Pure Aero 2 pc Tie off and Hole Sharing Differences from different stringers

#1
Hello everyone. I am pretty new to tennis and am not stringing my own racquets yet (but hope to in the future). After having a handful of racquets restrung, I have noticed that different professional stringers are stringing my same racquets differently, with respect to tie off locations and hole sharing.

The examples I have here are two Pure Aeros that were strung by two different pro stringers. Both were strung as two piece. Both have full beds of one type of string. I notice the shared holes, string routing tie off locations are different.

The stringing pattern instructions I see online (source: klipperusa) for the Pure Aero indicate they want you to start at 7H(head) and tie off a main at 8T(throat), and tie off crosses at 5H - 6T. It doesn't look like either of my racquets observe that pattern, and also they differ from one another:

The first racquet w/ the silver colored ALU rough string in it starts at 7H and is tied off at 8T on one side and 6T,8T on the other side.
The second racquet w/ the natural colored string starts at 7H and is tied off at 6T on one side and 6T,8T on the other side

What made me take notice of differences in stringing wasn't the different tie off location but rather the differences in the hole sharing/routing when looking at how the string is configured through the grommets viewing from the outside of the hoop. On the racquet w/ the natural colored string, I notice that string is looped such that more holes are skipped which results in big, messy-appearing loops of string compared to the racquet w/ the ALU rough string. This also results in the string sticking slightly out from the grommet in this area of the hoop which makes me wonder if this is a valid way to string this racquet.





Is anything wrong w/ the string routing/hole sharing pictured for the natural colored string that results in more skipped holes and bigger loops of string? Was this a shortcut or incorrect string routing or just a matter of stringer preference that will have no effect on string performance? Since I am not stringing for myself yet I want to make sure I am educated on these variations so I know whether I should or shouldn't trust certain stringers, and I am also curious for when I start stringing.

I looked at a bunch of pictures of used Pure Aeros on everyone's favorite auction site to observe how these tend to be strung and saw that most were routed and tied off like my racquet w/ the ALU string. I did see one out of many examples that was routed and tied off like my natural string racquet. I saw other examples that had tie offs on crosses, which neither of my racquets have.

Thanks for any insight you have on this!
 
#2
it is not incorrect!, not pretty, but still not incorrect!,,
looks like the babo.p.a.lite "whitegrommets", racquet was strung using the "yonex loop", thats why it has a longer run on the outside,,,
the reason for the yonex loop is to bring the tie off string closer to the tie off hole the stringer chose,,
the reason why its "not incorrect", its because all the strings are/seem within the allowed grommet/grooves for that racquet
the reason why its not pretty: too many skips, i count 3 going to 4,, too many

on a side note, i just restrung a similar racquet that someone strung incorrectly; the strings where outside/ the string groves, and it caused string break when it scraped the ground; that was a bad job, stringer should have notised and corrected at time of stringing and/or restrung the racquet..
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
#3
Your racquet with the natural colored string:

The mains were tied off on the 6th main. The bottom cross was tied off on the 7th main. This is technically not correct, but I doubt its going to hurt anything. You pointed out a side effect of stringing the racquet this way - there are some longer runs of string that protrude a bit from the grommets. Generally the longer the run of string to a tie off, the more that opens the door for tension loss. Aesthetically, it doesn't look as clean as the other racquet. The string does protrude a bit, but its down by the throat, so it's unlikely to get damaged. (How often do you scrape the throat of your racquet digging out a low ball)?

Your racquet with the ALU:

Appears the mains are tied off on the 7th main, and the bottom cross is tied off on the 6th main. This is consistent with the manufacturers stringing instructions for the whole PA family of racquets.

Edit: I would add that with a lot of 16x19 frames that came before the PA, the mains tied off on the 6th main. So that might explain the mistake as outlined up top - maybe that stringer either doesn't know, or he just made a simple mistake. Grand scheme, it shouldn't make much of any difference. I wouldn't worry about it.
 
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#4
Wow, such quick and informative replies. Thank you both. I am not worried about damaging the strings down that low, I just started to wonder whether the cosmetically less pretty job w/ the long runs protruding from the grommets was a cause for concern. The stringer who did that less pretty job strings for ATP so I hoped he probably wasn't doing anything functionally wrong, but it looked weird to me.
 
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Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
#6
i See a couple of things I don’t like but not sure they are wrong. For the white grommet racket it does look like a Yonex Loop was used which blocks grommet 7T with 2 strings. From picture I can’t see where the bottom cross ties off but I hope it’s ok.

For the racket with ALU there is a cross over between 7&8T. Not a playability problem but it just does not look good to me. I would have tied off mains at 8T like and made sure there wasn’t a crossover if I was stringing 2 piece.

My preference for this racket would be to string that racket with 1 piece ATW if possible, because I would get better tension maintenance and a zero chance of having crossover anywhere around the racket. (EDIT: LOL Had I string one of your racketS you would have had three different methods to show. If ATW were not an option I would tie off mains at 8T.)
 
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