first stringing machine, instructions

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by iradical18, Mar 17, 2004.

  1. iradical18

    iradical18 Professional

    Mar 16, 2004
    Lorton, VA
    I'm interested in buying my own stringing machine so i can string my rackets and a few of my friends, i need something relatively inexpensive but is still good for its price. I've looked at some pictures and it looks very very confusing, will i be able to do it by just reading the included instructions? Because i really cant afford to break my racket or anything of the like. Thanks everyone.
  2. Deuce

    Deuce Banned

    Feb 13, 2004
    A not so parallel universe...
    Basically, if you can lace up a shoe, you can string a racquet.

    As you gain experience, you'll learn the intricasies of the machine, as well as of the different racquets and strings, better.
  3. Jerry Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld Professional

    Feb 18, 2004
    Deuce may be making an accurate statement, but I feel the need to embellish. Stringing a racquet is not difficult, but stringing a racquet well and doing a consistent and quality job involves much more than simply lacing a shoe or knowing where the strings go. There are stringing professionals who absolutely know what they are doing, have a tremendous amount of experience and produce high-quality string jobs every time. There are others, like those part-timers, who just know how to string a racquet that don't produce consistent string jobs and make errors in stringing. You can find these types at some of the big-box retailers. My message is that stringing is fairly easy to learn, but producing consistent and professional results requires, study, patience, and care. A great string job is a combination of science and art.
  4. Gaines Hillix

    Gaines Hillix Hall of Fame

    Feb 11, 2004
    And just to add to Jerry's excellent comments, attention to detail is very important. Something as simple as holding the tag end of a tie off knot tight with your pliers while releasing the string clamp can make a significant difference in tension on that string. Even the type of pliers used can make a difference.
    There is not much danger of breaking your racquet. I learned how to string a racquet by watching videos on the Silent Partner website and from the instructions that came with my ATS SS II and the USRSA stringers guide and stringing video. Let's say I managed to get through it after a couple of botched attempts. I've been stringing for over 3 years and am a USRSA certified stringer, but I'm still learning. I am only now starting to feel like I can tackle the most common racquets without looking up the string pattern in the stringer's guide first, for example.
  5. prince

    prince Semi-Pro

    Feb 19, 2004
    i started stringing 2 months ago - bought a MS200TT.
    i learned strigning by reading a lot on it , a video sent to me by USRSA ,and the book sent by USRSA.
    i ask people here on the board on specifics to get an accurate and consistent string bed.

    i find the USRSA book to be very informative .so far i have done 18 racquets and its just gettin g better and better - the more i string .
  6. David Pavlich

    David Pavlich Professional

    Feb 11, 2004
    Let me chime in here with all of my friends. Stringing is a "touch" profession. As you gain experience, you will be able to feel your way through a string job. I have the great fortune of being the owner of a tennis shop. I get to string a lot of different racquets in the course of business. As Gaines points out, you get to a point where a lot of the frames you see are in your head. The Digest remains closed because of pure repetition.

    These guys here have a lot of good advice. I've done a pile of racquets, but I continue to come here and to other sites to learn anything that I can about this work.

    You will find that a GOOD stringer is quite anal about his work. Everything has to be just so in order for the process to begin. I have quite a ritual I go through when I string. But I enjoy it. There's nothing like getting a Rollers racquet in the store. I grumble a lot, but I enjoy the challenge. Same for the pain-in-the-neck Power Holes and my all time favorite, the TT Ring.

    Take your striniging to heart. It will pay off when you know that you are producing a high quality product. I've done 65 frames so far this month and I know that my customer's are happy with the work. I don't mean this to sound like I'm boasting, but in a tennis shop where everything else has Prince or Nike stamped on it, my name is on the string job and I take that very personally, as I am sure most of the stringers here do.

  7. eqx

    eqx New User

    Mar 10, 2004
    The Silent Partner website has a great video that got me started with understanding the mechanics of stringing. When I finally strung my first racquet, besides having a great phone tutor (Tim from Laserfibre) I was able to visualize the steps better. I agree with other posts, stringing is an art not just mechanics.

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