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    Wide or short: Which clamps would you use?

    My string machine came with three sets of clamps. Each pair have a different length across the teeth. The smallest is 1 inch across, the next is 1-3/4 across, and the last 2-1/4. I have a pair of floating clamps from my X-2 that are 2 inches wide. I notice most new string machines come with...
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    Wrong clamps? Wrong Bar?

    A year ago I bought a Tolson machine from a club stringer/instructor. He took good care of it and had been using it for a decade or more. The one thing that has always bothered me while stringing was the drawback and the clamp sliding back slightly on the rails, no matter how tight I clamped...
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    Could I have a bad grommet kit?

    I've changed out head guards on my Wilson Braves and Babolats countless times. No problem. It takes me 15 minutes tops. Doing a Kennex for a buddy and the last peg is a good quarter inch from the hole. I tried starting from one side, tried starting in the middle. The head guard will not...
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    How to avoid ghosting with clamps and gripper

    What do you do to avoid ghosting NXT or some other soft multi with your crankout stringer? Even with my clamps and gripper set as low as possible without allowing the string to slip, I'm still getting ghosting with light colored multis.
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    Anybody tried Gracelyne's string yet?

    I got a set of Gracelyne's new string to demo this week. I like color and texture. I haven't strung it up yet, but it feel somewhat stiff. If you've hit with it, what were your thoughts were and how did it performed compared to your favorite strings or set up. I am trying to decide whether...
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    ALU Rough vs Tier One Strike Force RIP

    Has anyone hit with both of these strings? What differences did you perceive?
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    Rule clarification: I hit my partner with my first serve

    Correct me if I'm wrong please. Serving on the ad side in a doubles match, my first serve nailed my partner in the ear ~ I was totally embarrassed and apologized the rest of the night. Anyways, the opposing team tried to claim a point. Since the ball did not clear the net before striking my...
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    USTA self-rate question

    I just met a guy that is on a DIII roster and played in 17 college matches since January this year. His coach said he should self-rate at 3.5. According to the NTRP guide I've seen around the web, I think he should have self-rated higher. Isn't this a potential problem for a 3.5 team?
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    Temperature and string tension

    Hi. In your opinion/experience does a 10º temperature plus 30% humidity difference make a difference in how your string set up plays? I ask because I strung a racquet and it hit for a couple hours with it on a day in the low 80º range. It was marvelous. Couldn't miss. The next day it was 96º...
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    Is there such a thing as a generic bumper guard?

    I've spent all morning searching online stores for a Prince bumper guard for a friend's TT Warrior. The grommets are in good shape, but the current guard is worn to the graphite leaving the string at the top of the hoop exposed. He is a ground scratcher so guard is a necessity. Head tape works...
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    Looking for a new racquet

    Looking for suggestion on current or old frames with the following specs: 1. 9-10 oz 2. Head size around 100 3. Balance either headlight or balanced What racquets should I be looking for?
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    Bad Grommet Kit

    Tried to replace head guard in a Volkl a few days ago and when pressed into place the grommets did not clear the holes in the racquet. Each of the individual pegs (don't what else to call them at this point), when the piece was pressed firmly in place, did not extend out past the hole. Has this...
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    Why you want replace that head guard on your racquet

    A guy I string for brought me his Khamsin yesterday after popping a string. I last strung it June and it did not look like this ... lol ... at that time I recommended he get a new head guard, which was nearly worn away then, for me to install and put duct tape over it to protect the structure...
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    Strategy/Ettiquette question: Hitting through the guy at the net

    I played a match yesterday and easily won the first set. My opponent decided to rush the net on every ball in the second set chipping it to the center of the court and following it in. I can't hit an offensive lob to save my life and I could get about 1 out 4 shot past him with very little court...