its actually pretty simple
the entry points basically total the performances of an entire year, including tournaments that have yet to be played this season but were played last season.
atp race points on the other hand are the total points gained from tournaments just this season...
i have a dropweight machine too. are you guys saying that you dont have to pull down the dropweight everytime you weave the string around once? ??? because thats what i do. have i been wasting my time?