Stickers for marking string type/tension/etc.

HunterST

Hall of Fame
I would like to put stickers on my racquet inside the throat so I can know the date I strung it. It's easy to lose track of exactly how long strings have been in a racquet. I figure I could also list the tension if I used a different tension than normal.

I need something I can just write on with a pen and not have to print off. Any suggestion on what to use?
 

Dags

Hall of Fame
Electrical tape works well - cheap, sticks nicely but peels off cleanly, easy to write on with a biro. Plus choice of colours and widths.

Personally, I keep this information in a spreadsheet. If you have multiple matching racquets, look for the unique serial number. This is most often on the hologram on the throat, though sometimes can be embossed above the handle (Yonex) or on the butt cap (Head).
 

jim e

Legend
Join the USRSA, as they have a nice label that holds well and still peels of easy. Also has clear plastic coating that adhears after you write on it. Has USRSA logo as well.If you string a lot they have many other benefits as well like free string samples, their digest that lists most racquet patterns . It also gives credibility to the craft.
 
Jim, you beat me to the suggestion. If you are going to string for others, you should join the USRSA. I like Dags' suggestion too.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
Return adress paper labels, with clear scotch tape ontop,, works,,,
but if you wanna go alittle more "Pro",,, the guys above suggested it..
 

Geoff

Hall of Fame
I use my Brother Label Printer.
@HunterST with a Brother printer you can customize the labels. At our club we add the club's logo and a reminder when to restring. I have also included the members name besides the obvious information of string type and tension. I have also added a racquet number for customers who have multiple racquets.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Return adress paper labels, with clear scotch tape ontop,, works,,,
but if you wanna go alittle more "Pro",,, the guys above suggested it..
Return address labels with removable Scotch blue Magic Tape below the label. The magic tape sticks on anything, is easily removed, and with paper address labels the ink won’t rub off. Another option (since it’s just your rackets) is to permanently mark your frames and keep a log of when and how they were strung (along with notes.) The notes provide a history of how the racket, string, and tension played.
 

Karma Tennis

Hall of Fame
You have to be careful though. Someone might complain about the .0025 grams of weight you might add to the throat of their racket. You know they'd be able to "feel" the difference.
That's not the main problem.

The main problem is that people might believe the tape will impact on the aerodynamic efficiency of the racquet thereby capping the maximum RHS and spin potential to something less than it would be in "stock" form.

Of course that issue could be circumvented by explaining that your label has been tested for aerodyamic efficiency in the same Wind Tunnel used by several Formula One or NASCAR Race teams and actually increases the aerodynamic efficiency of the racquet thereby increasing the maximum RHS and spin potential to levels beyond those achievable by the racquet in "stock" form.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
That's not the main problem.

The main problem is that people might believe the tape will impact on the aerodynamic efficiency of the racquet thereby capping the maximum RHS and spin potential to something less than it would be in "stock" form.

Of course that issue could be circumvented by explaining that your label has been tested for aerodyamic efficiency in the same Wind Tunnel used by several Formula One or NASCAR Race teams and actually increases the aerodynamic efficiency of the racquet thereby increasing the maximum RHS and spin potential to levels beyond those achievable by the racquet in "stock" form.
I have transparent grip bands I write all information on, then turn them inside out and install at the top of the grip / overgrip. The trick is you have to write upside down and backwards but you get used to it after a while.
 
That's not the main problem.

The main problem is that people might believe the tape will impact on the aerodynamic efficiency of the racquet thereby capping the maximum RHS and spin potential to something less than it would be in "stock" form.

Of course that issue could be circumvented by explaining that your label has been tested for aerodyamic efficiency in the same Wind Tunnel used by several Formula One or NASCAR Race teams and actually increases the aerodynamic efficiency of the racquet thereby increasing the maximum RHS and spin potential to levels beyond those achievable by the racquet in "stock" form.


You have a point there.
 

Wes

Semi-Pro
I would like to put stickers on my racquet inside the throat so I can know the date I strung it. It's easy to lose track of exactly how long strings have been in a racquet. I figure I could also list the tension if I used a different tension than normal.

