Spaghetti Stringing

tommyboy1212

New User
Hello everyone,

I am trying to string my racquet with the classic spaghetti stringing technique. I have read the old articles on the instructions. But I wanted to see if you guys had any tips.

The one thing that I am wondering, is how will the mains work with two strings in each hole? I feel like the hole will not allow enough space for two strings to fit. Is there a way to squeeze them through easily?

Any input is much appreciated!
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Getting two strings in some grommet holes will really be difficult and no matter how you go about it you will weaken the grommets. Then you have the issue of tensioning two strings at a time and getting them to lay correct between and in the grommets. You don't want any crossovers. After tensioning there is the problem of holding tension on two string both at the same time so one never slips. At some point you have to tie off two strings on two anchor strings, meaning you have four strings in one hole.

I'm sure all these problems can be avoided but I've never done it so not sure how it's done. And I'm not planning on stringing a racket that has an illegal pattern.
 
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Steve Huff

G.O.A.T.
I have had to use a Dremel and enlarge the holes I used. This is after removing the grommet strips, and actually enlarging the hole in the frame itself. You can get the Fitex individual grommets--the 4.3mm size, or larger if they have them. If you're going to really play with the racket, you'll need to use Kevlar strings. Otherwise you'll break them pretty fast.
 
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EBauman

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Sorry if this is slightly off topic. I've been playing around lately with a pattern related to spaghetti stringing - the one where you don't alternate the weave of the crosses so you end up with 3 parallel planes of strings. The only thing I do differently is to only do it in the middle of the sting bed, leaving the outside couple of rows at the top and bottom and sides normal. I think it plays great. It's lively, and the ball really feels like it sinks in and creates a lot of spin. I've tried super loose strings to get the same effect, but never liked the way it played. It's really a shame it's not legal.

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And I'm not planning on stringing a racket that has an illegal pattern.

Spaghetti stringing is not illegal. You just are not permitted to use that type of pattern in ITF sanctioned competition play. There is nothing to stop you from using it in practice hitting sessions or social competition play.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Can't use them in USTA play, either.
In the metro area here you have tournaments at all the tennis centers, T2 Tennis leagues, K-Swiss leagues, ALTA Leagues, and USTA leagues all year long. You can't use them in any of those tournaments or leagues either because they all require everyone to follow the ITF rules of tennis and a Code of Conduct even though most leagues are not ITF sanctioned events.
 
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