I'm gonna check with Dave Bone on that one when I see him in a month haha.
I'll be doing ITAs with the L in February. Maybe I'll do a live stream and we'll see how it holds up. Dollar for dollar I have a lot of faith in it compared to any machine in the industry.
I've traveled with the L several times now. I can tell you that I can get it set up by myself in under 5 minutes. I don't think the clamp bases stand up to the star 5. But again you can upgrade to the original gravity clamp bases if you prefer.
Based on Wilson SI this is likely true. Based on RA it is not. However RA will likely no longer be used in 5-10 years since babolat is no longer producing RDC machines and you cannot calibrate the current ones.
Just wanted to comment on lux smart, this poly was designed to play between 40-48lbs regardless of string pattern. Anything over will change the tensile pattern that the technology is designed to play around.
RA is unfortunately not a good way to measure racquet flex. The main pressure point is measured from the throat of the racquet, completely different from real on court impact where the pressure point is the players hand.
Also rdcs are not able to be calibrated and the reading can be different...
MC, you are correct. there is a small insert tool (L wrench) which comes with the machine used to tighten this and thereby tighten the gripper for thinner gauge strings. I'm unsure of the exact size the L wrench needs to be but i'm sure i can find out if you don't have one on hand.
The USRSA might not but the IART / GSS does (Forum made up of mostly Tour and Shop stringers). I guess the question would be which one is more reputable based on author, but i'd rather keep it how it is based on the fact that it is for beginners.
Babolat is actually one of the most consistent companies in terms of grommets. The pure drive and aero pro grommets hadn't changed for almost 10 years before these 2 new frames. Grommets / stringing pattern are literally the very last things most manufacturers consider when designing new...
A lot of people do this towards the end of the racquet especially with Poly. Normally you would cut just enough to finish the racquet and then weave through the entire length of the string through each string.
This is pretty odd, especially for a tour stringer. I've seen this done several...
I think the main thing I find with machines like the baiardo and the star 5 is that with proper care they will be machines that you can string 5 to 10 thousand racquets with and have no maintenance problems. I'm not sure that the ghost will have the same longevity.
Do you mean that he is stringing the racquets at +5 kg on the mains and -3 on the crosses or that you are testing the strings with a tension gauge after having the racquets returned?
If you use the tension gauge this is not an actual test of the strung tension but rather the dynamic tension...
I had lunch today when i got done with the mains on a racquet because it was probably the only time i was going to get a 10 minute break the entire day. I came back and finished the racquet immediately after. All together the racquet was on the machine for maybe 35 minutes tops.
Even if I had...