Cheap Way To Practice Knots

ttbrowne

Hall of Fame
I had some old racquets laying around that were broken. I cut the mains to where they were fairly long about two head lengths. Then just put them through the cross holes and practiced knots while watching tv. They don't have to be in the machine. It's cheap and you won't have to use your good string. Comments?
 

gmatheis

Hall of Fame
Sounds like a good way to practice them, but honestly I never had a problem with knots.

The first couple string jobs that I ever did I had a laptop on the table and YouTube vids at the ready.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
@ ttbrowne, what problem do you have with knots, what type of string do you use, and which knot if your preference?
 

ttbrowne

Hall of Fame
I have never had to tie any knots in my entire life! Not one job where it required a knot. Never learned anything about a knot so knots and getting them to lay correctly and hold correctly is difficult. Just like public speaking....done thousands of hours of that, it's easy...no knots. Thanks for the help.
 

Sparky

Semi-Pro
A friend taught me O-U-T = Over Under Through 2X.

My jobs have the nicest knots and they never slip. It's worked for me for 30 years.
 

eelhc

Hall of Fame
A friend taught me O-U-T = Over Under Through 2X.

My jobs have the nicest knots and they never slip. It's worked for me for 30 years.
There are variations in the way the double half hitch or two half hitches are tied.

The method you describe is O-U-T-O-U-T (most people use this knot)
USRSA knot is actually O-U-T-U-O-T

I've used both and have never had a problem with either. That said, I now prefer the USRSA version but only tie it when I get into trouble and do not have enough string left over to tie a Wilson pro knot comfortably - I've tied the Parnell for bit but now I always use the Wilson pro knot (as secure, looks neat, more compact).

While I've never had to practice knots, some people may not be as visually inclined or cannot process images or video as well as others and learn best when they actually perform the action themselves (nothing to do with the persons intelligence or willingness).

Recently, I strung Ashaway Monogut zx. It really does feel like no other string I've installed in the past and and does have to be a bit careful when tying off that string.
 
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