Stringing Racquetball and Squash Racquets

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  1. kimbahpnam

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    I've never done it, but I've gotten a few requests to do them. I have a Gamma 5003. Would I be able to string those on my stringer? How difficult is it to string them? Where do I start looking in how to do these? :confused:
     
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  2. Ash_Smith

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    Racquetball not so popular over here, but squash is, so we get a few squash racquets through. Not that different to stringing a tennis racquet to be honest, usually around 14 mains and 16-19 crosses, as lond as you know the pattern and which grommets to skip you'll be fine - I always take a photo before cutting out the strings just incase the pattern is a bit odd. The only one that caused a little trouble was a Price Speedport Black which had the power ring at the throat, this causes a few issues as you have to make sure the last cross is a hard weave which means you have to get the first cross the right way round! Other than that there pretty much fine.
     
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  3. Irvin

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    A little more complicated that that Ash. When you are stringing the Speedport Black with the power ring (Prince calls it a centre bridge) you also have to make sure you string the mains in the opposite direction on each side of the centre bridge or you will have it messed up. Then you have the hard weave you must have at the bottom of the frame but it is the last cross you install since it must be strung top to bottom. If you look at the stringing instructions there is no mention of either of these problems you just have to know it. Then there is the little problem with the O ports on the racket. Does Prince make boomerangs for these that are different from the tennis frames. If you are going to use a two piece 50/50 method to string these frames where do you start. Fan rackets will not pull straight in the center of the racket.

    Racketball and squash rackets are quite a bit different from tennis rackets but it can be done. Make sure you know what you are doing before you strart. And for anyone with a glide bar machine I would not recommend string racketball or squash since many of those racket have fan patterns.

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  4. Irvin

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    Here is another problem let's look at the Prince O3 Orange squash racket stringing instructions. On there index page they call it an O Zone silver, the URL for the stringing instructions lists it as an O Zone Tour, and the pattern shows it as an O3 Orange. Are they all the same?

    In this pattern Prince calls the centre bridge a power ring. That is consistent isn't it? They they tell you about going over and under the power ring on each side (left side under and right side over.) Right after that they have two notes that tell you both the left and the right go under the power ring. My head is spinning now. And now you see the mains must be tensioned and clamped at the head only. That means you are double pulling mains something that is not normally done in tennis. But this time they mention the hard weave they say start crosses at 5H hard weave required. They just don't tell you the hard weave is at the bottom of the racket.

    I am going to stick to tennis only. LOL

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  5. Stinkdyr

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    I string my squash racquets on my Silent Partner eStringer. Works great. Easy to do, so I charge much less. Ashaway SuperNick braided string at 20 lbs tension is my fave. 18g I think I use.
     
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  6. lionel_101

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    I string basucally just racquetball racquets, as that is the sport I play. I can string any make of racquetball racquet on my Gamma X-2, and you should be able to do the same on your Gamma 5003. It should be easier on your machine because of the fixed clamps and the brake.

    Ektelon , Head, E-force and Gearbox have actual string instructions for most of their newer model racquets on their websites, so start there. Wilson just has the basic stringing pattern information on their site and Pro Kennex has nothing that I know of.

    Next go to the Klippermate website and you will find under stringing pattern the basic information for most racquets, but not all. I don't know how often they update their information.

    For those racquets that have no information or just the basic information, you need to look very carefully and take notes as to how the strings go and where the tie offs are located, before even thinking of cutting the strings out.

    Racquets like the Ektelon(with O ports), Head (IGS) and especially E-force you have to mount them with a certain side up. Failure to do this will prevent you from doing the crosses correctly.

    Troubles you might encounter .....

    1. Mounting the various type of racquetball racquets correctly maybe be a challenge, as there are no hoops on these racquets like on most tennis racquets have.

    2. A lot of the racquets that have the mains going through the handle or throat area require double pulling the mains, especially E-force racquets. Double pulling here means tensioning 2 main strings at one time at the head of the racquet. I believe this is a big no-no in the tennis world. What can be confussing is that E-force requires you to add 6 lbs when double pulling and other companies don't. The only snag is that they don't tell you this or what to do.

    3. Doing the crosses will be hard in the bottom third of the racquet as the strings are so close together. It is easy to mis-weave if not carefull. You will not be breaking any speed records like on tennis racquets.

    4. It could be almost impossible to clamp the last cross string on the top or bottom of the racquet, due to some being to close to the frame or the actual mounting structure gets in the way. Fixed clamps might not be able to reach them.

    You are in for a treat and will have fun doing racquetball racquets. After doing 50 or so racquets, you will get use to them and their quirks.

    The worst of the bunch are the E-force racquets and all of their weird stringing patterns. I know a few stringers that will not touch them. I on the other hand have no problems with them.

    Happy stringing.....
     
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