Originally Posted by tennis_ocd
Tried the brake but it was too much a hassle; settled on the sharpie method. Not really a big deal but honestly I'd have just gotten a different racket if I'd foreseen the added step. (And finding out the hard way that it make a BIG difference in short side when doing one piece stringing.)
It must depend on machine you use, as I use the brake routinely on O port racquets, and it is no big deal.I pull a knob out and table is locked solid, push it in and its free again.Takes a fraction of a second.
As to the short side, if you mix it up and have the long side on the short side, then just weave the top cross with the short side and you are resynchronized, as that even makes it so the top and bottom cross strings as the tie off strings.