Skipping the Bottom Cross

db10s

Hall of Fame
I found a sweet deal on some rackets and picked up a few... I decided to string one.... I was at the very end of a reel of string and I wasn't sure if I would have enough for the crosses... I ended up needing about 5 more inches of string.... So I skipped the last cross and now I have a 16x18 Bio 300. I don't know if I will be playing tonight because of some rain that may move in, but I will try and play with it ASAP.

Has anybody ever done this on any other rackets?
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I found a sweet deal on some rackets and picked up a few... I decided to string one.... I was at the very end of a reel of string and I wasn't sure if I would have enough for the crosses... I ended up needing about 5 more inches of string.... So I skipped the last cross and now I have a 16x18 Bio 300. I don't know if I will be playing tonight because of some rain that may move in, but I will try and play with it ASAP.

Has anybody ever done this on any other rackets?
yeah, i've done it before...the stringbed will be a bit softer missing the final cross.
 

loosegroove

Hall of Fame
I've done it was before as well. I couldn't even tell the difference to be honest with you. Though it did annoy me due to my OCD tendencies.
 

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
not a big deal at all. If I ever come up short on the crosses, I will tieoff before the last string and then just get another piece of cheap syngut for the last cross and string it. Only thing is you now have 6 knots instead of 4. No biggie though.
 

Muppet

Legend
The last cross on the racquet I did last night came out looser than expected. I did an ATW pattern and I only have one starting clamp. The way I get around that, and it usually works fine, is to tension my last string at the bottom of the racquet and release and move my short side clamp to the bottom and reach it as far across the table as possible to cover the tie off on the long side. Then I tie a knot, pulling out as much slack as possible. I think I mustn't have had the clamp straight enough while it was holding the bottom cross and I was tying it off. I hope the slack doesn't travel into the rest of the bed. It's not so bad that it looks sloppy.

The best way to handle this would be for me to get another starting clamp, so I can free up the long side clamp and use it to secure the bottom cross for tie off. So I'll get another clamp. Why is it taking me so long to get one???
 
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Sander001

Hall of Fame
Is it advisable to skip the top cross? Or if you hit a ball up there, is there a much greater chance to snap string?
 
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The last racquet i strung that i couldn't string the last cross for, i punched my closet door and made dents all over it, kicked my stringer over ( landed on my bed ) , and i scratched a hole for me to put the string through and finished.
I did have enough string, but i couldn't get it to go inside the hole. This blessed and cursed racquet is the BLX 6.1 Tour. Still pretty pissed since it took me 1 1/2 hours to get that last cross through.
 
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