesis Hexonic (a soft co-poly). Has anyone done hybrid stringing with the Speedport with the open ports? It's odd to string this racquet one piece, so I'm wondering if there is there anything I should know in terms of stringing a two piece or in the performance of a hybrid with this racquet.
     
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  2. Irvin

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    The only issue you will run into is stringing the crosses. Have you even strung a racket with O ports before? What stringing method (boomerang, spacer, brake, 50/50, watching...) will you be using? What type stringer and clamps do you have?
     
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  3. tennis_ocd

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    I regularly string the o-ports using a spacer; to me it was much quicker than using the brake. I typically do one piece and must pay attention to the short side of racket. It will only work if the short string is aligned with short side racket marking.
     
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    That will depend on whether or not you use the short side to string the top cross using one piece. If you do then the short side must be on the long side. Remember the OP want to use hybrid strings so one piece won't work for him at all.
     
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  5. loosegroove

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    Since you're familiar with stringing with the ports, then there's nothing weird about doing a 2 piece. The only thing different from a standard racket, is that they have a designated short side as you mentioned. So the starting tie off is on only one side of the frame, which isn't something that you have to think about in advanced, unlike when doing a 1 piece where you could end up doing the mains before realizing you screwed up.
     
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  6. NE1for10is?

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    Yes, I've strung it before, but only one piece. I use a brake with a silent partner e-stringer with fixed clamps. Although the brake is not the greatest and doesn't always work reliably. I have the T things that came with the racquet, but I haven't figured out how to use them. Is that the boomerang? It doesn't seem to fit anywhere in the ports. If anyone can post a photo of stringing this racquet with a boomerang or spacer I'd appreciate it.
     
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    Just use the brake and you should be fine. Just make sure you start on the correct side.
     
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    So, what's the correct side to start the crosses on with a two piece?
     
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    According to the 2012 Stringer Digest, start the crosses at 7H (right side) for a two piece stringing.

    Good Luck!
     
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    The long side, or the one not marked "Short Side."
     
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    Just don't mount the racket upside down. Hopefully the butt cap in on correctly.

    EDIT: The long side is the side with the highest O Port on the Speedport Black.

    EDIT: Preweave the top crosses with normal grommets starting on the side with the highest O Port and you will be fine. That works on any Prince racket. Then when stringing down the racket your string will go into the top of all the O Port from the outside of the frame, and into the the bottom of the O Ports from the inside of the frame.
     
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    Isn't there a grommet clearly labeled "Starting Knot". That would be the side you start the crosses from, just like when doing it as a one piece opposite the short side.
     
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    Huh? I'm confused as how you could mount a racket "upside down".

    EDIT: Oh, I get it. That was referring to the above post where the starting side was specified by the "right" designation.
     
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  14. Irvin

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    That is correct. If you mount the speedport black with the logo on the buttcagp right side up the LNG side is on the right.

    EDIT: If I remember right the only Prince racket that trick does not work on is the EXO3 Tour. With the logo right side up the short side is on the right.
     
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  15. loosegroove

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    Just grabbed my EXO3 Tour, and you're right. My older Ozone Tour on the other hand, the trick applied to. With "Start Knot" labeled on the frames, not to mention the enlarged grommet, the orientation is something I've never even paid attention to.
     
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    Thanks loosegroove, I wasn't possitive which racket it was. It really only matters if you're stringing one piece. Even if you do have the short side on the wrong side you can use the short side to string the top cross and you will end up correct on the long side again.
     
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  17. NE1for10is?

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    Thanks for the tips guys. Mission accomplished. Now we'll see how it performs once we get out on the court.
     
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  18. tennis_ocd

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    Well yeah but where's the job security in that?

    More fun to explain how to check butt caps, logo alignment, cross referenced to different model configs, measuring highest o-port on long side opposite one-piece short side and how if done correctly will magically align starting knot with grommet marked "STARTING KNOT HERE"
     
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