16 main 22 crosses on 18x20

Hi All,
Just bought a Wilson Blade 18x20 from a local seller I just noticed that there are 16 main and 22 crosses, is this will be a huge issue.
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
Blades have outer mains awfully close to edge, so close that I omit the outer mains and do mine as 16x20. I can easily see how someone might have used the holes for crosses instead.
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
You could probably play with the racquet in non-ITF/USTA events. The string pattern violates the requirement that the spacing in the center cannot be wider than at the edges. What bothers me is that the stringer did not notice this. Were they high on drugs? There are no issues about harming the frame. "No graphite hamsters were harmed in photographing this picture." o_O
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
Wow - that's an extreme way to string the racquet.
The creator of this stringing (stringer would be an insult) has certainly strung very softly, if you look at the rubber damper, how it pushes up the last cross string.
I think he looked at the finished stringing picture and thought what a crap stringing picture Wilson has.......!
I'm sure he didn't realize that he was the fool.
LOL, beginner stringer. OP, do not give your rackets to this guy again.
I can do it for you in the future...cheap
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Hi All,
Just bought a Wilson Blade 18x20 from a local seller I just noticed that there are 16 main and 22 crosses, is this will be a huge issue.
You will end up with an illegal racket. String patterns cannot be denser on the outside than in the center of the racket. If you omit 2 mains and install crosses in those empty grommet those 2 crosses will be closer to the adjacent cross thereby making the racket pattern denser in those 2 areas.

beside having an illegal racket taking 2 mains out and installing 2 more crosses put a lot of pressure on the racket it was not designed for. I would have it strung properly.
 

Crazydoc

New User
Looks like double double full hitches. One thing is because the mains now end at the head you‘ll be forced to invent another tie off or string one piece with only 1 knot at the head and throat. A real CLUSTER@#$&.
Apart from the weaving error at the 21st Cross ..... :X3:
 

esm

Hall of Fame
I like the knots ;)
ah, didn't see that on the mobile - it looks o_Oo_O now that i can see it on a bigger screen...
i am wondering how this person count for the SS and the LS lengths :X3:

@ OP - can we see the sides of the frame too, please? thanks
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
i am wondering how this person count for the SS and the LS lengths
That could have been is issue to begin with. If the SS was too short the stringer would have tied off at the head. Then just used the long side to string the crosses top down using every grommet hole. It would have been better to not use the outer main grommets.

To correct the error the best option would have been to use the LS to string an ATW pattern.
 
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USMC-615

Semi-Pro
Well, I guess my mis-weave a little while back that I somehow (insert Crown and Coke here) didn't catch until about half a dozen weaves later, and my screw up on shorting myself about a foot on starting my crosses outside the hoop with a single starting clamp in the arsenal at the time, ain't looking too bad after all. :laughing:
 

McLovin

Legend
My best guess it the stringer didn't realize there were 18x20 and 16x19 versions of the Blade, and just went forth thinking it was 16x19 (or they just assumed it was the 16x19 version).

Assuming (bad assumption, I know) that they know you're not supposed to go bottom-top on the crosses, they might have looked at the throat and said "cool! I can do a 1-piece as the mains end at the top!", and went forth to string. Maybe they noticed their mistake later and hoped the customer wouldn't notice, maybe they just went along not realizing how many crosses they were doing on the frame.
 
LOL, beginner stringer. OP, do not give your rackets to this guy again.
I can do it for you in the future...cheap
No I string my own rackets I just bought the racket from a local seller he told me he just bought this racket like a week ago and was strung by a Country Club in Austin Texas.
 
ah, didn't see that on the mobile - it looks o_Oo_O now that i can see it on a bigger screen...
i am wondering how this person count for the SS and the LS lengths :X3:

@ OP - can we see the sides of the frame too, please? thanks
Here is the photos he sent to my phone before the I met him.
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
@dallastxtennis , good catch. I automatically cut out the strings in any strung racket I buy. I probably would have never noticed until I started stringing and wondered about the shape of some of the grommet holes. From 89.5 to 115" I am sort of in to 18x20s of all sorts.
 
@dallastxtennis , good catch. I automatically cut out the strings in any strung racket I buy. I probably would have never noticed until I started stringing and wondered about the shape of some of the grommet holes. From 89.5 to 115" I am sort of in to 18x20s of all sorts.
Same here I normally cut out and restring I will cut it out and restring to try it out this weekend.
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
No I string my own rackets I just bought the racket from a local seller he told me he just bought this racket like a week ago and was strung by a Country Club in Austin Texas.
The club must market themselves as "Experts in producing maximum control / low launch angle/low spin racquets."
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
The club must market themselves as "Experts in producing maximum control / low launch angle/low spin racquets."
You mean, “Experts in producing maximum control / low launch angle/low spin illegal racquets that may damage and/or void your warranty.”
 
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