Are you stringing during the pandemic?

hbodvd

New User
With this extra time and no courts to play on, are you restringing your own rackets or just waiting until courts open up? Of course, we won't have as much time then as we are itching to play.
 
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Deleted member 768841

Guest
I wish I knew how to string, I’m planning on learning once I get enough money to buy a machine.
 

LOBALOT

Professional
I just restrung a racquet an hour ago but I have to admit to being freaked out doing it especially as our area is pretty hard hit and a majority of the courts are either locked or they have actually taken the nets down. A friend of a friend texted me to do it as the local shops and clubs are all shut down.

I feel bad for my kid who was used to playing 20 hours a week or so and hasn't played. He just calls into his high school classes and hangs around the house. I play for social reasons and that part is killing me as I haven't hit a ball in 5 weeks.

We are trying to do the right things....
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame

Been stringing roughly 2 to 4 frames a day. Had 14 frames come in less than 24 hours. I pick up and deliver in a small geographic area which keeps me busy enough. Kinda like the Uber Eats/ Grub Hub for stringing. Been doing that since 2010. Works for my clients and for me.

Some private clubs are open in Charleston SC. City owned facilities Re still closed. Neighborhood courts are open and many people hitting on open
 
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Deleted member 768841

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I just restrung a racquet an hour ago but I have to admit to being freaked out doing it especially as our area is pretty hard hit and a majority of the courts are either locked or they have actually taken the nets down. A friend of a friend texted me to do it as the local shops and clubs are all shut down.

I feel bad for my kid who was used to playing 20 hours a week or so and hasn't played. He just calls into his high school classes and hangs around the house. I play for social reasons and that part is killing me as I haven't hit a ball in 5 weeks.

We are trying to do the right things....
What strings?
 
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Deleted member 768841

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Been stringing roughly 2 to 4 frames a day. Had 14 frames come in less than 24 hours. I pick up and deliver in a small geographic area which keeps me busy enough. Kinda like the Uber Eats/ Grub Hub for stringing. Been doing that since 2010. Works for my clients and for me.

Some private clubs are open in Charleston SC. City owned facilities Re still closed. Neighborhood courts are open and many people hitting on open
Nice racquets! Before the lockdown here, my club was in absolute Clash Insanity. It’s funny cause I didn’t like how the frame felt like a noodle and launched the ball, but every elderly person used it.
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
@LOBALOT

I am much more concerned about sitting next to another pilot three feet to my left or about the other pilots who flipped all the required switches in the jet before I have to fly it. Several crews a day can fly the same jet. [emoji848]

I can clean a customers frame with a Lysol wipe, then a damp cloth 2-3 minutes later, but cockpits, hotel vans and hotels give me more pause than a tennis racquet. Especially since my area has not been hard hit. Cities where I fly are hit much harder. I live in a smaller area.

Going to the grocery store and picking up food is more alarming to me. Think of the times one item is touched.

A tennis racquet gets touch by just two people. The owner and the stringer. Just my .02 and certainly not bashing you or anyone for being cautious.
 

hbodvd

New User
Same exact situation for my high school son. With the spring sports season now cancelled, he's quite bummed. Courts are not opened around us. Just waiting...

I just restrung a racquet an hour ago but I have to admit to being freaked out doing it especially as our area is pretty hard hit and a majority of the courts are either locked or they have actually taken the nets down. A friend of a friend texted me to do it as the local shops and clubs are all shut down.

I feel bad for my kid who was used to playing 20 hours a week or so and hasn't played. He just calls into his high school classes and hangs around the house. I play for social reasons and that part is killing me as I haven't hit a ball in 5 weeks.

We are trying to do the right things....
 
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Deleted member 769694

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Been stringing roughly 2 to 4 frames a day. Had 14 frames come in less than 24 hours. I pick up and deliver in a small geographic area which keeps me busy enough. Kinda like the Uber Eats/ Grub Hub for stringing. Been doing that since 2010. Works for my clients and for me.

Some private clubs are open in Charleston SC. City owned facilities Re still closed. Neighborhood courts are open and many people hitting on open
Put plastic over the handles, dont wanna touch them.

Ive strung like 4 rackets all month
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
Put plastic over the handles, dont wanna touch them.

Ive strung like 4 rackets all month
Not necessary.

Long before Covid-19, I learned to pick up frames by the throat not the nasty wet overgrips that 95% of players keep on their frames. I washed my hands a lot before Covid - 19 and had three 64 oz bottles of Germ-X in my home and another in the garage from last year. Had two bottles of 70% Alcohol bottles and three remaining N95 masks from a painting project.

The last time I bought toilet paper was in Jan at Costco. Learned a long time ago: Be Prepared. Been living my life that way since before college.

