Question TW stringers: Ashaway Monogut ZX snaps while stringing

ricardo

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Question TW stringers: Ashaway Monogut ZX snaps while stringing

Hi there,

Have you noticed a more than average occurence of string snapping
while stringing Ashaway Monogut ZX?

If so, what pre-cautions would you recommend?

Do you pre-stretch this string?

Do you use lockout or constant pull machine?

Do you string >60 lbs?

Thank you in advance..
 

Captain Ron

Professional
I've only strong it a couple times and less than 60 lbs. The only trouble I've had was when I nicked it with pliers on a tie off. Don't ever use pliers on it, very sensitive to nicks. As long as you don't scratch it I wouldn't expect any trouble. I use a gamma rotary gripper.
 

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Question TW stringers: Ashaway Monogut ZX snaps while stringing

Hi there,

Have you noticed a more than average occurence of string snapping
while stringing Ashaway Monogut ZX?

If so, what pre-cautions would you recommend?

Do you pre-stretch this string?

Do you use lockout or constant pull machine?

Do you string >60 lbs?

Thank you in advance..

Hi Ricardo,

Monogut ZX has a lower tensile strength than both natural and synthetic (nylon & poly) strings. Even so, I have had no trouble on a lockout at 60 lbs or below. On a constant pull I recommend staying at 58 lbs or less (though I had no breakage on a Star 5 @ 60lbs over several stringjobs). Be careful tightening knots. I have found that a light pre-stretch makes it more manageable during installation, and it reduces this string's high elongation. I have no data on whether pre-stretching helps w/premature breakage. I recommend you check these threads out.
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=526881&page=2
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=499072&page=2

Here are the instructions from Ashaway.

* Don't pull knots too tight

* Don't scrape or nick string. Be careful when using a starting clamp anywhere on the string.

* Allow time for string to elongate under tension. Count to ten (10).

* Use slower tensioning speed on electronic machines. Fifty % suggested.

* String with at least 10% less tension than nylon strings.

* Don't apply over 60 lbs tension.

* For poly players, use light pre-stretch for more muted response.

* Be careful with use of sharp tools.

* When using double action clamps, release the base first.

* Check racquet grommets for extensive wear.

Hope this helps,
Jon
 
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