I need something I can just write on with a pen and not have to print off. Any suggestion on what to use?

I use small Avery labels. I mentioned them here:
https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/marking-racquets.559723/#post-10197927

I believe #6737 is the Avery number.
 

ClaudTT

New User
That's not the main problem.

The main problem is that people might believe the tape will impact on the aerodynamic efficiency of the racquet thereby capping the maximum RHS and spin potential to something less than it would be in "stock" form.

Of course that issue could be circumvented by explaining that your label has been tested for aerodyamic efficiency in the same Wind Tunnel used by several Formula One or NASCAR Race teams and actually increases the aerodynamic efficiency of the racquet thereby increasing the maximum RHS and spin potential to levels beyond those achievable by the racquet in "stock" form.
In addition, it could be used for micro adjustments of swing, putting the label up creates liftforce and turn it down and gives you downforce... Think about it !!! 8-B
 

esm

Professional
i have a note book with details and just a very small sticker with tension for myself.
for other people, i use a slightly larger sticker with abit more info... but that should contribute to any weight/balance change.... i hope 8-B
 

LOBALOT

Professional
I have a label maker and tried this but frankly a lot of players didn't want a label of what their strings/tension on their racquet and expect that I am logging this information which I do. Thus, I stopped affixing a label to the racquet.

If I get multiple of the same racquet to restring I will ask if they would like me to label their racquets (i.e. "Jim-1", "Jim-2", etc.). I will include this in my log along with the serial number (If I can find it). In this way the player can appropriately rotate their sticks depending on whatever method they are using.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
avery file labels. they even come in diff. color edges
-ive been doing this also for a long time now
-a quick suggestion, with some clear scotch tape ontop, the info stays clear and the label sticks better/longer,
-takes a couple seconds longer, but keeps players from sweating and peeling the label
 

struggle

Legend
I don't mess with it. My "customers" know what they asked for and that's what they get.

If they don't know, then it's not that important.
 

brownbearfalling

Hall of Fame
All great options here. One thing not mentioned is that if you buy string by the single set package, the main stream brands have a label sticker inside. Same is true for some reels. They give you a sheet of labels. Wilson and prince reels purchased in the past had some included.

if it’s just for yourself, why not do a notes file on your mobile phone? Accessible, simple and free. Instead of looking at serial Numbers on the frames just label them by #/ letter or whatever.

here’s my unsolicited rant:
while it’s nice to have the info on frame for reference, those stickers / taped label or etc can be a pain. There’s a fine line between having it sticky enough to stay adhered and not too sticky where it is impossible to remove. some throat designs make it impossible to either adhere the sticker or remove it later. You can only stick the new one on top of the old for so long. I’ve never been a fan of removing scotch tape from inside a racquet throat. It adheres too flush.
 

esm

Professional
while keeping details in a note book is essential, but a small label inside the throat or on the butt cap to indicate at least the string tension is ideal if you just need to go to your bag and pick up another one during a session/match play...
for an example, this is for myself, as i know what string i already have, so i just need to know the string tension.... (this is also okay for me if i am play testing strings, but wanted to know the playability of different tension.. etc.) 8-B

 

esm

Professional
I found an old labeler that my wife bought year ago. does anyone know about how well the labels adhere to a tennis racket throat?
it all depends on the stickiness of the label and how "shiny" the racquet throat is....
you can always try it and if it doesn't stick, you can clean the area.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
I found an old labeler that my wife bought year ago. does anyone know about how well the labels adhere to a tennis racket throat?
-im using the sticker and then a clear scotch-tape piece ontop of it
-the scotch tape does 2x things
--1, it holds the sticker even more to the frame, some stickers are not sticky enough
--2, it covers the sticker writing from pealing, due to sweaty hands rubding on it
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
@esm
-thats not bad at all
-at times thats all the info i need
-several of the high level players i string for frequently, thats all they require, date/tension (since they always use the same string)
 
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