String Zing

jim e

Legend
I see there is a new gimmick to help weave strings.
Looks like it is based on @Irvin idea of using a string to pull cross strings through, except this looks like you can pull one of 20 guide strings across mains to weave cross strings and item is a one way ticket, as once used , that's it, and you need to purchase another.
Seeing that it takes time to place main strings through this, also keeping the 20 guide strings in order so you pull the right one through each time, for many stringers this would take more time than just weaving as normal At least for me it seems like it would take me longer with this item. Maybe okay with a harshly shaped string, but I really ? the advantages.
Just read about this in tennis industry mag. May issue.
Anyone use this as yet?
I just sent to USRSA to get a sample to try, but after reading about it I really ? it's advantages.
Maybe I will think different once I try it. I guess I should keep an open mind.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
@jim e do you have a link? I thought at one time using a board with pegs to weave a string around the pegs then pass the mains through. It will work but it won’t save that much time you still have the grommets to contend with so you’re only saving a minute depending on how fast you weave.
 

esgee48

Legend
I can weave a cross string between 18-20 seconds. One hand above and one hand below the string bed is all I need. [/sarcasm] Would love to have 3rd hand, but Mama Nature did not cooperate. :oops: [/end sarcasm] I could see someone with a stringer that has very little space below the string bed using this; or someone who has to string a Blackburne or Maq.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Sounds like a rip-off to me I cen see it for maybe a few bottom strings but that’s about it. Then again it would create a lot of friction on the bottom of the mains.
 

jim e

Legend
Sounds like someone stole @Irvin idea and then made that contraption. Irvin had the string method a long time back. Even though it would only work in one direction, it did work and was reusable. I never looked up the manufacturer web site just the mag. article, but it listed it as stringzing dot com. Like I said, they will be sending me one sample. Maybe I will keep it just in case I get a Blackburne racquet.With this thing, you can string the bottom crosses first then use this thing for top crosses for a Blackburne. Can't really see any other benefits.
Looks like from pictures that it would be difficult to keep the 20 guide strings in order. On a normal racquet I bet it would take me longer to use this.
I guess from a manufacturer point of view a throw away one use , makes more profits.
 
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Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Yes I was going to suggest that years ago but I thought it would be a total waste of time.
 

camohommed

New User
Oh yeah looks like a total copy of @Irvin idea.
For full disclosure since I string just for myself and friends I ripped off the bead idea from @Irvin for the crosses.
Easy on the fingers and reusable.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Oh yeah looks like a total copy of @Irvin idea.
For full disclosure since I string just for myself and friends I ripped off the bead idea from @Irvin for the crosses.
Easy on the fingers and reusable.
The string zing should be reusable too, but it will not save you any time. Training wheels for stringers.
 

StringGuruMRT

Semi-Pro
The string zing should be reusable too, but it will not save you any time. Training wheels for stringers.
Yeah I know that I'm not the target demographic for this product, but it just seems like an unnecessary fix to a problem that doesn't really exist. I couldn't even make it through the whole 4 minute video before I got frustrated and turned it off...
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Yeah I know that I'm not the target demographic for this product, but it just seems like an unnecessary fix to a problem that doesn't really exist. I couldn't even make it through the whole 4 minute video before I got frustrated and turned it off...
The problem (weaving crosses) is real for new stringers. But I can’t see someone buying a new string zing for every racket. If you learn to string it’s worthless. Using this crutch will take a long time and you will never learn to string properly.

I’d be interested to see what the USRSA thinks about it, but I’ve got a pretty good idea of what they will say. I’m assuming they will test it out like they do other stringing gizmos.
 

StringGuruMRT

Semi-Pro
The problem (weaving crosses) is real for new stringers. But I can’t see someone buying a new string zing for every racket. If you learn to string it’s worthless. Using this crutch will take a long time and you will never learn to string properly.
Exactly. The first few racquets you string it's a struggle, but it doesn't take long to get the hang of it. Of course I learned to string 28 years ago, so I don't really remember how long it took me to get proficient at weaving...
 

MAX PLY

Hall of Fame
Nate Pagel just gave this device a positive review in Tennis Industry. Essentially said it was a good tool for less experienced stringers and was also helpful with "shaped or extra slick strings." It did also note the obvious point that its use "will not build stringing skills, and it won't help new stringers practice weaving strings on their own." Anyway, I requested a sample--if and when I get it, I will try it out and post my views.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
I actually liked my idea better. If you’re stringing with an ATW pattern you could weave the string on the odd/even (easy weave) and pull the hard weave. I may try that the next time I use an ATW pattern.
 
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