Prince "O port" racket stringing

donnayblack99

Semi-Pro
Does anyone have any tips to string a Prince "O" ported frame. I vaguely remember there was a boomerang type tool that fit into the ports and allowed the string to move while tensioning. Does anyone have this tool or know where I can buy one, or have any suggestions on how to string this frame...? Thanks in advance.
 

Papa Mango

Semi-Pro
Does anyone have any tips to string a Prince "O" ported frame. I vaguely remember there was a boomerang type tool that fit into the ports and allowed the string to move while tensioning. Does anyone have this tool or know where I can buy one, or have any suggestions on how to string this frame...? Thanks in advance.
Use the table lock on your stringer. Or if you don't have the lock, use your hip (carefully) to hold the racket in place .
You mostly need it for the top half of the crosses.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
The boomerang was used to hold the string in the bottom of the O port. You can place anything between the last tension string and the string you tension to hold it down. Sometimes you can mount the frame so the center of the turntable is farther from the head that helps you get to the midpoint of the frame sooner. There are lots of work around on youtube
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
When I string an O-Port, I only need something to separate the crosses til I get halfway down from the top. Sometimes I'll put a Sharpie or a AA battery in between the last cross that's already been tensioned and clamped and the one I'm currently tensioning to keep them apart. That lets the one I'm tensioning run more toward its own side of the O-Port when I clamp it instead of sliding up toward the one before it. Not necessarily perfect, but it works fine for me.

Don't recall ever being able to make one of those boomerangs work for me when I tried one years ago, but I could have been trying to get it done with one that was the wrong size.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
I think I remember watching one of @Irvin ’s video where he was strung the crosses 50-50 for the o ports. Staring from middle.
Depending on the machine you’re using that can cause issues. But using that method you do not need any special tools, brake, hip bracing, etc... Also that’s using a 2 piece 50/50 not a 1 piece 50/50.
 
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haqq777

Legend
Depending on the machine you’re using that can cause issues. But using that method you do not need any special tools, brake, hip bracing, etc... Also that’s using a 2 piece 50/50 not a 1 piece 50/50.
Can you please post link here for that video, Irvin? Have a Phantom 100 I would like to just string up for fun. I like to do 2 piece stringing and I have a basic Gamma drop weight at home. Any specific tips would be appreciated too. Thanks.
 

Traffic

Hall of Fame
I bought some wooden clothes pins. I bought a bag for pretty cheap. I leave 2 on my stringing machine. I don't know where the rest of the bag is...

I tried using a dowel and that worked fine. Just didn't like storing it.

Oh, also, the wooden clothes pin is good for straightening the string after stringing job is complete.
 

esgee48

Legend
[/sarcasm] O Great Sheldon Cooper! My OCD is beginning to make me twitch. Why are threads about Stringing frames in the Strings Forum rather than the Stringing Forum? :unsure::happydevil: [/end sarcasm]
 

geubes

Rookie
One tip I saw and use. If you don't have a boomerang, you can use the lid of a Sharpie pen. It stops the strings collapsing. Clip the hook on the string that is parallel to being pulled, just inside the frame
 
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