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Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
@1HBHfanatic it is this easy, start a racket with an odd number of crosses (like you had) with the short side on the other side and you would have beEn fine. If you would have had an even number of crosses (which you did not) you would have been fine starting the way you did.

EDIT: Your short side was on the right and the long side was on the left in the video (as you look at the racket standing on its butt.) It makes a difference which side the short side is on when using any ATW or box pattern.

EDIT: Watch your video at 10:45. At that point you have the 1st and 19th crosses tensioned, both of them are odd numbered strings. You’re attempting to weave the 2nd cross (from R to L) because the weave for even and odd strings Is opposite that weave is always going to be a hard weave. Imagine how hard it would be to weave all the even numbered strings is you did no pre-weave, when you pre-weave you allow the even string to come away from the last tensioned string which makes all other even string a little easier but not much. When weaving odd numbered strings the last tensioned string is odd above it and odd below it but you allow the pre-woven even string to come down so that even string, even though it has no tension, holds the high strings down and low strings up just enough to make the weave harder. Pushing the pre-woven even string up against the last tensioned string makes the weave easier.
 
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1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
@Irvin
yup, ^ you def. gave me something to try/think about, for next time,
im always looking for better ways and your suggestions from this ^ and previous posts, illustrated a different possible/better way to weave, tnx
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
@1HBHfanatic don't understand me now if you prefer to use the short side to make the outer string lay the way you want then by all means do it. I’m saying had you not done that top cross with the short side you would have been weaving the odd crosses R to L and avoided the hard weaves for odd strings. If you want to weave the top cross with the short side put the short side on the opposite side, both methods do the same thing.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
@1HBHfanatic ….....I’m saying had you not done that top cross with the short side you would have been weaving the odd crosses R to L and avoided the hard weaves for odd strings. …..
i think this is what im going to try next on a 16/19 pattern
im just gonna weave the top cross at the end!!,
i do this (16/19 AYW), alot lately, so this is def. a better/easier way

the other method im gonna fiddle around with, and see if it works for me
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
i think this is what im going to try next on a 16/19 pattern
im just gonna weave the top cross at the end!!,
i do this (16/19 AYW), alot lately, so this is def. a better/easier way

the other method im gonna fiddle around with, and see if it works for me
Go on and weave and tie off that top cross as you normally would. The racket in your video was a 16x19 and your short side was on the right. For the 16x19 ATW you will do next put the short side on the left. From there on you should be all set.
 

mmk

Hall of Fame
Total Time: 1 minute 12 seconds
Racquet Strung: RF 97 Autograph
# of Mains/Crosses: 16x19
Pattern Used (1 or 2 piece, ATW): 1 piece
String(s) Used: Gosen Sheep Micro 17g
Pre-stretch? N
Tension: 40 lbs /40 lbs
Machine Strung On (CP, LO, DW): DW Stringway
Other Factors/Misc Info: Skipped 15 out of 16 main strings and 18 out of 19 crosses.
72 seconds, wow - I guess we all need to switch to drop weight stringways
 

onehandbh

Legend
We all need to switch to one main and 1 cross, I’d use 2 crosses myself so I could tie off.
On a more serious note, any general tips on how to string quicker? Especially weaving the crosses when stringing with two pieces of strings. (usually poly) The fastest I can string is usually about 25 minutes. Maybe 30 minutes if I'm taking my time. I last few weaves for the crosses at the bottom of the racquet are slow for me.

I use my index fingers to weave the crosses.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
general tips on how to string quicker
Weave one ahead and only 1 ahead this allows plenty of room for fanning strings
Pull the un-tensioned cross up against the last tensioned cross to open a channel through the mains
Learn to pull weave especially with poly and crumpled up string near the bottom make weaving more difficult
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
@1HBHfanatic here is a 16x19 racket you may have a problem stringing one piece. I have the racket with the logo up on the butt cap. The 5th cross must be strung right to left because of the O Port. If you put the short side on the right and use the short side to string the top cross you will string all your even mains right to left and that won’t work. In this case your short side must be on the left if you want to string the top cross with the short side. I did not use the short side to string the top cross so the short side on the right worked perfectly for me.


