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    Ridiculous expensive and little good choices.

    Pure Aero is a debatable. Why not buy an older slightly used previous model of the stick if you insist?
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    Thin gauge bad for grommets?

    If it is splitting at the tie off's that is one thing as it is related to how the stringing is doing that. Otherwise, I have not seen issues. In the end I would say if you like the way the racquet performs with thinner string I would continue to use it vs. something that doesn't perform as...
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    First round of string trials

    Yes, it will not perform the same as it is kind of like pre-stretching the strings. Again, I would probably practice first to avoid this type of thing so that if you mess up stringing a $3 set of synthetic gut you can just undo it and redo it again as practice vs. having to redo something you...
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    What poly main string resists notching the best?

    Yup, it seems to be the case with spin racquets. They tend to lack control especially if a player has flat strokes and they eat strings like crazy which encourages players to put stiffer strings in them. I then usually get an ensuing request for a softer setup followed by a request for longer...
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    Official 2022 ratings thread.

    The USTA still hasn't figured out I am a 2.5 yet. I must be doing something wrong!
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    Official 2022 ratings thread.

    OK, something is not right. The national championship team from our section had no bumps either. I have an e-mail and notice on Tennislink that the new ratings are out but see no changes. Am I the only one with that notification?
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    Official 2022 ratings thread.

    I don't get it. The national championship team from our district had no bumps...
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    Looking for 5.0/5.5 Player for Tennis Film/Photo Shoot in Houston Area

    Why not reach out to the coach at Rice University?
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    First round of string trials

    I would buy some sets of the cheapest synthetic gut you can find and string with that first until you feel you have it down.
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    Toss falls apart - what to do against nerven?

    Thanks, I will give that a go.
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    Toss falls apart - what to do against nerven?

    My toss has been complete garbage lately and I can't seem to figure out why. I feel like I am chasing the ball constantly. It is not even close to repeatable. I realize you guys can't do much without seeing it so will be heading to "serving 101 online tutorials" for that aspect of the game so...
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    Anyone move from gut/poly to full poly for financial reasons?

    I am not as good as @aaron_h27 but I think each setup has it's advantages and disadvantages although I will say I get quite a bit longer playability with gut/poly and for that it is cheaper. I get better feel with the gut/poly hybrid around the net as well. With Full Poly I get much better...
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    Question about selecting indoor shoes for wide feet (orthofeet )

    Them too! Not wide shoes.
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    Question about selecting indoor shoes for wide feet (orthofeet )

    I am finding New Balances are running a 1/2 size short. I normally wear 8 1/2 (2E) but have been getting 9 (2E). I have a wide forefoot and a tall arch. Forget K-Swiss, Babolat, Asics 2E, you name it as I have tried them all.... I can't even get my foot into the top of them. New Balance is...
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    Tension issue / technique question about portable stringing machine

    The distance the phone is away, how hard you strike the strings, and what you tap with impact volume not pitch. The pitch is what drives the reading. The volume simply drives the tools ability to sense the pitch or not but does not impact the value. As far as background noise I use the tool...
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    Starting Clamps: Gamma vs. Alpha

    I know I haven't been stringing as long as you guys but I haven't seen string snapping from the starting clamp used to start the crosses as I don't use a spacer of any kind. There is a very good stringer in the state next to ours that has strung at tournaments we have attended and he uses a 4...
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    New Head machine

    I think I saw them at Kalamazoo at the stringers tent in the parking lot this year.
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    The fear of winning is a real thing in tennis

    Tennis is a great sport for developing ones strengths and learning from ones weaknesses. It is the best player that learns from both and gets stronger. I have seen my son steal victory from the hands of defeat. I have seen him beat kids far superior than him when focused and at his best. I...
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    Starting Clamps: Gamma vs. Alpha

    I have tried with my hands as well and I have the same issue with cracks especially in the winter when it is dry up here in these parts and we kick on the heat. I am starting to learn that it is not really necessary to crank the heck out of the string either as it really doesn't make that huge...
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    Starting Clamps: Gamma vs. Alpha

    I didn't have a starting clamp for the first couple of weeks of stringing as the pro who gave me his crank machine didn't have one so I used pliers. Using pliers to finish knots was plain awful! The string would slip and get scuffed up, etc. Starting clamp is the way to go for sure.
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    Happy Thanksgiving

    Exactly!!! I host every year and my mom and aunts bring pies. As they are getting older I am going to take a shot at Pecan Pie with the added benefit that when my pals come over they can no longer complain that I have nice Scotch but no Bourbon. From what I am seeing you need nice Bourbon...
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    Happy Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
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    Anyone move from gut/poly to full poly for financial reasons?

    Maybe but personally I have been using the same strings and setup for the past 4 years or so. I think one needs to have a good understanding of their game, its strengths and limitations, and then find a setup that enhances what you do well while helping you at what you don't do well.
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    Anyone move from gut/poly to full poly for financial reasons?

    When I think Poly I think a few things.... 1. What are using it for (i.e. full bed or cross to something softer)? 2. What type of string do you prefer which usually but not always relates to your level/game? Me personally: Full Bed Poly = VCT 16 Mains VCT 17 Crosses Gut / Poly Colder Weather...
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    Anyone move from gut/poly to full poly for financial reasons?

    Thanks, it was only because I made the same mistake and someone pointed it out to me!
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    Anyone move from gut/poly to full poly for financial reasons?

    That is awesome! Thank you for assembling this. A while back someone on here pointed out to me that the Topspin Reels (i,e. Cyber Flash) are 722' and thus actually you get more sets per reel so maybe you want to look at your cost breakdown for the Topspin strings from a reel perspective.
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    Minimum requirements to be a commercial stringer?

    Come on up this way and try Great Lakes water sports!
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    Minimum requirements to be a commercial stringer?

    It was fun! I started a new job with a firm out of Atlanta and they held their yearly conference there. The resort we stayed at was pretty cool and the golf course near it looked fantastic although we didn't play. It was the first time I was in Atlanta other than the airport. Man the...
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    Why does no one ever talk about Topspin & Polyfibre? They are the softest poly.

    Even to you I could not sell this string in good conscious. You can string it and look at it sideways and it will drop tension. Try it and if you like it then we can work something out.
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