Overgrips are like diapers: smelly or wet, change em.
 

tennisbike

Professional
Pointless to string my own.
Already have two waiting to be playtested. One recently arrived with natural gut which I do not remember ever played with. The other received a permanent mod, leadtape instead of putty, leather grip and overgrip changed.
I ponder whether to try string up this weird Yonex I bid on. Looked like freshly painted with new bumper guard. Painted Longbody but 27", missing "rubber spacer" for throat grommets. There is no soft radius on the grommet holes!!?? I wonder if someone created a fake but who would make a fake Yonex RQ Ti -1500 Longbody?
 

SteveI

Legend
Not taking any frames in for stringing. I am not playing or drilling much at all. Hitting a few serves and I hit on a wall a bit. I have done one of my own in the last few weeks... not sure why. WNY is not hit its peak yet and don't have many options for partners as many of them are just being careful.
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
I am still stringing but I am only hitting once or twice a week.
How do you like your Ghost 2? I love my Ghost but the black Ghost 2 looks even sharper. Mine is over three years old now and been one of the best purchases I've ever made. Recouped my money on it in less than a year. I donated my Alpha Apex 2 to a high school kid.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Already have two waiting to be playtested. One recently arrived with natural gut which I do not remember ever played with. The other received a permanent mod, leadtape instead of putty, leather grip and overgrip changed.
I ponder whether to try string up this weird Yonex I bid on. Looked like freshly painted with new bumper guard. Painted Longbody but 27", missing "rubber spacer" for throat grommets. There is no soft radius on the grommet holes!!?? I wonder if someone created a fake but who would make a fake Yonex RQ Ti -1500 Longbody?
Can you tube the throat grommets? Still have the Ti -1700 OS somewhere
 

SteveI

Legend
Not necessary.

Long before Covid-19, I learned to pick up frames by the throat not the nasty wet overgrips that 95% of players keep on their frames. I washed my hands a lot before Covid - 19 and had three 64 oz bottles of Germ-X in my home and another in the garage from last year. Had two bottles of 70% Alcohol bottles and three remaining N95 masks from a painting project.

The last time I bought toilet paper was in Jan at Costco. Learned a long time ago: Be Prepared. Been living my life that way since before college.

Overgrips are like diapers: smelly or wet, change em.
Same..same.. and same. I get some really dirty frames in.
 
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Deleted member 769694

Guest
Not unless the frame can cough or sneeze on you.. :)
If we can spread it on the bottom of our shoes, i was thinking an infected grip could get some in the AC.

The last racket i strung, i left it in the garage for 3 days then did it
 

magnut

Hall of Fame
Heck no... I hate stringing and only do it out of necessity and lack of trust to those handling my vintage frames. Back in my 8 hour practice days I used to break them every 45 minutes and have spent far too much of my life on a stringer. If I go to hell there will be a stringer waiting for me LOL.

Courts are open here though. Hopefully they will open up for you gents soon. Are there any courts you can drive too... maybe take a road trip for a few days and get all this pent up energy out of your system?
 

McLovin

Legend
I have 2 of my fames sitting by my machine unstrung. They've been there for a month. I was just about to string them up w/ blue & yellow YPTP for my playtest when the S hit the fan. If things don't settle by mid May I'm going to string them up & go use my ball machine so I can at least do a tiny write-up for TW.
 

vandre

Hall of Fame
our courts are closed. i'm "homeschooling" the kids and i already have a couple sticks strung for if and when i see a tennis court again so i won't be stringing anything (although to be fair i only have a dropweight stringer and string for myself and my family).
 

McLovin

Legend
That is a good thing. I am suppose to be in ROC Sat. Thankfully have options, so opting out of that.
Sorry to hear that...Rochester in April...ugh...

After spending my first 25 years in Rochester (RIT graduate), I moved to VA and haven't looked back. My sister & in-laws still live there, but may parents became 'true New Yorkers' 5 years ago when they moved full time to Florida...
 

MRfStop

Hall of Fame
How do you like your Ghost 2? I love my Ghost but the black Ghost 2 looks even sharper. Mine is over three years old now and been one of the best purchases I've ever made. Recouped my money on it in less than a year. I donated my Alpha Apex 2 to a high school kid.
Love it. I really like the gravity clamps and the magnetic auto brake. It really makes stringing easy.
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
Cant it spread in the air?
Yep. And just just people touch a frame. Owner and stringer.

I wash my hands after stringing and clean every frame before it is strung. Did this before Covid-19 was here, and simply added wiping the frame with a Lysol wipe, letting it sit for few mins before stringing it.

had about two five packs of those Lysol Wipes from Costco at my house, one in every vehicle along with jumper cables and other safety gear.

