Discussion in 'Strings' started by Ookie Cookie, Apr 24, 2010.
what are the advantages and disadvantages of using a starting clamp?
Reasons for a starting clamp: Not a necessity, but makes life easier.
1.I have used it for flattening out the tip end of the string, which made cutting the tip at an angle easier, to help slide the string through a blocked hole.
2.Also used to bridge a scrap piece of string, to extend the length of string to reach tension head when string was a little short.(This saved my behind a # of times, I could have tied a string, but that is time consuming, and not reliable!)I keep a separate starting clamp with a scrap string on it when this situation happens, I am all set to bridge the string.
3.Also, there are some racquets where the cross tie off to start is listed to tie on a cross string,one example,Babolat PStorm, the cross tieoff is on the 3rd cross (not on a main). You need a starting clamp so you can weave the first several crosses , then tieoff at the 11 H.as listed. You can enlargen a grommet if you want to as long as you do this before you start, but is not what manuf. stringing pattern lists
4.I also use a starting clamp to start my crosses, so all knots are the same,and you would not be tying off on a main string and pulling tension against it, and when using thin gut or other 'fragile' multifilament strings, and especially at higher tensions, it is not uncommon to snap that first cross string right at the knot or at the two sharp turns the string makes, With using a starting clamp, you do not pull tension against these turns. The USRSA stated at the stringers symposium that they will be updating their recommended procedure, for using the starting clamp use to start crosses.Starting knots could be a thing of the past.
5. Some ATW patterns require the use of a starting clamp, (Or use of flying clamp, to use like a starting clamp), to hold the tension of the string on outside of the frame, until you free up a machine clamp
6. Some stringers like to use it to cinch up a knot as well, personally I just use my fingers.
Just a suggestion..............
Sometimes all you need to do is click under the search feature on these forums,(the search feature is at the top of this page) and you can find ans. to this like it has been many times before.Like this one that was last posted a few days back.
ok thanks a lot, i have a prince neos 1000, how would i use a starting clamp
dont you need two clamps on the cross strings to use a starting clamp?
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