If you re-string only the crosses, how do you handle the old knots?

WYK

Hall of Fame
I played a round of doubles last night with a full bed of WIlson Revolve. I wanted to make it work since it was almost plush in my Pro Staff. But it just didn't feel quite right in my Clash. I had another stick strung with Hyper G in the mains with Revolve in the crosses and it was a much better experience. Since it was only one doubles match, I thought I would try and save the mains and put them in the crosses under Hyper G. I have a reel of both, so it wasn't to save much money, it was mostly to save the waste, and I am still testing these strings.

I cut the mains where they went in to the tie-offs and simply pulled the knots off of them since it's such a slippery string:



Starting knots are a bit tedious when you are trying to save string length. Next time - starting clamp:



I measured the length holding the string against the racquet head to see how close it would be....and it was obviously going to be close. I immediately regretted wasting 2.5 inches of string on the starting end...

Good thing I have a crank:



It's about 3/4 the way in the clamp.



About 4 inches left over:



Yes, I string barefoot. Don't you?
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
I played a round of doubles last night with a full bed of WIlson Revolve. I wanted to make it work since it was almost plush in my Pro Staff. But it just didn't feel quite right in my Clash. I had another stick strung with Hyper G in the mains with Revolve in the crosses and it was a much better experience. Since it was only one doubles match, I thought I would try and save the mains and put them in the crosses under Hyper G. I have a reel of both, so it wasn't to save much money, it was mostly to save the waste, and I am still testing these strings.

I cut the mains where they went in to the tie-offs and simply pulled the knots off of them since it's such a slippery string:



Starting knots are a bit tedious when you are trying to save string length. Next time - starting clamp:



I measured the length holding the string against the racquet head to see how close it would be....and it was obviously going to be close. I immediately regretted wasting 2.5 inches of string on the starting end...

Good thing I have a crank:



It's about 3/4 the way in the clamp.



About 4 inches left over:



Yes, I string barefoot. Don't you?
Nice write up. Fwiw you dont need a starting knot or starting clamp either. Just weave the top 2 crosses then double pull. Set the clamp on the 2nd cross furthest from the tension head. Release and then tension the top cross. Tie off with a tie off knot. Tension the 2nd from the top and string like normal
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Nice write up. Fwiw you dont need a starting knot or starting clamp either. Just weave the top 2 crosses then double pull. Set the clamp on the 2nd cross furthest from the tension head. Release and then tension the top cross. Tie off with a tie off knot. Tension the 2nd from the top and string like normal
Thanks to @jim e for sharing this method. It really is a great way to start crosses
 

FiddlerDog

Professional
What is the question?
Just cut out the crosses.
Knot is tied to the main. Just carefully slide it and unravel or cut that.
Then restring crosses.
 
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