Stenciling, Your Thoughts...

Your thoughts on stenciling...

  • I stencil my strings.

    Votes: 51 39.5%
  • I dont stencil, but I dont mind those who do.

    Votes: 37 28.7%
  • I dont stencil and I think its a pointless exercise.

    Votes: 21 16.3%
  • Indifferent.

    Votes: 20 15.5%

  • Total voters
    129

mcshift

Rookie
What do you think of stenciling your racquet strings?
i typically stencil my strings because i sting myself and it looks better but it is pretty anoying that the balls get marked up so much

heres another question...
What do you guys think of stenciling a prestige with the tecnifibre stencil since you using tecnifibre strings?
 

jefferson

Semi-Pro
I stencil mine because that is the contract that I signed with wilson had in it. That was basically the only thing that I had to do different. I already use the rackets, strings, grips, sneakers, and bags anyway. But now I have to stencil my sticks. It is nice to see where you are hitting the ball consistently.
 

PimpMyGame

Hall of Fame
I string my own rackets, and also some for friends, family etc. I have never offered to stencil strings, and nobody has ever asked me to. If they did, I'd probably get some stencil ink and a stencil but until that happens why bother? It's not like Dunlop or Wilson are paying me to do it.
 

DennisK

Semi-Pro
I string for myself and others too. I'll only stencil if they ask me to, otherwise I don't bother as its a pain.

I sometimes stencil my own, but rarely. When I do put a stencil on, its never the standard racket logo. I instead prefer to put funny things on like smiley faces. I put the Linkin Park logo with some white ink on some SP Tornado a few weeks back - looked really cool.
 

drakulie

Talk Tennis Guru
although I rarely stencil my own frame, I do stencil the frames of all my customers. I do it free of charge, and they seem to really appreciate the extra effort, and fact the frame looks "newer".

I have also strung for several national ranked players, and they require their frames to be stenciled if they are sponsored.
 

Marshredder

Semi-Pro
I stencil mine because I think it looks weird without :/ Its just something I've got used too growing up, I prefer the logo on my strings, i'm weird!
 

SirGounder

Hall of Fame
I stencil mine with different things like a target and what not just for the heck of it. It takes little effort and makes my racquet slightly unique.

Doesn't really matter though, it's just personal preference.
 
I stencil mine, but just for laughs. I have stenciled the Rebel Alliance symbol, a skull, and next I am going to stencil the mudflap chick... You know the one:

 

daslosh247

New User
I stencil like superman1272, just for laughs usually. I do the playboy bunny sometimes or the transformers thing. I'm supposed to do the babolat lines but I'm pretty sure they don't have spies watching me...For tournaments I do the lines though.
 

chaddles

Semi-Pro
Don't string my own racquets usually, and the rare occasions I do I use our store's logo for competition/tournaments. Do have most brands stencils for sponsored players, and when requested - waste of time if the customer isn't phased about it.
 

dl125

Rookie
I still stencil once in a while, but haven't in the last year or so. Don't want my bro to get mad at red or black marks all over a $60 case of balls in the hopper.

I like stencils on racquets though. When I was 13 I never knew companies had specific logos but I liked to copy the pro players. So at one time I had a Gamma red dot, pro kennex logo and babolat lines all on one string bed. Some guy on varsity totally called me on it too but I had no clue. Looking back; I'm laughing like crazy. (and kind of embarrassed)
 

AznAssassin

New User
i stencil my strings just because it really makes the racquet look better and "newer." I have babolats, so stenciling really isn't that hard
 

NineEleven

New User
I stencil like superman1272, just for laughs usually. I do the playboy bunny sometimes or the transformers thing. I'm supposed to do the babolat lines but I'm pretty sure they don't have spies watching me...For tournaments I do the lines though.
guys very interesting...

may i know where i can find these stencils?
 

Marshredder

Semi-Pro
guys very interesting...

may i know where i can find these stencils?
You can buy official stencils from tennis shops normally, I got my Wilson stencil from some sports store online. However these custom ones are normally custom made by whoever wants them, print off the pattern on card, cut it out and stencil!
 

beckham

Semi-Pro
I stencil the type of strings I use in the racquet.
I guess its more oldschool as pros and others usually stencil the racquet brand they use.
I like the Luxilon stencil, and use their strings.
OP: I don't think using a Prestige and stenciling Tecnifibre is bad. I did for my Volkl when I used Tecnifibre strings.
 

robbie_mx

Rookie
I string for myself and others too. I'll only stencil if they ask me to, otherwise I don't bother as its a pain.

I sometimes stencil my own, but rarely. When I do put a stencil on, its never the standard racket logo. I instead prefer to put funny things on like smiley faces. I put the Linkin Park logo with some white ink on some SP Tornado a few weeks back - looked really cool.
Please Post some pics to see it... sounds cool !!! :)
 

star 5 15

Professional
I stencil my strings when I play tournaments. i'm under contract and so I am required to do it. I don't think not doing it in practice really matters much. I go through so much string that its just another hassle to deal with when I am training anyway. plus it comes right off luxilon anyway.
 
Unless your sponsored or play like you could be sponsored don't stencil your strings.
YEAH... and don't go wearing things with logos like Nike or Under Armour or Fila or Addidas... Unless of course you are sponsored by those companies or can perform like you could be sponsored!

