what do you pay for your racquet to be strung?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by eastbayliz, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. eastbayliz

    eastbayliz Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2013
    Messages:
    196
    Location:
    Oakland
    I am looking to survey how much people pay to have their racquet strung, labor only or labor plus string cost. Where do you have it strung? Tennis shop? The club you play at? The public courts you play at? Sporting goods store? A freelance stringer?
     
    #1
  2. Mighty Matteo

    Mighty Matteo Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2010
    Messages:
    471
    Since you are a new poster, you are probably not very familiar with the search function above. You can find many previous threads on this topic.
    Cheers!
    Mighty Matteo
     
    #2
  3. SFrazeur

    SFrazeur Legend

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2006
    Messages:
    6,480
    Location:
    Arkansas
    The search function is your friend!

    The sort of friend that doesn't tell you what you want to know unless you stumble upon the right combination of words.

    -SF
     
    #3
  4. eastbayliz

    eastbayliz Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2013
    Messages:
    196
    Location:
    Oakland
    Cool thanks!
     
    #4
  5. Cfidave

    Cfidave Professional

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2004
    Messages:
    1,189
    Location:
    Elmira,NY
    In my area both myself and another individual do most of the stringing. We both charge $10.00 plus the cost of the strings. Most racquets end up in the $18-$21.00 range. Hope that helps.
     
    #5
  6. McLovin

    McLovin Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2007
    Messages:
    3,184
    Yeah, I used to charge $10 + cost of string, but the club I belong to got a bit frustrated that they couldn't compete w/ me. So I upped it to $15 labor at their request.

    I grandfathered in people I had been stringing for at the $10 rate, but new clients get the $15 labor.

    So now most string jobs are in the $20 - $25 range.
     
    #6
  7. Wes_Loves_Dunlop

    Wes_Loves_Dunlop Professional

    Joined:
    May 26, 2009
    Messages:
    853
    I charge 10+cost of string
     
    #7
  8. anubis

    anubis Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2012
    Messages:
    3,011
    The local pro shop near me charges $16 per racquet.
     
    #8
  9. emilyhex

    emilyhex Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2012
    Messages:
    209
    The clubs around here about $14-$20 with the median around $15 (not including strings). String prices are marked up generously if you choose to use theirs.
     
    #9
  10. rdis10093

    rdis10093 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2011
    Messages:
    3,879
    Location:
    states
    6 goats and 3 cows
     
    #10
  11. TennisCJC

    TennisCJC Legend

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2010
    Messages:
    5,361
    I string my rackets so I only pay the cost of the string. I string for friends who provide string for $10 but I only do it for friends - not trying to run a business. If I provide string, $15 for syn gut, $20 for good poly and poly/syn gut hybrids, and $25 for premium poly and premium poly/multi hybrid. I think my prices are $5-$15 lower than any local shop.

    Most tennis clubs and pro shops charge in the low $20s for syn gut, and $30-$40 range for premium multis and/or polys. TF NRG2 or X1 Biphase might be $35 plus 7% tax at a pro shop. You might save a couple of dollars at general sporting goods stores but stringer may or may not know what they are doing.
     
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2013
    #11
  12. kazamzaa

    kazamzaa Rookie

    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    Messages:
    217
    Location:
    Finland
    My coach charges 10 Euros. I bring my own strings.
     
    #12
  13. THESEXPISTOL

    THESEXPISTOL Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 5, 2009
    Messages:
    3,008
    Location:
    Europe
    I string for myself and a couple of buddies. I charge them:
    5€ for labor
    10€ for syngut/full poly/hybrid of the previous
     
    #13
  14. Slitch

    Slitch Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2013
    Messages:
    195
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    A big sportshop asks 8€ ex, 28€ including babolat excell. A pro shop only has combined charges, 35€ including excell and 70€ for VS gut. A junior at my club charges 10€ ex, 15 inc cheap poly.
    I charge my best friends a beer + string, others 8€ + retail string set prices.
     
