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Bobo96 10-13-2012 11:48 AM

Confused (new to stringing)
Hello all! Please bear with me here as I will probably ask some questions with very obvious answers. I am new to stringing I just got my Alpha pioneer DC + stringer. The stringer comes with a very good tutorial dvd however I am confused about a few things and i'm sure I will be confused about a few more in the future.

First off the guy talks about either doing a two piece string job or one piece, however he never says which one is favored or how to know which one to do.

he also says that on the one peice string job you will have a short side and long side, and to mark where they meet, but how long should the long side and the short side be? I know it probably differs from racquet to racquet but I have no idea!

BTW I'm going to practice on my old aero pro, with some nylon that came with the stringer. The raquet I will be stringing once I trust myself is the Boris Becker London.

Thanks in advance!

Dags 10-13-2012 12:10 PM

In general, there is no 'better' choice between one-piece and two-piece, and it comes down to personal preference. Obviously, if you're stringing a hybrid, you have to use two-piece! :)

For one-piece, roughly speaking the short side is used for half of the mains, whilst the long side does the other half plus the crosses. There are a number of variations, but that's the general rule. A good place to get an idea of length for each side is here:

Most manufacturers also have patterns on their websites.

Personally, I think two-piece is easier to follow when you're doing your first few string jobs.

If you haven't already, check out YULitle's YouTube channel:

He has some great videos that cover the majority of situations.

Enjoy your stringing!

Ramon 10-13-2012 12:19 PM

Go to the top of this forum, click on the consolidated sticky, and look at the instructional videos. You'll learn a lot from them.

For a beginner, I think the two piece method is easier to understand. You can do that with almost anything, including hybrids. After you get more comfortable with it, you can learn other techniques like one-piece, ATW, box, etc.

Bobo96 10-13-2012 09:06 PM

Thanks guys! Another question I have is do I only put the clamps on the string when right before I release tension or do I put it on before I put on tension?

Irvin 10-14-2012 12:22 AM

Just before you release tension.

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