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Irvin 11-21-2010 03:22 AM

Video - My new way of starting mains
 
I have to admit my inspiration for this method came from 'drakulie's' method of starting mains. In his method he placed the starting clamp inside the frame against the grommet. I am placing the starting clamp outside the frame against a portion of the grommet that can't move.

I also do not like to use a starting knot to start my crosses so I use the method in the video to start my crosses. That's included in the video. I like to tie off my crosses (top and bottom) after all the crosses are in because the stringbed is stiffer and I think I get less drawback. Enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g15SEcF39Qs

Irvin

uk_skippy 11-21-2010 04:35 AM

While I can agree with your method for using a starting clamp when stringing the crosses, i"m not too sure about the method you show for starting the mains.

I wouldn't tension the 2nd left/right main before any other main string. I feel that the 1st string to be tensioned should always be 1 of the centre mains. If a stringer strung and tensioned the 1st 2 mains on, say the left, then the net result would be the same as your method but the appliance of stress to the frame would be wrong. As far as I would recommend to anyone, always start from the centre and work outwards.

Also, with regards to removing the starting clamp, when you tension the string that the clamp is attached to, you are effectively tensioning both left mains as the fixed clamp is at the bottom of the rqt or double-pulling 2 strings at once. If you did want to start your rqts using the starting clamp in the position shown on the video, then I would use the fixed clamps in a different manner/order. Having the left fixed clamp holding the tension on the 2LM is ok. When you tension the 1LM I'd use the right fixed clamp which should be able to reach across. Then when you tension 1RM move the right fixed from 1LM to 1RM, and then when the 2RM is tensioned use the same clamp. You can then re-tension 2LM and move the clamp which is at the top of that string to the bottom. This would eliminate the double-pull scenario I have mentioned.

I know we've discussed the method of using the starting clamp inside the frame, and I've managed to find the Babolat video which shows this method - http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...8355369693136# See 12min onwards for further info.

I'm also attending a Babolat Seminar in December where the top guys from Babolat France will be in attendance to run through some stringing/customisation techniques. I may ask them on their current opinion on some of the techniques raised on this forum including on how best to start the mains.

Regards

Paul

rich s 11-21-2010 05:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Irvin (Post 5200105)
I have to admit my inspiration for this method came from 'drakulie's' method of starting mains. In his method he placed the starting clamp inside the frame against the grommet. I am placing the starting clamp outside the frame against a portion of the grommet that can't move.

I also do not like to use a starting knot to start my crosses so I use the method in the video to start my crosses. That's included in the video. I like to tie off my crosses (top and bottom) after all the crosses are in because the stringbed is stiffer and I think I get less drawback. Enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g15SEcF39Qs

Irvin

I use a similar method... but I put the starting clamp on the 1st left main, pull the 1st right main, then the second right main, then back to the first left main and then the second left main.

Also, because the center mounts don't allow the clamp to be set immediately adjacent to the frame I increase the tension on the mains by about 5 lbs.

Irvin 11-21-2010 07:01 AM

'uk_skippy' and 'rich s' thanks for the input guys. I just strung one racket with this method this morning. I can't see where it puts any more stress on the frame than stringing two or three mains on one side before switching to the other side. I think I am going to try it a few times and see how it goes.

Irvin

jmverdugo 11-21-2010 09:19 AM

Off Topic, Irvin I noticed that while stringing on the throat grommets you put the strings above the frame for tensioning, I think I saw you doing that in other video too, is there an specific reason for this? usually the tensioning is done with the strings under the frame. Does it have to do anything with your stringing machine set up?

Irvin 11-21-2010 01:34 PM

I have a Wise tension head and the level of the gripper is the same as the center of the racket. Doesn't really matter but I go over in the throat area because it is easier.

Irvin

Irvin 11-21-2010 02:05 PM

LOL It did not take long to find out it would not work. I tried stringing a Prince O-Port racket. When string the mains on the O-Port racket you have to pull tension from the inside mains outward or the string ends up on the wrong side of the O-POrt. I guess I could use a boomerang or a whatever but not work the effort.

Irvin


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