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drop shot 05-28-2004 09:12 PM

Post your favorite stringing tips here!
The USRSA has a page devoted to stringing tips that is pretty useful. What are your favorite tips that make stringing a raquet easier? Please post all of your ideas here no matter how insignificant they seem.

Smashlob 05-29-2004 04:58 AM

So you can get the credit? Pfft.

drop shot 05-30-2004 12:08 AM

No, I just think that this message board has some of the smartest stringers around. I could care less about getting a free pack of strings. I would just like for others and myself to benefit from some of the posters knowledge.

waterpro 05-30-2004 11:52 AM

i agree, I am somewhat new to stringing. I can hold my own fairly decently but hey if someone has tips or techniques that make it easier I am all ears. It used to take me 2 1/2 hours to string a racket. I am now down to about 1hr45min. I hear people that do it in 20 minutes and I am sitting there puzzled because it takes me 6 times as long to do it. So anything would be helpful. Post away people!

Hawaii 5.0 05-30-2004 02:41 PM

Some basics are to preweave the mains,enlarge any holes before you start,makes string ends sharp.When doing crosses make sure you weave ahead and don't let go of the string end becuase the fishing for the string end after each cross is what will waste time or save it.When weaving try and weave away at an angle from the other crosses.Prestretching serves 2 purposes:relaxing the string by removing coil memory for easier installation and decreases initial tension loss.I don't want strings and if you win with something I post then consider it a double present.

dax_q 06-01-2004 07:53 AM

I have seen the weave ahead of the crosses and the preweave of the mains, but why?

iamamultitasker 06-01-2004 08:50 AM

Hawaii 5.0 has pointed out the most important tip which is the weave ahead. I also think you should weave using one hand below and one hand above the strings so you can more efficiently press the cross through.

Let me add that watching TV while you are stringing is bad practice. IMO, you are better off paying attention to what you are doing, which if you practice this in general, will also help your tennis game.

Finally, if you are using a drop weight like a Klipper, you shouldn't get anxious about having the bar exactly horizontal. As many have pointed out, even a 5% error only results in a fraction of a lb difference in tension. Add to this the fact that after a few minutes of hitting the tension is pretty well evened out over the entire string bed.

kninetik 06-01-2004 09:19 AM

Im in the same boat as waterpro taking approximately an hour an a half stringing racquets. One problem I have is weaving. I can get halfway through the stringbed relatively quickly, then the string starts to get really tight and I can't pull the string using my fingers anymore. From that point, my weave slows down dramatically. Any tips on weaving, and how pros can just weave from one end to the other in under 10 seconds?

borisboris 06-01-2004 11:22 AM

:lol: As if I'd let my stringer watch the boob tube while stringing my racquet!!! = misweaves. Best to put on some tunes or have a documentary show on so the visual isn't as important as the verbal. I became side tracked watching the FO and missed 2 weaves and had to move the stringer so I wouldn't watch. :roll:

Hawaii 5.0 06-02-2004 12:11 AM

Weaving the crosses ahead one allows for less friction on the weave and a much easier instillation.By weaving ahead you get this window and instead of going up and over strings you can go just a fraction of the distance,especially when combined with snake weaving it really helps.Make sure you don't let go of the end and you'll shave a few minutes on even a 20-30 min job.The reason I prelace the mains on a two piece is so I don'y pull as much string and I knot pretty efficiently.Eventually you'll get to the point where you really don't need to be watching yourself weave and you can tell by feel.Also a last minute visual check can spot the misweaves if you look at a 45 degree angle of the mains low to the frame and you'll see a bowing pattern and misweaves look really big.

MNJEEPJEEP 06-02-2004 08:45 PM

I think you can learn alot from the videos at the bottom of the page on this website (speed stringing competition).... cant say anything about the machines.....but the videos are worth watching for people looking to speed up their time...

Tips for speeding up time... dont drop the end of the string while doing the crosses... keep it in your hand... otherwise you just fish for it all the time.

If you are 2 piecing a "normal" frame... just cut the string in half before you start... save time installing mains.

GET ONE OF THOSE EXPENSIVE STARTING CLAMPS! I know they dont seem cool... but you can double it up by your first clamp to get the string going (good for people who have touchy clamps and waste time readjusting them... or making them too tight.... also .. for those of you who dont know this already... those little holes you see in the clamps... they hold a chunk of string that you can loop around..... what this does for you is allow you to tension the "stub" of string that wont reach the tension head. THIS IS THE MOST UNDERRATED thing you could own if you string a number of frames... the clamp is strong enough to hold the string while the extra string looped from the clamp will reach the tension head. I know that there are experienced guys on this forum that can attest to the usefulness of these clamps. I try not to measure wrong and therefore I hope to never use this clamp... but if I have to use it once it was worth it...

I'll add some more later..

