Not real confident on knots

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by jswinf, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. jswinf

    jswinf Professional

    Sep 30, 2009
    Since I string infrequently, maybe once a month, I kind of have to relearn stuff each time, at least to a point.

    I like the Parnell knot, I've watched the videos and diagrams, and I'm pretty sure I know how to do it, but: sometimes when I'm tightening it I feel like I just have a half-hitch around the anchor string with no real relationship to the other loop I'm pulling on, and I think it looks weird, and I do it over a half-dozen times and go look at a diagram, and worry about having the string clamped too long, and finally just tie one and pull it tight and it seems OK. I just reviewed a short video of Irvin's where he points out that the Parnell knot is really just an overhand knot, so maybe I'm not crazy? :confused:

    It seems difficult to make sure the part of the string being tied off that's "outside" the racket--like from the last string to the tie-off hole--is tight. I don't want to leave more slack there than I have to, but trying to pull that tight while tightening the knot was mostly what made me think my Parnell knot was wacky.

    Probably nobody else ever has a problem with this. :oops:
  2. Irvin

    Irvin G.O.A.T.

    Mar 15, 2007
    Marietta, Ga
    Lots of people have problems with drawback. Here is a video that may help:

    Also if you use flying clamps the twisting action of the clamps creates more drawback. I have found if you use both clamps on the outside string it will stop a lot of that twisting, but then you need a starting clamp to hold the other side and free up your second clamp.

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