Feast of Famine?

am1899

Hall of Fame
Any of you guys and gals who string either retail or out your home experience this?

For the last 2 weeks, i strung a grand total of 2 racquets. Yesterday though, I got absolutely murdered. My phone just wouldn’t stop with “can you string my racquets” texts. Ended up stringing 8 last night. Still have 4 more to go to get caught up.

Anyway, thought this could be a fun discussion to break up the monotony of stringing instructional techniques we seem to rehash over and over.

So share your war stories about when times were slow, and when the proverbial crap hit the fan!
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
I am in a famine phase right now. Courts started to open up in June and my records showed about 2-3 frames weekly. Numbers fell off a cliff in July cuz leagues did not get off the ground. 0 frames last 2 weeks. I am OK with this as this is only a hobby. :cool:
 

MattCrosby

Professional
Since lockdown finished and the courts reopened I've strung about 50 racquets. some weeks I'll have none and others I'll take in 15-20
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
I have been getting slammed with restring requests over the last 2 months. I know you guys probably think I am nuts but I go through a cleaning and grip wrapping process on my back deck before the racquets come into my house. I then restring them and take them back out onto the deck and unwrap them for pickup. I have had cars coming and going with customers walking into my backyard. The neighbors must think I am running a crack house.

I think folks were so anxious to get out and play there is a lot of pent up demand.

I have paid off another $1k to my son's college fund for the stringer and I just bought 20 sets of VS to replenish inventory.

When I started I bought reels of a flexible multi-use string in each category and supplemented with packets of name brand stuff. That approach worked really well for me and I would recommend it for the home stringer just starting out. With the current boom I have now replaced the sets and invested in reels of RPM 16, Cyclone (All the colors), NXT, and have added backup reels of Hyper G, 4G, etc.

We will see if this continues but it has given me something to do while I look for a real job.
 

Wes

Professional
Currently, it's famine.
However, it always seems that it ebbs and flows - even without the COVID consideration.
It's more unpredictable than the stock market.

3/14 through 5/19 was complete famine. Not a single stick.
5/20 through 5/31 suddenly had 14.
6/1 through 6/30 had 13.
7/1 through 7/12 had 8.
7/13 through 7/25 back to famine with 0. :rolleyes:

I do have 1 stick to do later today. Maybe it's the beginning of another feast. :giggle:
 

MattCrosby

Professional
I have been getting slammed with restring requests over the last 2 months. I know you guys probably think I am nuts but I go through a cleaning and grip wrapping process on my back deck before the racquets come into my house. I then restring them and take them back out onto the deck and unwrap them for pickup. I have had cars coming and going with customers walking into my backyard. The neighbors must think I am running a crack house.

I think folks were so anxious to get out and play there is a lot of pent up demand.

I have paid off another $1k to my son's college fund for the stringer and I just bought 20 sets of VS to replenish inventory.

When I started I bought reels of a flexible multi-use string in each category and supplemented with packets of name brand stuff. That approach worked really well for me and I would recommend it for the home stringer just starting out. With the current boom I have now replaced the sets and invested in reels of RPM 16, Cyclone (All the colors), NXT, and have added backup reels of Hyper G, 4G, etc.

We will see if this continues but it has given me something to do while I look for a real job.
That’s good man!
Work picked up a ton for me the last 4 weeks. My clubs I support re opened fully so I’ve had tons of members come through.

I think just for the club I’ve strung 30 sticks of just LYNX TOUR, they love it.
I’ve also had to order RPM back in because the local tennis centre sells it to everyone who I don’t string for (who I now do string for) so, 2 reels of blast in stock.
 

Dags

Hall of Fame
Mine's always been sporadic anyway. The two biggest changes I've had:

- I haven't actually been back at my club, but have been stringing for those who are willing to drop off and pick up from my home. The more frequent breakers are tending to let the racquets pile up to minimise trips, so if they have three or four racquets they'll wait until they're down to the last one, then drop off the rest.
- I've picked up customers from outside my club via word of mouth. There's one specialist sports shop in town that a lot of people use, and whilst that was shut, I guess people were asking around.

Overall numbers are still down as not everyone is back playing, myself included. The weather was glorious in April, but has been a bit miserable in June and July which hasn't helped. Neither has the cancellation of Wimbledon. You really can't underestimate the number of Brits who dust off the racquet for a few weeks because of the tournament.
 

First Serve

Rookie
I string for family and hobby, but my local shop is swamped now even with singles only. They have 3 stringers going full bore on the weekends. This strong demand is great to see since during the shutdown it looked like bankruptcy was not out of the realm of possibility. Last week, averaged 40 incoming racquets a day.
 
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