Finally finished my first racquet: a few questions

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by sstchur, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. sstchur

    sstchur Hall of Fame

    Jul 29, 2008
    Sammamish, WA
    I /finally/ got my racquet strung (and I didn't break the frame), and it appears to be usable!

    A few questions:

    1. Someone told me that you should up the tension 3 to 5 lbs on the last pull before you're going to tie off. Is this a good idea? I didn't bother to do it b/c my instruction manual didn't say anything about it.

    2. I strung at 62lbs, which is what I'd normally have it strung at if someone else were doing it. The string bed feels a little loose to me (not excessively, but I can move the strings with my hands pretty easily). Maybe this is normal and I just never really notices it before b/c I never examined my strings that closely when others would string for me? My other racquet (same kind) is strung w/ same strings at same tension, but doesn't move as much (of course, I think that is largely due to the fact that it's been played on and has been notched). Thoughts?

    3. When I was stringing, I was nearly done with the mains, and I accidentally released the wrong clamp and lost all tension. I figured I'd just start over, but I had already tied off on one side. I couldn't think of any way to salvage this, so I had to cut the knot and toss the strings and start over. Was there anything else I could have done?
  2. kashgotmoney

    kashgotmoney Professional

    Jul 30, 2008
    good job on starting over, right choice. all strings will feel looser cuz they havent settled in yet and all. make sure to straighten everything out
  3. jefferson

    jefferson Semi-Pro

    Apr 8, 2008
    I add 3 lbs to my tie offs. As for your question about the tension, make sure you calibrate your machine. It could be off.
  4. rich s

    rich s Hall of Fame

    Feb 18, 2004
    1. I don't raise the tension before tie off. Never have. Don't know that the actual end result would be noticeable.

    2. Are you stringing on a lock-out vs your strings being previously strung on a constant pull machine? Also, could be that because this is one of your first stringing jobs that your technique will improve with time and your string jobs feel/get tighter.

    3. You made the right choice redoing the string, however you could have unweaved the entire mains and cut off the last inch or two with the knot and reused the main string....minus the inch or two cut off because of the knot.

    You'll find as you string more and more you will pick up different techniques and more consistancy. Your string time will go down the quality of your string jobs will go up and you won't make mistakes like releasing the wrong clamp.

    Keep it up.....sounds like you are on your way. :)
  5. jim e

    jim e Hall of Fame

    Aug 4, 2007
    1st question, read this post.
    2nd question, difficult to say,
    3rd quest. you did the best by starting over, good call.
    Congradulations on your 1st racquet string job!!!
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2009
  6. Koz

    Koz Rookie

    Feb 20, 2004
    1. It's a personal preference. I don't change the tension from one string to another, but you can if you prefer.

    2. My strings were much looser than I expected when I first started stringing. Despite taking a LOT of time and using great care, there are little slip-ups that all new stringers make that's gonna cost you a couple pounds here and there. Your stringjobs will tighten up soon enough :)

    3. I probably would have cut the knot, and just restrung the mains with the same string, assuming you had enough length left. At least you didn't let go on the last cross! That's frustrating!

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