Your Fastest Stringing Times

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by max pl, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. max pl

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    I've heard comments of the pro stringers stringing in 10 or 12 minutes so I want to hear how fast us amateurs string.

    I started off 2 or 3 years ago, stringing at 45-50 minutes, mainly poly.

    This past week I counted my string time and am down to 28-30 minutes for poly. Takes me 8 minutes to string the mains and preweave the first cross before finishing the outer mains, with the remainder of the time on the crosses. On an electronic stringer btw.

    What are your times on average, and give the string youre using and machine type.

    Also, how the F do pros actually string at 10 minutes given I actually string my mains very fast and only manage 8 minutes? That claim seems unbelievable to me.
     
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  2. cluckcluck

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    Fastest time I've ever done a full bed of poly, 22 minutes. On a stringway.

    Though I average 30.
     
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  3. Irvin

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    In 4 minutes I can string a racket, because it takes me about 4 minutes to remove the strings, check the frame, and get it mounted. But I can't string a racket in 4 minutes.

    EDIT: What time is considered when stringing a racket? Check frame, check grommets, check pattern, determine reason for stringing (why the strings broke,) remove string, clean frame, mount frame, determine pattern, set tension, uncoil string, cut string, etc...
     
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    ^^^Yours, I laughed like crazy before but not sure I can suffer through again.
     
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    ok so i guess this topics been covered before. lol.

    i just read through one of the longer, older thread and i guess i forgot one thing.

    its important to note if youre stringing one or two piece. haha. that'll obviously make a difference in time.
     
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  8. Irvin

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    Here is the issue I have with how fast you can string. You see Grand Slam stringers stringer stringing a racket in 15 minutes and think if you were as fast as them you could string on the pro circuit. There a lot of fast stringers, there are many good stringers, and there are a few good fast stringers.
     
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  9. max pl

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    yeh in the end, i'm not concerned if a racquet takes me 30 minutes vs 15 or 20 minutes as long as i do a good job.

    the difference in time, unless you do it as a job and have a ton of frames to string, is not a lot.
     
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  10. Irvin

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    Exactly, but if time does not matter what difference does it make how fast you are?
     
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    lets see.....last time i clocked myself it came at 12:40. my hands were shaking because it was being filmed. i am pretty sure i can do a sub 12min with a easy string.

    today i did 12 frames in 3.5hrs

    mains take about 4min and change depending. the key to cutting time is weaving. if you are spending over 5-6min on mains you dont string enough
     
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  12. zapvor

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    update: decided to test out my skills today.

    radical OS. fxp power. 55lbs. star 5.

    in 10min 50sec!

    so i think i can shave about 15 seconds or so from a few mistakes i made. i find it tougher actually when i race against the clock because of teh pressure. the other one i did just normal not timed and it came out to about 11:40 so its not like i am that much faster. i dont think i can do a sub 10min. at least not until i get more practice. maybe in 2000 jobs more.
     
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    7 min 4 seconds
     
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  14. Andyroo10567

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    For a steady flow through if you have a stockpile of racquets to finish. Do you want to do 12 racquets given 1 hour per piece? I think not.
     
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  15. zapvor

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    now that is FAST
     
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  16. zapvor

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    lol that would take 12hrs..........
     
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    Really? I didnt know that ! LOL :)
     
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  18. Arthuro

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    Fastest time ever in college was 17 seconds on a 16x19 pattern. I avg about 30 minutes on 16x19 and 33 minutes on a 18x20 pattern.
     
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  19. S&V Specialist

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    My fastest was sub-6 minutes on a badminton racquet ;)
    Tennis-wise my fastest was 8:52 on a POG mid using my Alpha Ghost.
     
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  20. S&V Specialist

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    That's insane! What machine and racquet? Do you have a video?
     
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  21. Cup8489

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    I assume you meant 17 minutes lol.

    I average a half hour on a dropweight..im sure I could get down to 20 with an electric
     
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  22. Carolina Racquet

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    I was able to do it once in 6 minutes flat. Of course I was doing my customized 6 x 8 string pattern. Does that count? (tongue firmly planted in cheek)

    Seriously, I once did a 16 x 19 one-piece job it in about 20 minutes on a klippermate, but I had to rush because I had to get to a match. Yes, it was my own racquet. I average about 30 to 40, depending on the string pattern and the type of string.
     
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  23. zapvor

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    sorry i meant it more as in "thats just nuts to take 12hrs to only do 12 jobs"
     
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  24. zapvor

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    some pretty good times in here. i thought i was good......oops!
     
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    I've never timed myself on one racquet, i just know i can do 3 racquets an hour if i need to, probably an hour 5 if we're talking 18x20 full poly jobs.