EDIT: The easy way to keep this racket straight is to make sure your top Tie off knot is on the grommet labeled START.
 
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1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
@Irvin
for this racket ^^ I was thinking box pattern
due 5mains on right, and tie off on 6H, with short side (orientation as seen on picture)
use the long side to go around the racquet 3x (box pattern)!,,
only problem being the tie off at the end
either enlarge the hole or have a long run to the tie off location chosen on picture (8T).
but box pattern as I suggested would create the same hard weaves I ran into on my video,,
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Too many hard weaves, and too many short runs on the outside of frame for me I’d stick with an ATW or 2 piece. But the box would work.
 

Chadalina

Legend
Ultra xp 100s. 2pc. Mains vendetta 16a, cross perfect spin.

Started mains at 10:13, finished them at 10:18. Will do crosses later.

Its a 16*15 so the crosses are very easy (good spacing too), can do them in under 10mins
 

Chadalina

Legend
On a more serious note, any general tips on how to string quicker? Especially weaving the crosses when stringing with two pieces of strings. (usually poly) The fastest I can string is usually about 25 minutes. Maybe 30 minutes if I'm taking my time. I last few weaves for the crosses at the bottom of the racquet are slow for me.

I use my index fingers to weave the crosses.
Give yourself some slack, then needle nose pull another 4-5 string section after weaving. 18*20 blades are very tight and stiff at the bottom

Worse comes to worse, push the string down and grab it with the needle nose to pull up
 

onehandbh

Legend
Give yourself some slack, then needle nose pull another 4-5 string section after weaving. 18*20 blades are very tight and stiff at the bottom

Worse comes to worse, push the string down and grab it with the needle nose to pull up
That's what I usually do -- needle nose pliers for last cross -- for my two 18x20 racquets.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
just strung up a Wilson.juice 100s, 16/15 pattern
only took 14' of string for the cross, no bridging needed
has to be one of the shortest cross lengths ive used on my stringing history

@Chadalina
all rakets should be like this, haaa
 

MattCrosby

Professional
Total Time: 15 mins (roughly)
Racquet Strung HEAD Graphene 360 Extreme MP
# of Mains/Crosses 16x19
Pattern Used (1 or 2 piece, ATW) 2P
String(s) Used; HEAD Lynx 17G
Pre-stretch? N
Tension 56lbs
Machine Strung On (CP, LO, DW) CP
Other Factors/Misc Info:
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
I said I could string a racket in about 4 minutes. That’s a double entendre and actually has 2 meanings.
 

jim e

Legend
I said I could string a racket in about 4 minutes. That’s a double entendre and actually has 2 meanings.
I guess Irvin can string a racquet that fast. It may not be completed, as that was not specified.
 
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Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
I guess Irvin can string a racquet that fast. It may not be completed, as that was not specified.
You're assuming I said how long it would have taken me to string a racket, what I meant is when I could start.
 
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LOBALOT

Semi-Pro
Put me in the amateur category. I really enjoy stringing a racquet and take my time. I turn on the stereo, listen to some music, and just settle in and string a few racquets. I think if I really pushed it I could restring a racquet end-to-end in 1/2 an hour. I typically take about 40 minutes. My weaving technique is not great but I think the end result is pretty solid thanks to what I have learned from everyone here.
 
Total Time: 13 minutes and some change
Racquet Strung: 18x20 CV Blade
Pattern Used (1 or 2 piece, ATW) 2 piece
String(s) Used ALU 125
Pre-stretch? No
Tension 27 kg
Machine Strung On (CP, LO, DW) Baiardo
Other Factors/Misc Info: ALU came from a reel
 

zaskar1

Rookie
Alright fellas, I put myself to the test (again) but in a series of 3 racquets. Time includes: mounting, measuring string, preweave, stringing, and straightening.

