Pre-stretching multifilament string

Discussion in 'Strings' started by THath, Aug 17, 2005.

  1. THath

    THath New User

    Mar 24, 2004
    I recently bought some Prince Premier string and read somewhere you should pull it twice when stringing it to reduce the amount of loss you see in tension. Is this necessary?
  2. bsandy

    bsandy Hall of Fame

    Mar 25, 2004
    It's more important that you do it the same way everytime for consistency.

    Yes. Prestretching just about all types of string will reduce initial tension loss

    Try looping it around a door handle, grabing the other ends with some vise-grips and pull with 1/2 your weight for 15-20 seconds.

    . . . Bud
  3. Cruzer

    Cruzer Professional

    Feb 26, 2004
    Leafs Nation
    Keep in mind that prestretching does help reduce tension loss but you lose some the comfort that comes with a multifilament string. The result is you reduce tension loss but the stringbed may not feel as soft as you would expect.
  4. Racquet Doc

    Racquet Doc New User

    Dec 29, 2004
    I can vouch for cruzers indication of the Prince Premier being stiffer when pre-streched. I currently have one of my racquets with a prestretched premier 17 g and I did notice it being a little stiffer than when I had previously strung the same string at the same tension, but without prestretching it. I think the key is to not over prestretch. Pre-stretch, enough to get the coil memory out of it, but don't prestretch it as much as you would do natural gut.

    The best way to prestretch is to do it with one continuos pull. Find a padded door nob that you can loop the sting around. I use a floating clamp to hold the loop in place on one end. For the other end I wrap the string around a soft rubber screw driver handle and just lean back a little.

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