    #14
  15. marsh

    marsh Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    Messages:
    196
    Location:
    TN
    $20 plus the cost of string. This is consistent between two locations in my area. One charges sales tax, one does not.
     
    #15
  16. S&V Specialist

    S&V Specialist Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2012
    Messages:
    296
    Location:
    Texas
    6 racquets strung with Cyber Flash 17 costs me $0 thanks to Prince. :)
     
    #16
  17. struggle

    struggle Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Messages:
    4,267
    Location:
    Western North Carolina
    $15 labor. Strings I round up to the next dollar from what i pay.
     
    #17
  18. eastbayliz

    eastbayliz Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2013
    Messages:
    196
    Location:
    Oakland
    Thanks everyone! I have paying through the nose for stringing. tennis shop was $30 even though I provided the strings. found a good stringer charging 15 for labor. I provided strings. thinking about stringing my own racquets but of course will need to make the initial investment in machine. I do have plenty of time and am interested in stringing so that road sounds cool.
     
    #18
  19. SFrazeur

    SFrazeur Legend

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2006
    Messages:
    6,480
    Location:
    Arkansas
    I string for myself. However, if I string for someone else I charge $15. That is the normal price for labor in my area. At falcilities they pay $8-$10 to the stringer.

    -SF
     
    #19
  20. dode

    dode Rookie

    Joined:
    May 15, 2009
    Messages:
    249
    Location:
    Kansas City
    I charge $12 plus the cost of string rounded up to the nearest dollar.

    John
     
    #20
  21. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Messages:
    19,667
    Location:
    Central Florida
    You sound like the perfect candidate to string for yourself.
     
    #21
  22. max pl

    max pl Rookie

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2011
    Messages:
    334
    last time i paid someone to string i was charged 22 for labor and 22 for rpm blast each for two racquets.

    the smile on the owners face as i was paying him led me to buy my own machine and string on my own.
     
    #22
  23. ishiun

    ishiun New User

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2012
    Messages:
    87
    Location:
    Tallahasse, Florida
    I string my own now but my club strings it at $18
     
    #23
  24. max

    max Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2004
    Messages:
    2,682
    I string free for friends; otherwise, it's $10 and another $5 for the synthetic gut I usually use. If another string's picked, I just go with that price.

    It's been $10 labor for too long.
     
    #24
  25. v-verb

    v-verb Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2012
    Messages:
    2,071
    Location:
    Toronto
    RPM Team - $36 per racquet.

    Hence I'm now stringing for myself
     
    #25
  26. eastbayliz

    eastbayliz Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2013
    Messages:
    196
    Location:
    Oakland
    Yeah I am coming to that conclusions! Next step researching good starter machines.
     
    #26
  27. eastbayliz

    eastbayliz Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2013
    Messages:
    196
    Location:
    Oakland
    haha cool! I know the feeling as I shelled out $30 of hard earned cash for labor on two racquets. If I do buy a machine it will take some time to recoup cost. But I think I could get there in a reasonable amount of time. I figure if I treat my machine well it should last many many years.
     
    #27
  28. JRstriker12

    JRstriker12 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2006
    Messages:
    3,364
    I have a Friend who will string occasionally and he only charges me $12 per racket. I provide my own string.

    Some of the other stringers I know will charge about $15 per racket.

    I was considering getting my own stringing machine since I used to play 3-4 times a week and used to restring ever 2-3 weeks.

    Right now I'm only playing once a week (hard to play more than that with twin infants at home) - so paying $15 ever 2-3 months to string a racket isn't too bad.
     
    #28
  29. jonnyjack

    jonnyjack Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2009
    Messages:
    381
    Location:
    Bay Area, CA
    I paid $190 shipped for my Klippermate in Jan 2012. I was paying $10 for labor before. I strung 11 times for myself in 2012 so that covered $110 already. I also strung 14 times for two of my friends and only charged them $5 labor so that was another $70 so I got back $180 in one year alone.

    Getting your own stringing machine is the way to go!
     
    #29
  30. v-verb

    v-verb Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2012
    Messages:
    2,071
    Location:
    Toronto
    My guy charges $17 plus string - and doesn't string at the tension you want - so the good members of this board convinced me to get a machine.

