Help with fly clamping the last cross...

CodyZzZ

Rookie
Bought a Gamma Progression II 200 recently, really had fun learning how to string for the first time after 18 years of tennis!

Anyway, after some research I'm still unable to find a good solution to my problem. On my DR98 or PS85, the last two crosses are spaced quite far a part, so the flying clamp pulls the two crosses together thus making the tension very low once I release the clamp. I read about the following methods but none is ideal given what I have, which one should I go with or any better ideas?

Potential Solutions
- Buy fix clamp machine ($$$$)
- Buy triple clamp ($$$)
- String crosses bottom up (not good for racquet?)
- String last cross at +10% tension (not recommended in this forum, didn't' work well when tried)
- Clamp only the last cross, use mains to hold it (not good for the strings?)
- Just get over it?
- Others?

Thanks!
 

esgee48

Legend
Yonex: Try weaving bottom cross, then 2nd to last cross, pull (may want +5#) and clamp 2nd and 3rd to last crosses, tie off normally at 11.

PS 85: Same thing, but you need to tie one of the mains off on a cross if you do last, 2nd to last because the crosses tie off on another cross. May have to hold the last main until you finish the crosses.
 

Dso

Semi-Pro
How tight you pull the finishing knot has an effect as well. Just be consistent and find what works best for you.
 

CodyZzZ

Rookie
Yonex: Try weaving bottom cross, then 2nd to last cross, pull (may want +5#) and clamp 2nd and 3rd to last crosses, tie off normally at 11.

PS 85: Same thing, but you need to tie one of the mains off on a cross if you do last, 2nd to last because the crosses tie off on another cross. May have to hold the last main until you finish the crosses.
Interesting input. Do you mean after 3rd to last string, skip 2nd to last and go straight to last string? Is this a common practice, and what, if any, potential effects this might have on the string job?
 

tinyman

Rookie
I had a similar problem; I went the way of a double+triple clamp a little over 5 years ago and have not regretted doing so. I have a String Pal (Alpha) and still have no real need for the next step up. It ended up being easier than trying to work around subpar clamps.
 

esgee48

Legend
Interesting input. Do you mean after 3rd to last string, skip 2nd to last and go straight to last string? Is this a common practice, and what, if any, potential effects this might have on the string job?
The method is labelled the Yonex Loop by some TT posters. I have been using this for decades (it was not named when I started doing this) because it shortens the amount of untensioned string before tie off. It has no effect on the frame. However, you are pulling string that goes around 2 extra corners, so I would increase the ref tension just for it. You don't need to with fixed clamps, but I would do it with flying clamps. 2 cents.
 

CodyZzZ

Rookie
The method is labelled the Yonex Loop by some TT posters. I have been using this for decades (it was not named when I started doing this) because it shortens the amount of untensioned string before tie off. It has no effect on the frame. However, you are pulling string that goes around 2 extra corners, so I would increase the ref tension just for it. You don't need to with fixed clamps, but I would do it with flying clamps. 2 cents.
Great stuff, appreciated.
 

mfpeden

Rookie
The method is labelled the Yonex Loop by some TT posters. I have been using this for decades (it was not named when I started doing this) because it shortens the amount of untensioned string before tie off. It has no effect on the frame. However, you are pulling string that goes around 2 extra corners, so I would increase the ref tension just for it. You don't need to with fixed clamps, but I would do it with flying clamps. 2 cents.
I tried this when I last restring my 16x18 6.1. This really helped with all the issues I normally have, I added a few pounds and it worked great

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