First time stringing question...

Dlions20

New User
Hi there,

First time poster so appreciate any help provided.

I just started stringing and have seemed to notice an issue with the 16x19 rackets.
My assumption on the crosses has been to go over, under, over, under.. but at the top and bottom of the racket, I’m noticing there are a few spots that the mains are over, over. I’ve tried redoing it and notice it turns out the same way. I’m wondering if it has to do with skipping holes on the 16x19’s?

Thank you for your help.
 

Chadalina

Hall of Fame
Hi there,

First time poster so appreciate any help provided.

I just started stringing and have seemed to notice an issue with the 16x19 rackets.
My assumption on the crosses has been to go over, under, over, under.. but at the top and bottom of the racket, I’m noticing there are a few spots that the mains are over, over. I’ve tried redoing it and notice it turns out the same way. I’m wondering if it has to do with skipping holes on the 16x19’s?

Thank you for your help.
There are less strings to weave at the top and the bottom. Are you always starting over or under when stringing the crosses?

Look at the previous string to see if the 2nd should be over or under
 

esgee48

Legend
Forget about following hypothetical rules about starting your 1st cross over the 1st main. It does not matter how the 1st cross is installed so long as it is over, under, over, etc. or under, over, etc. The 2nd cross, as @Chadalina says, just goes opposite the prior cross on the main. If the 1st cross goes over that main, then the 2nd cross goes under that main. When you do the 3rd cross, you cue off of what happened with the 2nd cross, e.g. if the cross goes under, then your cross goes over. KISS. Don't get fancy or hung up on, for example, having the last cross go under. You will soon figure it out and then you realize that this 'rule' is silly.

Why 'silly?' Try doing any fan shaped patterns like the Ti.S6. It gets really crowded down by the last cross. I rather have that cross finish the last main over so I can do the tie off rather than under. Just saying it is a preference. :eek:
 
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Dlions20

New User
Thanks for the replies. To be clear, So my first cross starts over or under, and the second cross starts opposite. However, towards the middle I notice I now have 2 overs in a row going from north to south on the 2 crosses.

I’ve noticed a racket I had done by a shop and the first 3 crosses all started as an over, but is good the rest of the way to the end. Does that sound right?
 

jim e

Legend
With different number of main strings the crosses go through, the weave may start the same as previous cross. Just be sure that the weave is opposite last cross string weave.In other words, there may be times where you start cross string weave by going under 1st main string, and then you will need to start next row cross by going under again, as there is one more main on each side to weave through, so you need to keep the weave opposite the last one done.
 

esgee48

Legend
If you have a cross going over 2 mains, it is a mis-weave. Just cue off the prior cross. If you have 2 cross both going under, go back and start the cross over, only reversed. KISS.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
If you have a cross going over 2 mains, it is a mis-weave. Just cue off the prior cross. If you have 2 cross both going under, go back and start the cross over, only reversed. KISS.
simple answer I agree with here!!
I also check my work as I go by seeing how the string starts and/or finishes each cross, it should all be opposite to the last one, if this is off, then there is a missweave in the line, and I check before doing the next line of crosses
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
You're thinking too much. On a 16x18 all crosses are woven the same. Only with a racket that has an odd number of crosses (and using an ATW pattern) are any crosses ran opposite (or odd.) Only vertical and horizontal intersections are opposite. Diagonal intersecting main / cross overlaps should always be the same (over over or under under.)
 
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