Don't be a poser or a tool of the corporate machine. In fact, let's all wear the same colored clothes and shoes. Why not all play with a blacked out frame with no graphics. Hell, why not all of us use the SAME RACQUET! That will show 'em! We don't need any individuality in our sport! Let's not be swayed by corporate logos or what we might think of as fun! That crap is nonsensical and for a bunch of school kids that are not mature like us. There is no place in our sport for such frivolty.

NO SPONSORS? THEN NO STENCILS!!!!!
 

drakulie

Talk Tennis Guru
I thought,,,,,, what the heck and came up with this one today:



Got a lot of people complimenting it. Now they want one. :)
 
that batman one is awesome drakulie. Someone mentioned using the playboy bunny earlier, i just did that one, great idea. Im gonna make a gatorade lightning bolt one sometime this week if im bored.
 

KenC

Hall of Fame
I put the radioactive symbol on mine. I wanted to put the biohazard symbol but it doesn't come out as well due to the details.
 

Pro Staff Pete

Semi-Pro
I stencil my strings every now and then.. sometimes a W, sometimes the Polystar logo or every now and then a funny picture. It can be nice to see where you hit the ball mostly.
 
@ Drakulie... LOVE the Batman symbol!

@ Andrean... That must have took a few minutes to do... Diggin it!

This what I'm talking about! Have some fun with it, guys!

I will get a picture of the mudflap girl up this weekend!
 
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nabbydian

Hall of Fame
i like stenciling my racquets - makes me feel like a beginner which i know i'm better than one . Its always gd to surprise an opponent (as most of the pre-strung racquet comes with stencil and beginners over here dont actually change strings yet) :)
 
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Deleted member 21996

Guest
i stencil with the Kirschbaum cherry out of sympathy for their effort on sending me tring samples, stencils and other stuff!

even when i'm not using K's strings...
 
well my coach at the club i play at thought the playboy bunny was funny...but he said i cant use that stencil there cuz he doesnt want the parents of the beginner and peewee classes seeing it. :???:

dangit. guess ill just have to use my pentagram stencil instead :twisted:
 

eagle

Hall of Fame
I stencil but use our company logo vs the racquet mfr's.

Good advertising for us at tourneys we organize.

r,
eagle
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
Among my crew (all hardcore 4.5's and up), you're thought to be a poseur if you arrive with a stenciled frame - unless it's a demo, of course.

I think our prevailing attitude is to let one's play do the talking; there is only a mild curiosity in our ranks about what equipment is being used, and none of us "advertise."
 
I love a "crew" (especially a HARD CORE one) that has no preconcieved notions to how a person plays. Lets the new guy's playin' do the talkin'... that is unless of course, he shows up with a stencil on his strings.

Then immediately they know he is a tool. No questions asked. Hell, no need, huh? I mean really? Right? Right?
 

Booyah

Semi-Pro
I do not stencil my strings. but i must admit, stenciling babolat racquets with the two lines is just plain cool.
 

matchmaker

Hall of Fame
I am surprised that so many people stencil their strings. For non-pros, it seems redundant to me, although some more original stencils do look cool.
 

nCode747

Semi-Pro
YEAH... and don't go wearing things with logos like Nike or Under Armour or Fila or Addidas... Unless of course you are sponsored by those companies or can perform like you could be sponsored!

Don't be a poser or a tool of the corporate machine. In fact, let's all wear the same colored clothes and shoes. Why not all play with a blacked out frame with no graphics. Hell, why not all of us use the SAME RACQUET! That will show 'em! We don't need any individuality in our sport! Let's not be swayed by corporate logos or what we might think of as fun! That crap is nonsensical and for a bunch of school kids that are not mature like us. There is no place in our sport for such frivolty.

NO SPONSORS? THEN NO STENCILS!!!!!
OMG yet another poster gone wild. I ment why even bother stenciling if you don't have too.
 

drakulie

Talk Tennis Guru

That looks awesome! Thanks for shairng the photos!

Among my crew (all hardcore 4.5's and up), you're thought to be a poseur if you arrive with a stenciled frame - unless it's a demo, of course.

I think our prevailing attitude is to let one's play do the talking; there is only a mild curiosity in our ranks about what equipment is being used, and none of us "advertise."

High level players typically don't give a rat's butt what their opponent comes on the court with>>> they just play.

It's typically lower level players that talk all this garbage.
 
OMG yet another poster gone wild. I ment why even bother stenciling if you don't have too.
I apologize if my post seemed harsh. I was just trying to be funny in a sacarstic fashion. It is so hard to get sarcasm across in this type of medium. There should be a font for SARCASM.

Again.. not trying to flame. I think all of us that stencil goofy stuff are just pokin' fun at those that take this game too seriously and, even more so, ourselves.

It's just that when ever someone gets all high and mighty about the SW differences of a vibrazorb, or about how serious they are aboout reaching the heights of 5.5 status, or that they look down on players that wear white after Labor day... I just gotta kinda chuckle. I know I say (type) stuff in replies that seem nonsensical and might sometimes come across as being an @$$. If I offend you or anyone else, I apologize.

Take what I say with a grain of salt. Kinda like a brother-in-law that you just have to smile and grit your teeth at. You know they mean well and are trying to be funny... but for the love of God they still get on your ever last nerve.
 

FloridaAG

Professional
I do not feel strongly about it one way or the other - when Drak strings my frames he stencils them and I like it - but I would not pay extra to have them stencilled.
 
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