# What is a racquet's "short side"?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by JackB1, Jan 18, 2010.

1. ### JackB1G.O.A.T.

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I have been watching many stringing videos on YTube and am starting to understand the process of stringing a racquet. In some stringing directions, there is a reference to a racquet's "short side". What does this mean and how is it implemented? thanks

2. ### NewGuyRookie

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In a one piece job, the side that uses half the mains (you complete half the mains and tie off). You finish the rest of the mains with the long side, then finish the crosses with what remains.

3. ### rudesterProfessional

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when you are stringing one piece, you need to leave most of the length of string on one side because you are going to use this longer side to string the crosses, you do not need as much string for the other half of the racquet as you will only use this to string half the mains, this is the short side.

4. ### LttlElvisProfessional

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If you string with 2 pieces, assume about 20 ft string for mains and 20 ft. string for crosses. The mains would be 10 ft of string on both left and right.

If you string with 1 piece of string, you have 40 ft. When you start the mains, you will still have 10 ft on one side, but 30 ft on the other side because the rest of the string will be used for the crosses. The side with 10 ft is considered the short side. Many racquets (Prince in particular) will indicate "short side" for one piece stringing. This ensures that you will end up stringing the right pattern and sequence.

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5. ### JackB1G.O.A.T.

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What's weird is that in Prince's stringing instructions for the Rebel. it says "2-piece stringing", which would mean it's not an issue....right?

6. ### topanlegoSemi-Pro

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Correct. If you're stringing 2-piece, there there is no short side. For the mains, just pull through the string even on both sides.

7. ### YULitleHall of Fame

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UNLESS, that racquet is a prince Ozone (of whatever ilk), Wilson roller or something similar. On these racquets, it's important to know what side if the short side because you must start your cross on the other side.

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