New to tennis stringing

Bdmtfreak

New User
Been stringing badminton rackets for a few years now and want to move on to tennis rackets as well.

Got some questions for all you veteran stringers:

1) Do you do the same tension for mains and cross? (eg. requested 50lbs, you string 50x50 or 50x52?)

2) Do you use the Knot function when pulling the last string before tie off? (to my understanding, it adds 10% to your current tension)

3) How much string for mains and cross? For badminton, I do 7 racket lengths for mains and 6 racket lengths for cross and this holds true regardless of the racket type.


Many Thanks
 

struggle

Legend
Been stringing badminton rackets for a few years now and want to move on to tennis rackets as well.

Got some questions for all you veteran stringers:

1) Do you do the same tension for mains and cross? (eg. requested 50lbs, you string 50x50 or 50x52?)

2) Do you use the Knot function when pulling the last string before tie off? (to my understanding, it adds 10% to your current tension)

3) How much string for mains and cross? For badminton, I do 7 racket lengths for mains and 6 racket lengths for cross and this holds true regardless of the racket type.


Many Thanks
1) Usually i use the same tension for mains and crosses. In a hybrid setup, sometimes the mains will be a few pounds higher (natural gut mains/poly cross for me, see my signature).

2) I don't increase tension for knots.

3) a set of string is 40 ft (sometimes more). I usually just cut them in half (i always string two piece). When pulling from a reel i use my wingspan (about 5.5 feet) and am not stingy (i buy cheap reels, so not too worried over it). I usually use the klippermate site for lengths and patterns(which is hit or miss but pretty good overall). https://www.klipperusa.com/stringing/manufacturers.php
 

esgee48

Legend
[1] Tension is based on what the client ask for. Normally same ref tension for mains and crosses. If they want something different, they have to tell me.

[2] No. Use to increase the ref tension on last mains and cross, but found it made little difference, so no longer do it. Also tell them I do one piece (and ATW if needed) unless it is a hybrid.

[3] Manufacturers' lengths if package is used. Pulling from reels, manufacturers' lengths the 1st time. If I know it really is less, that is what I pull to minimize waste.
 

gmatheis

Hall of Fame
1) Do you do the same tension for mains and cross? (eg. requested 50lbs, you string 50x50 or 50x52?)

For full beds of the same string it is mostly the same tension, I only have 1 person that requests different tensions.
On Hybrid jobs the tension usually varies.

2) Do you use the Knot function when pulling the last string before tie off? (to my understanding, it adds 10% to your current tension)

I have a dropweight , but I add 5 lbs on my pull for tie offs

3) How much string for mains and cross? For badminton, I do 7 racket lengths for mains and 6 racket lengths for cross and this holds true regardless of the racket type.

Depends on the racket, string pattern, and type of string. My own racket is a 97 square inch 16x19 and I use full poly ... I use 36 feet for 1 piece stringing
If I were to use synthetic gut I could use less (maybe 34 feet) because it stretches much more.
 

Bdmtfreak

New User
Also one more thing I forgot to ask, does it matter where the side supports are in relation to the racket frame?? Because I know that if placed incorrectly for badminton rackets, they could break while stringing due to the built up tension in the wrong spots. BTW I use a 6pt stringing machine if you were wondering.
 

ElMagoElGato

Semi-Pro
Also one more thing I forgot to ask, does it matter where the side supports are in relation to the racket frame?? Because I know that if placed incorrectly for badminton rackets, they could break while stringing due to the built up tension in the wrong spots. BTW I use a 6pt stringing machine if you were wondering.
In what situation do you break a badminton racket? That's awful.
 

struggle

Legend
Also one more thing I forgot to ask, does it matter where the side supports are in relation to the racket frame?? Because I know that if placed incorrectly for badminton rackets, they could break while stringing due to the built up tension in the wrong spots. BTW I use a 6pt stringing machine if you were wondering.
I try to position them so they don't block grommet holes (but since i have the <> mounts vs K mounts, it rarely makes a difference).
 
I've strung badminton rackets before, and believe me, if you can string a badminton racket, you can string a tennis racket. Strings a firmer (generally) and the racket itself is sturdier. Tennis clamps are more substantial too. The only thing worse is the "through the handle, around the outer edges of the frame" racquetball racquets.
 
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