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    Pre-stretching poly strings

    Actually this way is very safe. If the string breaks or the clamp slips, the only thing that happens is I roll on my back. If I were to stand, there is more chance for an injury, even with the “kickstand” method of having one leg behind me. Trust me, after 80,000+ racquets, I’ve tried all sorts...
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    R. Parnell interview (2019)

    Positively scandalous if ya ask me. Back in the day when I was active on the GSS boards, Ron Yu publicly tore me a new azzhole for suggesting what Parnell very matter-of-factly confesses to here. Don't think I "tore you a new azzhole." Just clarified that almost all stringing knots are...
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    Federer's RF97 racquet from "Match For Africa 2" (Dec 2014) with pictures

    The amazing part is the guy is selling the Hyper Pro Staff cosmetic for 35k, and there is nothing to indicate that Federer had anything to do with that frame. Wilson made that frame for several players, not only Federer. I’m intrigued by the use of a P1 bag in the picture. When Federer used that...
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    Roman Prokes Under Review Podcast Interview

    Just to clarify, Priority One has been stringing for Novak at all Slams and Masters 1000’s since 2007. We still continue to do so. Doesn’t mean he won’t fire us at anytime, but we hope not.
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    Work up the ladder to become professional stringer.

    I don’t know if it’s for wusses, but I’ve never taped my fingers.
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    How much would you pay for Babolat 4 star?

    We've probably got more of a reason to buy a Star 4/2502E more than anyone out there. That being said, we'd have a hard time buying one priced more that around 800-900 USD. No more available parts means they are one failure away from being worthless. They are 20 year old machines, and brand...
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    What causes natural gut string jobs to break in storage?

    2 years? I’m assuming those clamps were in bad shape when you got them. I’m always amazed people still want to buy Star 4 machines. They are very good machines, but there are no spare parts available. Any Star 4 machine today is old, and is one failure away from being a very large paper...
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    What causes natural gut string jobs to break in storage?

    Yes, still using Star 4’s. I haven’t worn out a set of clamps yet. My current clamps are the same ones that came with my machine when we purchased it. The clamps have got about 30,000 racquet stringing on them, and are still going strong.
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    What causes natural gut string jobs to break in storage?

    Not all of the people I string for a professionals. Also, I’ve got quite a few special racquets from important tournaments some of our clients have played. Eventually the gut breaks. I’m assuming it’s because the gut dries out, and this weakens the fibers. Not sure if that is in fact the reason...
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    Natural Gut Breaking at Parnell Knot

    Honestly, I haven’t any idea how much force I use. I use enough to cinch the knot up, but I guess not enough to possibly damage the anchor string. I guess it’s just what I feel is right for gut. I started stringing at tournaments back in the 1980’s when the vast majority of players used natural...
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    Natural Gut Breaking at Parnell Knot

    I not sure what knot I use since I’ve never really thought about it, but a lot of tournament stringers use what has now become called the “Parnell Knot.” Like some other knots, it is pretty much foolproof if done properly. The likely culprits are either you didn’t do it correctly, the tie off...
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    Federer getting his racquet strung

    I don't go to a lot of matches because I usually need to wake up between 4am-6am depending on how early I need to get racquets done, and then I'll start working on racquets again in the evening for a few hours. If I went to matches all the time, I'd have almost no time to relax during my time...
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    Does Federer Actually Play With the RF97?

    These red buttcaps were sent to us with the hairpins, so we are using them. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, I guess.
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    Fed fans and P1 fans enjoy!

    We don't have loads of customers in NYC, mainly due to the fact we're located in Florida. To be honest, bragging rights in Zephyrhills, Florida doesn't generate a whole lot of business.
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    LOL Verdasco quality lead layout on his old Babos

    The lead was probably straight when it was first applied. After a while, the lead start moving around on the frame due to the flexing of the frame during play. Since pro players put much more stress on their frames than recreational players, it occurs much quicker and is more pronounced. The...
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    Federer Holds the Racket on the Same Side Every Time !

    Roger's handle does not have a "slot" in it. His handle is pretty standard, and based upon a normal Wilson handle. Like most pro players, he uses one side of the racquet due to the bump created by the grip start on one side. Some players prefer the bump to be next to their palm on the forehand...
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    Federer Strings @ Wimbledon

    Nothing painted. I'm pretty sure we'd notice paint job strings.
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    Federer Strings @ Wimbledon

    We started stringing for him in 2004, and he's been on the same string setup for as long as we've been working with him. He tried 1.25mm gut instead of 1.30mm for all of 2 practice sessions back in 2014.
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    Does Federer Actually Play With the RF97?

    The main reason we don't give out our clients racquet specs is because we don't feel it's our right to disclose the specs. The specs belong to the client, and it's up to them whether they want the specs of their sticks released. We don't make racquets for the general public that match our pro...
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    Does Federer Actually Play With the RF97?

    Yup, I'm sure that you do a good job. I think that most decent shops should also be able to to match weight/balance/swingweight to the level that we do. Its honestly not at all difficult if you understand what you're doing. I'm pretty much an idiot at a lot of things, but racquets just take a...
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    Does Federer Actually Play With the RF97?

    RA differences can be an issue, but that issue comes up extremely rarely. The manufacturers are pretty good when it comes to RA tolerances. Most racquets of the same model are with +/- 1 RA unit according to our ancient RA machine. We haven't really come across any players who can feel the...
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    Does Federer Actually Play With the RF97?

    I'm not sure what you mean by "100% to spec." I can assure you that there are differences in the weight/balance/and swingweights of the pegs when they arrive. If there weren't any differences, our clients really wouldn't need us. Our ability to match all their desired specs is what they pay...
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    Does Federer Actually Play With the RF97?

    I have no idea what they do before they send us racquets. For all I know, they just grab some and send them to us, or just as likely, they meticulously check all the racquets before sending us particular frames. We don't need to know their procedures since we're able to customize all the ones...
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    Does Federer Actually Play With the RF97?

    That would be incorrect. The manufacturer and player come to an agreement as to what racquet the player will use. Our job is to customize whatever racquet that is, into something that the player wants. We don't have nearly the authority to tell the manufacturers what we want to work with. I'd...
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    What do you use to straighten strings?

    The String Thing doesn't straighten strings well enough for me to use. After stringing, I'm pretty particular about straightening, and I wish The String Thing would get them straight enough. Even though it straightens them out a bit, I still need to use my fingers to get them to a degree that...
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    Does Federer Actually Play With the RF97?

    We actually buy our bins at Target.
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    What do you use to straighten strings?

    I use a blunt awl (setting off tool) to pull the cross strings up a bit before taking the racquet off the machine. I then straighten the mains and crosses with my fingers once the racquet is off the machine. I've gotten pretty good at using the setting off tool, but then again, I've also strung...
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    Wilson, why are pros' racquets glossy?

    Looks like someone chopped off the original foam, and then molded a lighter handle.
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    Delray Beach and Tecnifibre stringing team

    I also need to clarify what Nate and I call "stringing a racquet." We consider that to also include the time it takes to properly straighten the strings when it comes off the machine. That alone takes at least 1-2 minutes. We take great pride in our straightening(it also lets us sit down since...
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    Delray Beach and Tecnifibre stringing team

    Maybe. Not sure how fast Nate can do it,but I'm pretty sure not 12 minutes. More like 15 minutes or so. You need to remember that all the mains were tubed at the top, and you need to allow the gut to stretch to 33-34kg. Those two things take time. I'm guessing I may also have more of an idea on...
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