Starting mains.....Clamps obstruct each other

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  1. TimeToPlaySets

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    I first feed the string into the center mains and then walk backwards to make them even length.
    I then clamp down these 2 center mains.
    Then I start doing the mains, but for the first couple, the clamps obstruct each other.
    I used to do one entire side of mains, and then the other side, so this was never an issue.
    When I try to do both halves simultaneously, the clamps obstruct each other in the center strings.
    Any remedy ?
     
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  2. krisdrum

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    Believe best practice is 3-4 mains per side before switching to even it out on the other side. Are you saying you are doing 1L, 1R, 1L, 1R?
     
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  3. TimeToPlaySets

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    Yea, I was trying that, but the clamps interfere.
    I will stick to doing 4 per side, to gain clearance.
     
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  4. fantom

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    You can use a starting clamp to string the first few mains and avoid the string clamps from getting in each other's way.
     
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  5. Traffic

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    No matter what, every stringer should have a starting clamp in their tool tray.
     
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  6. Traffic

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    Can you grab the two ends of your mains and just pull through together? equal length mains and you don't have to take a walk.

    I typically use a starting clamp to hold one main in place while I tension the other main and then put my first clamps in place. I'm assuming you can clamp your flying clamp near where the starting clamp is and then after you tension your next main, move the flying clamp toon the other side of the racquet. You could theoretically tension 2 ahead and keep the two clamps at opposite ends?
     
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  7. Wes

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    Or 2... or 3... or...
     
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  8. frank52

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    I'm not sure if you are using fixed or flying clamps. Either way, the answer seems to be you need to stagger the clamps so they don't obstruct. I use fixed clamps, do three mains on one side, do three mains on other side, then alternate sides. I position the first clamp one clamp-width inside the racket.
     
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  9. 1HBHfanatic

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    I like your answer here
    this is more of an issues with flying clamps,, they are bulki,,

    but its only an issue for the first 2 mains on either side,,
    after that, staggering like you suggested solves the issue
    and you can still keep doing JUST 2 mains only, per side,
    Lots of ppl also say you can do 3 sometimes 4 mains per side before going back to other side,, I prefer to even the pressure by just doing 2 mains,, (thats by choice, it makes more sense to me),,
     
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  10. jim e

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    USRSA guidelines is no more than 3 ahead on one side before going to other side for stringing mains.
    I went into a big box store before and noticed racquet in machine and all mains tensioned on one side only.
    Racquet was left that way for the 45 min. I was in the store.I never did see stringers, was just left that way! Some stringers I guess do not like to follow protocols, or just do not know proper technique.
    I usually don't go over 2 ahead a side.
    If you string for other players, you should know and follow proper protocols.
    String for just yourself, then do as you please.
     
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  11. Irvin

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    No matter what type of clamps you’re using (fixed or flying) unless you use a starting clamp, if your first clamp is near the frame your clamps will obstruct each other.
     
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