JayCee vs. JET differences

I have been reading quite some info about this technique. Please correct if if my understanding is wrong:

The difference is in the tensions or tension pattern used in the crosses. The JayCee suggests the first two crosses at same tension as last last two mains (T). Then until last 2 crosses at T-4lbs and the last 2 crosses at T-4+8lbs.

The JET suggests the first three (3) crosses at same tension as last last two mains (T). Then until last 3 crosses at T-6lbs. The skip 2nd last go to the last cross at T-6+6. But I have been unable to understand the tension at the 2nd last.

What would be the major playing differences for anyone who has tried both?

I am thinking of trying this at a drop weigh machine with stringway's flying clamps using ZX mains/TNT2 crosses.


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JayCee Method was the first version JET was the refined method which came out a month later. Both methods employ a long stretch of the mains and crosses. Therefore you will find a stiffer string bed and better tension maintenance. You could use a normal method if you want and prestretch the strings and or stretch the sterling longer and probably get the same result. The JET method suggests you tie off the mains at a certain location that may require opening up a regular grommet to be used as a tie off. That could cause double blocked holes and other problem if your not careful. One thing used in the JayCee method was a Stringmeter used to check the drawback / tension loss. I think that’s a good idea if you want to see how much tension loss you have on tie off strings.


(both are a waste of time IMO)
yea, there was a video of Federer dropping off his frames at Basel tournament. He left a few frames and politely asked for 57 lbs. No proportional, or JayCee or JET patterns in the conversation.

There could be something to it but it is too complex for me. I will occasionally increase tension 4 lbs on last mains to account for knot tension loss but that's as complex as I get and honestly I don't even do that every time. I will also use different tensions if hybrid soft nylon or gut with poly and that's the extend of my exotic stringing.


@TennisCJC, here's the deal as far as I go. I've been on the boards since 97 or so. I've learned a lot about stringing in that time from these boards. But it all boils down to the following:

  1. Find your number (tension)
  2. Put the damn strings in the racket
  3. Play tennis
All this other stuff is just crap. I mean it may be fun to talk about, but in the final analysis, stringing tennis rackets isn't rocket science and while some constantly try to invent a better mousetrap, it's pretty much a done deal as is. The guys at P1 don't run around with the latest, greatest, they string on Star 4's which have been out of warranty for quite some time. They also don't use any of the voodoo techniques espoused on the boards. They take the order, they set the tension, they string the racket and they return it.

There are only a few basic patterns the vast majority of folks use. Once you learn them, it's gravy. Other than that, we're not old world craftsmen, we're more like plummers (no offence to plummers out there :))