Multiple pilots and mechanics touch multiple switches, knobs, buttons, handles and levers in a cockpit. It takes 7 mins to wipe down every thing I touch or use in a jet, and iI am sure i miss things. Then the other pilot touches many of same things I just wiped down. We all use hand sanitizer but clearly my workplace is a much bigger threat than stringing a tennis racquet.

So no, I am not concerned about a tennis racquet when I am openly exposed to strangers and surfaces touched by hundreds of people. I take precautions at work, but feel much more exposed there than I do stringing a frame.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
That is a good thing. I am suppose to be in ROC Sat. Thankfully have options, so opting out of that.
I live in Rochester. Small world.

Since March 16th I’ve strung 1 racquet for a colleague and 1 for me. Yesterday I just received 2 customer racquets. I usually don’t do much volume out of my house anyway, but this is definitely slow.
 
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g4driver

Hall of Fame
I live in Rochester. Small world.

Since March 16th I’ve strung 1 racquet for a colleague and 1 for me. Yesterday I just received 2 customer racquets. I usually don’t do much volume out of my house anyway, but this is definitely slow.
It is too cold up there for me. You need to follow @McLovin and head south. About 200k New Yorkers have moved to Charleston the last 15 years. No joke.

Mass has to have the runner-up with 100k of them migrating here. High taxes and cold weather [emoji113]
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
It is too cold up there for me. You need to follow @McLovin and head south. About 200k New Yorkers have moved to Charleston the last 15 years. No joke.

Mass has to have the runner-up with 100k of them migrating here. High taxes and cold weather [emoji113]
Believe me, if it were all up to me, I’d already be gone. It’s an ongoing conversation with my better half. Someday. :)
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
am1899,

Two of my coworkers live in ROC. When he told me he paid $23K a year in property tax, I was floored. You and your better half would find plenty of New Yorkers here.

You can't swing a dead cat in Charleston without hitting a New Yorker. Plenty of half-backs down here. [emoji848]

Half-back: they move to Florida then move half-way back.[emoji28]
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
am1899,

Two of my coworkers live in ROC. When he told me he paid $23K a year in property tax, I was floored. You and your better half would find plenty of New Yorkers here.

You can't swing a dead cat in Charleston without hitting a New Yorker. Plenty of half-backs down here.


Half-back: they move to Florida then move half-way back.
One of the few perks of living in a condominium community - our taxes are relatively affordable. If we lived in a house in the same area, we could easily be paying similar as your coworker. Indeed the property taxes in affluent areas and lake fronts are some of the most expensive in the country. I believe Canandaigua lakefront property, for example, is second only in the country to Lake Tahoe for property cost.

Many of our friends have left over the years for southern states. And when we have vacationed in the south east, we’ve met countless transplants from western ny.

Other than my Mom still living up here, it’s an easy decision for me - to move south. But my wife is working her dream job up here, so it’s really tough for her to come to terms with leaving (not that i haven’t been trying to convince her).
 

Tennease

Legend
I string my own racquets and my sparring partner's racquets. I break my string every 2 to 4 days and play everyday at home. Sometimes we have a friend who joins us. My state's covid-19 regulation says we are allowed to have a guest, but no more than 2 guests.
 

magnut

Hall of Fame
I string my own racquets and my sparring partner's racquets. I break my string every 2 to 4 days and play everyday at home. Sometimes we have a friend who joins us. My state's covid-19 regulation says we are allowed to have a guest, but no more than 2 guests.
I wont tell on you if you have 3 people at your own house.
 

Holdfast44ID

Semi-Pro
We are not allowed to use the courts where I live. No. Not stringing either. Just working from home A LOT (work in IT).

Sent from my Pixel 3a XL using Tapatalk
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
Sorry to hear that...Rochester in April...ugh...

After spending my first 25 years in Rochester (RIT graduate), I moved to VA and haven't looked back. My sister & in-laws still live there, but may parents became 'true New Yorkers' 5 years ago when they moved full time to Florida...
How bad is VA now with Covid -19? Are you in the metro DC Area?

I lived in Alexandria back in 2004/2005. My Acura Integra got snowed in during Snowmageddon. It had about 4 feet of snow on it, completely buried under so much snow it was barely recognizable. The locks were frozen when I did manage to dig it out, so learned the hard way about car locks freezing.

Took a picture will post it if I find it. It is only allowed to snow once every five years in Charleston, just enough to cause massive panic buying, and a lot of wrecks for those who like to drive on black ice which is 95% of what we get with a light dusting of snow.
 

