Avoiding Crossovers on shared hole raquets

JetFlyr

Rookie
Are there any tips or tricks for avoiding crossovers on the outside of frames where there are shared holes between mains and crosses?

As an example, here is a photo of a Head Speed Pro (18x20) that has shared holes. I try to align the string into the bottom channels of the shared pairs, but I continue to end up with a crossover on the outside of the frame no matter what I try.

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am1899

Hall of Fame
Yup. Before you tension that main - the one where you’re ending up with a cross over - take a scrap piece of string and use it to “occupy” either the top or bottom set of holes.

For example, let’s say you wanted to use the bottom channel for the mains. Feed the main string through the bottom hole on both grommets, and pull all the slack through by hand (don’t tension it yet). Then, take a scrap piece of string (poly works best) and feed each end of the string through the 2 top holes. Pull the scrap string hand tight. Now, as you look at the outside of the hoop (as illustrated in your picture), you should see 2 loops of string - the top one being your scrap string, and bottom being the main you’re about to tension. Now go tension that main. Go back and look to make sure your main stayed in the lower two holes, and the scrap in the upper two. If so, remove the scrap string and carry on.
 

esgee48

Legend
Easy. Put a piece of scrap string in the shared hole and position it when you do the mains.That will leave a clear channel for the cross when you come back to the hole. Be consistent, e.g. all mains are on top half of the channel.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Are there any tips or tricks for avoiding crossovers on the outside of frames where there are shared holes between mains and crosses?

As an example, here is a photo of a Head Speed Pro (18x20) that has shared holes. I try to align the string into the bottom channels of the shared pairs, but I continue to end up with a crossover on the outside of the frame no matter what I try.

Image 1

Image 2
“X marks the spot!”
 

brownbearfalling

Hall of Fame
Haven’t string the specific frame that you have but most share hole frames have “ grooves” on the grommet to allow the string to stay separate. When stringing just make sure the strings sit in the specific grooves before tensioning. Once tensioned it will stay in place. As for the second string, if it wants to cross over than I snap it into place. With any manual tensioner, just half tension it and push on the string on the hoop side and it will snap into place where you need it to.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
It is a simple matter of getting the crosses on top of the mains (or below the mains.) To do this it's easier to pre-weave rage crosses before you tension the outside mains. The crossover don't look good but they will also cause the outer string to protrude higher and it could be damaged by the court surface easier.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
-lots of good advise above ^
-ultimately though, you have to just learn or keep a mental note for yourself "pay attention to the trouble areas", to make sure cross-overs don't happen!!
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
Haven’t string the specific frame that you have but most share hole frames have “ grooves” on the grommet to allow the string to stay separate. When stringing just make sure the strings sit in the specific grooves before tensioning. Once tensioned it will stay in place. As for the second string, if it wants to cross over than I snap it into place. With any manual tensioner, just half tension it and push on the string on the hoop side and it will snap into place where you need it to.
These do have grooves, but they suck. Too many times to count, I’ve lined everything up with my eyes just as I wanted it, only to tension the string and have it snapped itself out of the groove I intended. The only way to avoid OP’s problem for sure is to put something in the empty holes to occupy that space, when you tension the corresponding main.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
-lots of good advise above ^
-ultimately though, you have to just learn or keep a mental note for yourself "pay attention to the trouble areas", to make sure cross-overs don't happen!!
Indeed because with this style frame, this problem in the photo starts with the mains. If a main string exits out of a top hole and enters through a bottom hole...and the stringer doesn’t notice this before they tie off the mains...100% chance there’s going to be a crossover. And it’s damn near impossible to snap that main back into place once the mains are tied off.

So know the trouble areas - make sure to double check them before you tie off the mains!
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Are there any tips or tricks for avoiding crossovers on the outside of frames where there are shared holes between mains and crosses?

As an example, here is a photo of a Head Speed Pro (18x20) that has shared holes. I try to align the string into the bottom channels of the shared pairs, but I continue to end up with a crossover on the outside of the frame no matter what I try …
Did you string that racket 1 or 2 piece"
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
This was strung 1p ATW. But the same exact thing happened in the same spot on the one I strung 2p before this one.
That's what I thought. It looks like the crossover is going from a main to a cross. You're going to have to pre weave those top crosses still so I'd suggest with the clamps at the bottom on the 6th mains you preaweave the long side with at least the top 2-3 crosses before you start tensioning the outer mains. Make sure there are no any crossovers.

I think with 2 piece it should be easier to avoid crossover pre weaving the top crosses.
 
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