Should I buy a reel or just use packages?

uofmrocky

New User
Could someone tell me what the typical length of string it takes to string a racket? I've never purchased a reel of string and was thinking about doing so. How many feet come in a regular package of prince string compared to the reel? Any help would be great.
 

eeytennis

Semi-Pro
Could someone tell me what the typical length of string it takes to string a racket? I've never purchased a reel of string and was thinking about doing so. How many feet come in a regular package of prince string compared to the reel? Any help would be great.
Usually 40 ft of string is measured out to string a racket...if you measure it out correctly it would be a better deal to buy the reel.
 

schap02

Semi-Pro
Could someone tell me what the typical length of string it takes to string a racket? I've never purchased a reel of string and was thinking about doing so. How many feet come in a regular package of prince string compared to the reel? Any help would be great.
For what it is worth...I have noticed that a lot of string brands don't give you much savings on a reel - PSGD for one...It is nice however to have the reel if you do hybrid jobs because you're not opening a full package every time...

For example - if you buy a set of Genesis Spin-X its about 10 bucks for a set but if you buy the reel its only 100 bucks so its a big savings

Duraflex on the other hand is only 4.25/set and the reel is still like 70 bucks so its not a tremendous savings...
 

rich s

Hall of Fame
Could someone tell me what the typical length of string it takes to string a racket? I've never purchased a reel of string and was thinking about doing so. How many feet come in a regular package of prince string compared to the reel? Any help would be great.
Prince only puts 38 ft of string in their packages, whereas Gamma and Gosen (as 2 examples) put 40 ft in a package.

I typically use 20ft for mains and 18ft for crosses (38ft total) so if you buy a reel that is 660 ft you will get 17 stringings out of a reel.

Take the price of the reel and divide it by 17 and compare that to the price of the packaged string.....that will tell you which route is cheaper.
 

layziaznboi

New User
I typically use 20ft for mains and 18ft for crosses (38ft total) so if you buy a reel that is 660 ft you will get 17 stringings out of a reel.
I had to string a Prince O3 Silver yesterday it was horrible... 118 sqin head it uses like 22 ft for the mains and 19 for the crosses (according to klippermate's stringing patterns)... I was really lucky I was using my last set from my reel which had about 43 ft left... So I guess this is one time when having a reel helps. Also IMO, I string faster using a reel because I can measure out approx 40 ft in a few seconds, which is way faster than I uncoil a set of strings, and I never had problems with tangling from a reel, but I do on occasion from a set.
 

rj.laroza

Rookie
i would go for the reel. in most cases you wont save a penny going with sets or reels, but if you measure your string right you may beable to save an extra half set- to a set of string when using a reel.
 

Cup8489

G.O.A.T.
reels are generally better. the strings dont coil as much so once you measure out your string it's ready to go, no unravelling.
 

Aces09

Semi-Pro
if you've decided on one string to use then you should definitely go for the reel, if you're experimenting around with different strings, go for single packages.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Some times you are better off with the reels but most of the time you are not. I would go with the single packs because you almost always have enough string. If you go with the reels sooner or later you are going to try to cut corners and end up with your string 1" (or more) too short.

Divide the reel length by 40 and multiply by the price of the individual set. If the result is more than the price of of the reel buy the reel if not buy sets. I wonder how many stringers have a half reel of string they don't like any more.

Irvin
 

alidisperanza

Hall of Fame
reels are generally better. the strings dont coil as much so once you measure out your string it's ready to go, no unravelling.
Good point... until you lose track of that silly end of the reel and it spirals out of controll... Unwind re-wind un wind re-wind.... ARGH!
 

volusiano

Hall of Fame
If you go with the reels sooner or later you are going to try to cut corners and end up with your string 1" (or more) too short.
LOL, this happens to me recently. I consistently had 2 feet extra length (one on each end) on previous string jobs of one of my rackets so I finally decided to cut it real close one time to save a couple of feet from the reel, but guess what? I didn't line up the length perfectly and I ended up with an extra foot on the short side (I use ATW) and one foot short on the long side (didn't realize it until the end). So I wasted the whole string and had to redo. Instead of saving a couple of lousy feet, I wasted 36 feet. So don't even try to cut it close. I wasn't a rookie at stringing anymore, but I got cocky and thought I could swing it and got caught short. I felt like an idiot, of course. LOL.
 
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migjam

Professional
Could someone tell me what the typical length of string it takes to string a racket? I've never purchased a reel of string and was thinking about doing so. How many feet come in a regular package of prince string compared to the reel? Any help would be great.
It really depends on the racquet. I can string a standard Babolat Pure Drive with 33' of string. Usually you should be able to get around 19 string jobs out of a 660' reel. Divide that by the cost of the reel and then determine if it is more cost effective to by the reel or the string by the sets.
 

kaibaNYC06

Rookie
I string my SP Blacks w/ 18 ft mains, and 17 ft crosses. I could even go a little shorter, but these numbers are easier to remember for me.
 

origmarm

Hall of Fame
I wonder how many stringers have a half reel of string they don't like any more.
This problem used to affect me a lot. Nowadays I just put anything I no longer like on my brother's racquets (he's a student so will take what he can get as long as it's poly). After the second time this happened I make sure I go through at least 5 or so stringjobs with a string before I buy a reel.

Savings can be quite high with some of the copolys on the reels for example however even without tight measuring. SPPP is $8.90 a set or $98.90 for the reel. If you bought 17 packs of SPPP (660ft/40ft = 16.5sets) then you would pay about $142. You effectively get about 4-5sets free (or just under 30%).

Cheers, Orig
 
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