Doubles

Legend
Strung two racquets for a friend. Pointless to string my own. It has snowed the past two days. No one on any court since November............................................court ourdoors
It's snowed where I am too, (NW Ohio) but I've still seen people hitting and have made it to public courts a couple times when the weather is slightly more cooperative.
 

LOBALOT

Professional
@LOBALOT

I am much more concerned about sitting next to another pilot three feet to my left or about the other pilots who flipped all the required switches in the jet before I have to fly it. Several crews a day can fly the same jet. [emoji848]

I can clean a customers frame with a Lysol wipe, then a damp cloth 2-3 minutes later, but cockpits, hotel vans and hotels give me more pause than a tennis racquet. Especially since my area has not been hard hit. Cities where I fly are hit much harder. I live in a smaller area.

Going to the grocery store and picking up food is more alarming to me. Think of the times one item is touched.

A tennis racquet gets touch by just two people. The owner and the stringer. Just my .02 and certainly not bashing you or anyone for being cautious.
Wow, yes there are lot of people going out and doing what they have to do for a living. I certainly understand your concern.

My son's coach is in healthcare and going to the hospital each day. Another's husband is a physician who just came down with the virus and is in ICU.
 

LOBALOT

Professional
Yep. And just just people touch a frame. Owner and stringer.

I wash my hands after stringing and clean every frame before it is strung. Did this before Covid-19 was here, and simply added wiping the frame with a Lysol wipe, letting it sit for few mins before stringing it.

had about two five packs of those Lysol Wipes from Costco at my house, one in every vehicle along with jumper cables and other safety gear.

Multiple pilots and mechanics touch multiple switches, knobs, buttons, handles and levers in a cockpit. It takes 7 mins to wipe down every thing I touch or use in a jet, and iI am sure i miss things. Then the other pilot touches many of same things I just wiped down. We all use hand sanitizer but clearly my workplace is a much bigger threat than stringing a tennis racquet.

So no, I am not concerned about a tennis racquet when I am openly exposed to strangers and surfaces touched by hundreds of people. I take precautions at work, but feel much more exposed there than I do stringing a frame.
How is the aviation industry right now for you as I watch the news and have heard all the carriers are in difficulty?

I work in healthcare and it is very bad. I have already been informed I will lose my job at the end of May.
 

Herb

Semi-Pro
I have done around 15 since March 12th. A few people still doing private lessons. Have not played in over a year. Have my knee replacement scheduled for next month, so maybe by July I can get out again.
 

LOBALOT

Professional
I have done around 15 since March 12th. A few people still doing private lessons. Have not played in over a year. Have my knee replacement scheduled for next month, so maybe by July I can get out again.
Good luck with knee replacement. I have 3 buddies who have had them done and they all report once the rehab is complete they feel much better.
 

McLovin

Legend
How bad is VA now with Covid -19? Are you in the metro DC Area?

I lived in Alexandria back in 2004/2005. My Acura Integra got snowed in during Snowmageddon. It had about 4 feet of snow on it, completely buried under so much snow it was barely recognizable. The locks were frozen when I did manage to dig it out, so learned the hard way about car locks freezing.

Took a picture will post it if I find it. It is only allowed to snow once every five years in Charleston, just enough to cause massive panic buying, and a lot of wrecks for those who like to drive on black ice which is 95% of what we get with a light dusting of snow.
Yes, I’m in the NOVA area (further west, though, in Warrenton). We’re still in lockdown mode until June. Work is alternating 1 week at home, 1 week at the office. Sadly, other than no tennis and no gym, my & my wife’s routines haven’t changed all that much. Guess we lived boring lives...

Ironically, I had 2 Integras when I lived in Rochester: an ‘89, the a ‘92. Loved them...except they were the absolute worst in snow. Actually had to buy winter tires for it. Put 160k on the ‘92. Still ran great. Getting rid of it was one of my dumber moves.
 

SteveI

Legend
How bad is VA now with Covid -19? Are you in the metro DC Area?

I lived in Alexandria back in 2004/2005. My Acura Integra got snowed in during Snowmageddon. It had about 4 feet of snow on it, completely buried under so much snow it was barely recognizable. The locks were frozen when I did manage to dig it out, so learned the hard way about car locks freezing.

Took a picture will post it if I find it. It is only allowed to snow once every five years in Charleston, just enough to cause massive panic buying, and a lot of wrecks for those who like to drive on black ice which is 95% of what we get with a light dusting of snow.

dude..you got mauled by Snowmageddon !!! We got 7 feet.. I was for the 1st time ever in WNY.. scared I could not move all that snow. Post pics if you have them... folks do not understand what it feels or looks like in person. Pics.. are very cool!


Did you play for RIT tennis team??
 
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