Standing on strings to 'bed them in'...

Discussion in 'Strings' started by OrangeOne, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. OrangeOne

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    I've seen it done at the pro-level, I've seen it done at the amateur level too. Put a (usually freshly strung) frame on the ground, stand on the sweet-spot to stretch the strings.

    We're on synthetic grass courts, so I'm sure the frame would be ok on a scratch level (not that I care anyways).

    BUT: is it frame-safe? Does it risk a throat injury (due to the throat being a little in the air given the elevation from the buttcap)? Do pros just do it because the frame is one of 12 they get replaced over & over?

    My issue: I snapped a string tonight, so my (new-ish, so I only have 1 so far) RDS 002 Tour is being strung now, with Redcode 17g, and I hate that string for the first hour. I have to play a comp match with it about 15mins after I pick up the frame first thing in the morning. I don't want to start liking the string at the 45min-mark of a 1 hour (time-limited) match.

    Thoughts? Advice? Bad-stories that you have personally witnessed?
     
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  2. YULitle

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    I've seen people do it with no issue, but I can't speak on the actual structural problems that exist. I wouldn't do it with my main racquet, if it were me. But, I would try it out of curiosity on a 2nd or 3rd.
     
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  3. TNT16

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    Try folding up a towel and putting that underneath the head to make frame level with butt cap. Your frame should be fine unless you weigh 300+ pounds.
     
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  4. Pusher

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    I've seen it quite a bit. Players will step on the strings if they just took it off the stringer and are going directly into a match. The string tension will have a little more consistency throughout the match after that intial tension loss.

    Its not a problem.
     
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  5. Stan

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    By all means. Stand on it. In fact, why not jump on it? Treat it like a trampoline and see just how much air you can get. Yes, standing on a racquet is a great idea!!! Make sure to use all your weight.
     
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  6. YULitle

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    Stan: ROFL. That's great.
     
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  7. TNT16

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    Would be great to get feedback from TW staff given the wide disparity of opinion.
     
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  8. YULitle

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    You think you'd get more than just another opinion?
     
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  9. TNT16

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    Guess you got a point there LOL.

    Given your stringing/racquet expertise I trust yours (and I have stood on my strings in the past anyway without damaging the frame).
     
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  10. OrangeOne

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    I mean, I suppose an alternative would be to find a random TTWer named stan and bomp him on the head 1000 times, but I'd like to do something easier...

    ;)

    Thanks for all of the replies people, including the funny ones :). Seems it's all a-ok, and I think therefore I shall start the day with a quick aerobics class on my 002 tour :)
     
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  11. Double Fault

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    roflmao

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