Gaines Hillix 06-03-2004 05:18 PM

I agree with weaving one ahead on the crosses before tensioning is a real time saver. It also reduces friction on the mains. I find that pulling the string almost all the way across on the second weave is what saves the most friction. Just leave a loop of string outside the frame that is long enough to reach the tension head. Push the first string as close to the previously tensioned string as possible before you pull tension on the first untensioned string. This helps keep the string straighter when you tension it and mis-weaves are much easier to spot before you pull tension on that string. The weaving technique that seems to work best for me is one hand above and one below pushing the string at an angle across the stringbed with my index fingers. This takes advantage of the stagger in the mains and makes the cross easier to push through. Be especially careful on the last string at the head or throat. This is the most common place for a mis-weave to occur. I hold my knots tight with my parallel jaw pliers while releasing the clamps. Then I release the pliers. For avoiding problems with blocked holes, insert a loop of scrap string under the blocking string before you tension it. This is usually where mains are skipped and where cross strings will be installed later. Then when you get to that hole, use your fingers or pliers to pull on the loop of string to pull the blocking string out of the way. Remove it when you are finished. On a two piece job, when you start the crosses, weave the second string first and then weave back for the first string. This saves pulling all of the string through the frame on the second cross. If you have a starting clamp, you can avoid using a starting knot on the first cross string. Just weave the second and then first cross and pull out a length of string on the outside of the frame long enough to reach the tension head. Then clamp off on the outside of the frame with the starting clamp. After you've weaved and tensioned 3 o 4 more crosses, you can come back and retension the first string, remove the starting clamp and put one of the machine's clamps on and tie off the string with a regular tie-off knot. If your string ends won't stay sharp after cutting them with your cutters, put a drop of super glue or clear nail polish on them. Clean your clamps regularly with isopropyl alcohol or acetone free nail polish remover. Learn some around the world patterns so you can string racquets whose mains end at the throat one piece while avoiding stringing bottom up. Straighten the crosses as you go. It will be easier than trying to straighten them after your're done and the stringbed will retain more of the reference tension. Pay attention while you're stringing. Try to be as consistent as possible. Be consistent on how long you let the string sit on the tension head before you clamp off. Save your expletives for stringing polyester. You'll need them! Never leave a partially strung racquet with tension on the strings. Cut the strings out of a frame with one broken string. Don't let it sit with a broken string waiting to be restrung. Never leave your racquets in the trunk of your car or the back seat on a hot day.

bcaz 06-03-2004 10:31 PM

Thnaks, Gaines. A superb summary, all in one place. We should all print this for future reference.

iamamultitasker 06-04-2004 05:54 AM

Another tip that might help someone with a Klippermate or someone that uses metal clamps. They give you a tiny piece of sandpaper to clean the clamps with, but it is awkward to use. I bought a sheet of fine sandpaper and cut small strips out of it. Then I glued the strips to the ends of a tongue-depressor which makes it easy to lightly sand-clean the clamps. It is a whole lot faster than using alcohol.

All you need is one scary stringjob where the clamps totally slip to see the value in keeping the clamps clean.

Gaines Hillix 06-06-2004 04:34 PM

If you are stringing one piece, there are several ways to measure the shortside string, but here's one that is simple and a real time saver. Determine which end of the racquet the mains will start at. Start the shortside string measuring by putting one string through the center grommets on the long side from the opposite end that the pattern calls for. If the pattern says to start at the head, feed the string through at the throat. If the pattern has 16 mains, pull through 9 lengths of the head. This is eight lengths for the short side mains and 1 extra to reach the tension head on the last main.
Now feed the string back through the grommets for the first shortside main and pull the 9 lengths through. Now set up your clamps and away you go.This not only accurately measures the short side string, it also saves feeding the long side string through the center pair of grommets on that side. You may find the extra length of string on the short side isn't needed on strings that have a lot of stretch or frames that have shorter outside mains.

vinouspleasure 12-27-2011 09:02 PM


this was a seminal thread on the forum and really helped reduce my string time. Let's update the thread and diredesire has agreed to add it to the forum sticky.

So please post your best tips here.

p.s. I wonder what became of gaines hillix....

drakulie 12-28-2011 04:42 AM

Gaines passed away a few years ago.

vinouspleasure 12-28-2011 05:59 AM

I'm saddened to hear that, he was good enough to help me pick out my first stringing machine. He was very generous with his time and advice (as are the posters here).

here are some tips that haven't been posted:
- to measure string, measure your wing span
- for your own racquets, put a small dot the center of the head of the throat. Some racquets already have this marked. I also like to mark the holes to skip.
- for mains, string two on one side of center then two on the other
- to push through blocked holes, cut string diagonally to form a point. Putting a little lip balm on the point also helps. Never use an awl.
- when weaving crosses one-ahead, after tensioned, push untensioned weaved string next to tensioned string to look for mis-weaves.

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