    I paid $50 plus shipping for a Klippermate. I hate stringing, but the 2 jobs I've done so far play great!
     
    #30
  31. tkoziol

    tkoziol Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2013
    Messages:
    293
    Location:
    Charleston, SC
    Pro shops here charge about $33. That why I string my own. I also string a large amount of racquets for other people.
     
    #31
  32. max pl

    max pl Rookie

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2011
    Messages:
    334
    i paid $1200 for a gamma els 1.5 years ago and i'm pretty sure i'v recouped the cost now when considering the clubs $22 an hour labor rate plus $5 premium for rpm blast over TW pricing.
     
    #32
  33. struggle

    struggle Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Messages:
    4,267
    Location:
    Western North Carolina
    there's alot more to stringing your own rackets than just saving a few bucks, don't forget.
     
    #33
  34. ultradr

    ultradr Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2006
    Messages:
    3,489
    $15 - 25, here in san jose and silicon valley.
     
    #34
  35. eastbayliz

    eastbayliz Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2013
    Messages:
    196
    Location:
    Oakland
    Yeah I did some stringing as a junior player with my dad helping me. My Dad managed some public courts and did stringing. I was really slow and impatient when I tried it so did not too much at all. That was about 1992 though so I think I might want to try it again for myself. It's amazing how much you take for granted at age 16! Both in tennis and life lol. I have alot of time nowdays and get to spend a lot of time on the tennis courts, both coaching kids and getting my own game back to a competitive level. Stringing seems a nice extension of this and I have the perfect stringing mentor with my Dad!
     
    #35
  36. Nickac

    Nickac New User

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2012
    Messages:
    58
    Location:
    Huntington Beach
    Anything more then $12 for labor is a freakin rip off.
     
    #36
  37. SFrazeur

    SFrazeur Legend

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2006
    Messages:
    6,480
    Location:
    Arkansas
    Why?

    -SF
     
    #37
  38. aced_Tezuka

    aced_Tezuka Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2012
    Messages:
    176
    My friend's brother does it for 12$ labor but it used to be 10$

    He does synthetic for 15$ I believe and 20$ for a hybrid and 25$ for RPM Blast or Lux Alu with free Solinco grip.

    My other friend strings and he charges cheaply I think but he can only handle 1 racket per day. I might get him to string 2 of mine for 25$ for two jobs of Polylon. Is this a good deal? Is Polylon any good?
     
    #38
  39. UCSF2012

    UCSF2012 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2010
    Messages:
    1,922
    I charge $14 + string for synthetic, and $25 + string for gut\poly. $12 for cross-only. Why the high price for gut\poly? Because my stringjobs don't break as easily.
     
    #39
  40. eidolonshinobi

    eidolonshinobi Professional

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,476
    Location:
    Sunny San Diego
    Free! But I charge $12 +cost of string
     
    #40
  41. zapvor

    zapvor Legend

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2006
    Messages:
    9,132
    Location:
    tennis courts
    geography plays a big factor i think. where i am rpm can easily be $40
     
    #41
  42. zapvor

    zapvor Legend

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2006
    Messages:
    9,132
    Location:
    tennis courts
    are you talking about mrhan?
     
    #42
  43. AlpineCadet

    AlpineCadet Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2006
    Messages:
    4,649
    I pay $5 for labor. Not sure about the quality, but it gets done in less than 15 minutes with some smoke coming off the strings. :(
     
    #43
  44. gmatheis

    gmatheis Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Messages:
    1,572
    Polylon only costs about $2 per set if you buy a reel , I know a D1 player that was using it and decided to give it a try. It plays ok but the feel was way too stiff/harsh for me. I gave what was left of my reel to a local high school player and got another reel of tourna big hitter blue rough 17g.

    As for the deal ... $25 for 2 rackets ... 12.50 per racket ... string costs $2 ... that's roughly $10 labor per racket ... not a great deal, not getting ripped off.
     
    #44

Share This Page