wilson blx blade 98....string crosses to to bottom?

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  1. Tmano

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    Quick question guys, when stringing a blx blade 98 do I have to start the crosses at the top or bottom?
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  2. bluegrass_stringer

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    It is always recommended stringing racquets top to bottom to reduce stress and deformation on the racquet.
     
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  3. Irvin

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    Why do you ask are you considering using I a 50/50 method. Stringing crosses from the top to bottom is the best method for that racket.
     
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  4. red rook

    red rook Rookie

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    I've always strung top to bottom for the blade...
     
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  5. Geoff

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    If you are stringing the 16x19 version you can string crosses top to bottom the pattern calls allows for stringing with one piece. The 18x20 would require 2 pieces or around the world (ATW). My guess is that most manufacturers may frown upon or negate the warranty with the ATW pattern.
     
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  6. c_hari_c

    c_hari_c Semi-Pro

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    I have the same racket in 18x20 pattern. If you are stringing traditional one piece, you have to start crosses at bottom which I don't prefer. start your crosses at the top and do a 2 piece. Much quicker and less string to mess around with.
     
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  7. cajun_sparkle

    cajun_sparkle New User

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    I have been using the 18x20 for over a year now and have always done a one piece (crosses at bottom). I've probably done each racket 50 times (3+ per week) with no adverse effect (full disclosure: broke a very new one that slipped out of my hand on a serve though). All types of string always at 62 pounds.

    I'll never understand the preoccupation with atw & 2 piece stringing. Wilson allows 1 piece with crosses starting at throat OR 2 piece with crosses starting at head.

    http://www.wilson.com/en-us/sports/tennis/pdf/rackets/2011_US_Tennis_String_Inst.pdf

    My apologies for the necro.
     
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  8. lwto

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    It probably doesn't matter.

    For consistency sake, I always go top to bottom... like how I eat my Popsicle
     
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  9. dgdawg

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    OP: I've been using the BLX Blade 98 18x20 for a couple years. I use a gut/poly hybrid & string poly X's top down. I also have 3 or 4 open level customers w/the same frame that all use a full poly string bed. Personally, I use ATW stringing 1 piece, only because I have a stringing top down OCD. As another poster points out, Wilson's patterns indicate bottom up stringing. So IMPO, for what it's worth, my suggestion would be use whatever method you choose.

    PS....I haven't been on TT in quite some time due to the meaningless BS and feedback. I see some people still drop replies just to see their post count increase.....:confused::shock::confused:
     
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  10. uk_skippy

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    For those who string 18x20 blade/APD type frames 1 piece bottom up on the crosses, do you string 2 piece top down? I'm guessing, yes. If so why don't you also string the crosses bottom up on 2 piece?

    Certain frames are stronger/stiffer than others, such as Wilson & Babolat (but this isn't a sweeping statement to cover all their frames) and they can handle bottom up stringing. However there are brands that are more flexible (particularly in the hoop) i.e Head, and it would be detriment to the integrity of the frame to string it bottom up. Along with Yonex, these companies specify top down stringing, and it will void warranty if strung bottom up.

    There are also likely to be some granny-sticks that have mains finishing at the bottom. The reason these frames are very light while have a thick profile is due to the frames walls being thin. String these frames bottom up and they're going to crack very easily.

    For those who don't know, when stringing the crosses the stress of installing the said crosses moves in the direction you string. Since the strongest part of the frame is the shoulders/yoke of the frame, logic dictates that you move the stress towards the strongest point. But to cover a point I made earlier, some frames can handle bottom up, others can't.

    Regards

    Paul
     
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