    I guess this goes back to how you guys time it. My times consist of cutting strings, mounting, measuring, stringing, straightening, and paperwork. I'm sure a lot of people here are faster at stringing than me, but for some of us that's only a third of the job. I'm a little less impressed by some of these times if its from the first pull to the last knot.
     
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  26. Roger Wawrinka

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    Fastest time I've gotten was about 23 minutes w/ a full poly string job.
     
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  27. zapvor

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    allow me to clarify. my time only includes cutting the new set of string and the actual mount/ string time. cutting out the old string is not included.
     
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  28. Irvin

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    If you're spending less than 5-6 minutes on mains the strings will go dead rather quickly, especially if you're stringing poly strings. Poly resists stretching more than other strings and should be tensioned lower, slower and longer than other strings.

    BTW I guess Richard Parnell doesn't string enough as he is just a shade over 6 minutes with his mains. His weaving technique isn't bad though I guess that is where he makes up all his time.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUDO10wBpmo&feature=youtu.be

    Notice in that video Richard always waits until the string is fully tensioned before releasing the clamp. My guess is if it only takes 4 minutes stringing mains the stringer would have to be moving the clamp while the tensioner is tensioning. This would speed up the stringing process but you would be clamping the string at about the same time you reach full tension. This is the way a lockout works when you reach full tension it stops pulling and just continues to hold the string until you clamp. What is the benefit of a stringer using a constant pull if the stringer defeats the purpose of constant pulling?
     
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    Any pro will always go for quality first. Only in case of need he will do a quick job. I have done quick jobs. But only if there was a need to do it.
    One player broke 4 (new strings) and was on his last racket. Was a looong match, red clay, a bit of rain, heavy balls.

    Got the racket at change over, dunlop max 200g 18*20, ruff synthetic string. Cut it out, strung it, logo in it. And brought it back on court at the following change over. Time needed no clue. But it helped the player and surprised the opponent who was smelling the victory, most likely calculating how long he had to keep the ball in play for the last string to snap.

    Best job ever, for sure not, but there was a need to get it done quickly and it was a good job.

    Peter


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    that is sick.....actually it depends how long the games took. could be 9min or 15min
     
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    My fastest time was one beer.
     
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  32. Irvin

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    Now that really is fast, especially on a hot day.
     
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  33. zapvor

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    we have a winner!
     
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    If some guy told me he'd string my racquet in under 15 minutes I'd say, that's great, thanks, see ya!!!
     
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  35. barry

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    I often string the Wilson 99s in under 15 minutes! It is not how much time the frame spends on the machine, but the individual who is stringing knows what he is doing.
     
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  36. pvaudio

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    Can't remember, I posted it in my string thread though. I think it was like 16-17 mins? Poly mains, syn gut crosseson my Head IG PP.
     
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  37. pvw_tf

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    No clue how long it took, did not matter, just to look on both payers their faces was fun. One pleasantly surprised, the other "a bit less".



    Do not like the speed stringing at all. I want to do the best job. Seen the speed stringing several times. Always compromising quality. So for there has to be a reason to do it.

    Peter
     
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    yep. exactly. as long as the stringer knows what hes doing your string job will turn out fine time after time. the speed stringing i just did for fun to see how fast i can crank one out. i actually didnt sacrifice that much quality. its amazing what a superb machine and thousands of practice can do for you.
     
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  39. pvw_tf

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    You can do a racket quick with not to much sacrifice to quality on a great machine you are used to work on.

    But still it will always be less than a normal time job. And if you have to do 2 the rackets of the same player you will have to both at the same "speed" also a few days later when he comes back and asks for the same job.

    Peter
     
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    this is true. my normal job would be better.

    as for duplicating the same speed, noone can really tell. so far i only had one person come to me to tell me it wasnt me that strung their racket.
     
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  41. zapvor

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    so busy day today....

    i did 11 jobs in 3 hrs, and this time it included cutting out the strings and paperwork. so tired
     
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  42. gmatheis

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    wow ... that's pretty darn fast!
     
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    yea that toughest part is keeping up the pace. doing one in 15min is nothing, but to keep it up is exhausting. hope i have easy day today :p
     
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    I watched Drakulie's Prince Mid video in which he goes start to finish with SynGut in 10 minutes. A buddy of mine plays with Syngut and Prince Mids. I strung 2 for him.

    Best time 13 minutes.

    Difference may be my stringer versus his. His is lots nicer. :) Although it's a documented fact, that like tennis players, stringers now are stronger and faster.
     
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    13 is pretty darn fast! hahaha yea stringers are doping too
     
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