Total Time: 59 min 03 sec
Racquets Strung: Wilson Blade 98
# of Mains/Crosses: 18x20 X3
Pattern Used (1 or 2 piece, ATW) ATW
String(s) Used: Luxilon ALU Power Rough 1.25
Pre-stretch? No
Tension: 50lbs
Machine Strung On (CP, LO, DW) CP
Other Factors/Misc Info: see above
chuck
dont feel bad, i am like you. takes me 55 minutes start to finish. those people who can do 15 minutes must be
pretty fast and agile
z
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
@golden chicken first time stringing a racket and you chose a PS90 to string with NXT? And then to complicate matters you strung the racket 2 piece. When you got down to the bottom cross did you have any issues stringing the bottom cross in 6T?
 

golden chicken

Professional
@golden chicken first time stringing a racket and you chose a PS90 to string with NXT? And then to complicate matters you strung the racket 2 piece. When you got down to the bottom cross did you have any issues stringing the bottom cross in 6T?
Yes! But I used the pathfinder awl and it worked! There wasn't a lot of room for my last tie off knot and I think it's a bit ugly, but I'm otherwise proud of myself.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Yes! But I used the pathfinder awl and it worked! There wasn't a lot of room for my last tie off knot and I think it's a bit ugly, but I'm otherwise proud of myself.
Pathfinder awl works great but they are very fragile. When you start trying to pry it in when the string are very tight sooner or later you will break it. I have 2 and I insert mine before tensioning the string that block a hole or I use blunt needles that are much cheaper. I take the plastic ends off my blunt needles so I can use them in either direction. Glad you're proud of your work and rightfully so, you were faster than I was on my first racket.
 

golden chicken

Professional
Pathfinder awl works great but they are very fragile. When you start trying to pry it in when the string are very tight sooner or later you will break it. I have 2 and I insert mine before tensioning the string that block a hole or I use blunt needles that are much cheaper. I take the plastic ends off my blunt needles so I can use them in either direction. Glad you're proud of your work and rightfully so, you were faster than I was on my first racket.
Yeah, I used the regular awl to make space for the pathfinder. I think in the future I would stick a scrap piece of string through the hole to help. Is a one piece job preferable on a PS90? I saw a video on a box method that seemed intriguing, but both my PS90s were/are strung two piece, so that's what I went with.
 
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jim e

Legend
If you place a scrap string under the string that will block hole, that is place the scrap piece under that string blocking against the outside of the frame. This way you can grab the ends and lift up or push down the string with needle nose pliers to open up the access to grommet.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Is a one piece job preferable on a PS90?
In my opinion yes. Normally I would suggest for a new stringer to use 2 piece but for any racket that skips 7&9 and tie off at 6B I think an ATW is easier because you avoid a lot of blocked holes. When I string with an ATW pattern I prefer to run the odd string for a 19 cross racket from the right side to the left side. So if I do not use the short side to run the top cross I start with the short side on the right. If you’d like to use the short side to run in the top cross the short side would be on the right but that requires a starting clamp.

After tensioning the center 10 mains I use the long side to run in the bottom cross and the outer main on the short side. Then tension the 6th mains on both sides. Then use the long side to rung the top 2 crosses. Now finish the short side at tie off at the top and you should be able to figure out the rest. There will be no badly block holes this way. The only hole that can be blocked is 9T and it isn’t. You don’t need any tools (like a starting clamp) you don’t have, and there are no hard weaves. Here is a video of how to use the X-2 for an ATW.
 

jim e

Legend
Blocked holes are not an issue if you just prepare for them. Unless someone asks for one piece, which has not happened yet, I string most everything 2 piece. the only one piece I string now are the natural one piece jobs.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
im still working on getting my time down for tight pattern poly racquets
just strung 3x head.radicals, 16/19, all poly at 46/44lbs, 2pc
times: 52:18.04 (17:03.57, 18:.34.77, 16:39.38)

its just funny to me how much faster one can string a open pattern racquet with some strings, vs others..
further up on this thread I posted my time for 7x yonex frames at arround 1h45m, and here i am posting about 3x h.radicals at 52 minutes,, ??!! where does the time go I wonder?? haaaa
 
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