Stringing Preference (4 knots or 2 knots)

DKL

New User
Hello Stringers.

I walked thought the local sporting good store to get an idea of how their racquets were strung. I noticed every wilson, had only 2 knots. The others had 4 knots. I know when String I have 4 knots. I assume thats because separate strings for the mains and crosses. What is the Choice among you professionals?

I want to start off my stringing career on the right track.

Thanks!

DKL
 

kaibaNYC06

Rookie
Hello Stringers.

I walked thought the local sporting good store to get an idea of how their racquets were strung. I noticed every wilson, had only 2 knots. The others had 4 knots. I know when String I have 4 knots. I assume thats because separate strings for the mains and crosses. What is the Choice among you professionals?

I want to start off my stringing career on the right track.

Thanks!

DKL

Well some manufacturerers want u to string the crosses top down, or else you'll void the warranty (ex: Head, etc). Personally if u had a choice, it's better to have 2 knots (as opposed to 4). Everywhere a knot is tied leads to more tension loss.
 

aussie

Professional
It's a personal choice if you want to string 1 piece (2 knots) or 2 piece (4 knots). Most frames can be strung either way. I prefer 2 piece because you can hybrid 2 different types of string, can vary tension, vary gauges and can string top down without going 1 piece with ATW. 1 piece stringing means working with one very long piece of string which can be far more annoying than 2 pieces of short string.
 

TennezSport

Hall of Fame
Well...........

Well some manufacturerers want u to string the crosses top down, or else you'll void the warranty (ex: Head, etc).

You should never string a racquets cross string from the throat up, as it puts too much pressure on the head and could cause damage. Head and Yonex require 2 piece stringing to guarantee this, and stringing any other way will void the warranty.

Personally if u had a choice, it's better to have 2 knots (as opposed to 4). Everywhere a knot is tied leads to more tension loss.

While there is still some debate on this issue, it really should not matter if the stringer knows what he/she is doing. Usually when working a 2 piece 4 knot string jobs, tension can be increased on the last mains to make up for knot loss. For racquets where the mains finish at the throat, you will have to use some ATW pattern to string top down, if you want a 1 piece 2 knot job.

We just had this conversation on the GSS site and our shop only strings 2 piece (due to all of the hybrid requests) on all racquets as a consistent standard, unless requested by the player or manufacturer to use 1 piece. Hope this helps.

TennezSport :cool:
 

YULitle

Hall of Fame
Tennez: I actually had a conference call with a Head rep and his boss and they wouldn't confirm that stringing one-piece on a Head racquet voids the warranty. He kept avoiding the issue. I asked if ATW was alright, and he said that the pattern is in the Digest. That was his answer to everything. They didn't want to address it. One other thing he did say though was that if he were a shop owner, he'd never send in a warranty request racquet strung. And that typically at Head they err on the side of the customer for most claims anyway.

sorry to derail the topic
 
i agree with what your saying on the head warranty. in the uk, head is very good at replacing broken frames, even ones that have been abused. I string in a pro shop for most of the players in my county and allways string from top to bottom, 1 piece unless asked otherwise ( never happened). as for my self, i string my own rackets 2 piece, dont know why, but just do, also so that if some 1 else strings them ever, who i dont see to be a good stringer, i know that it will be done top 2 bottom. not many shop based stringers know the round the world method and others ways of doing it. wilson make me laff, in the uk, most frames come pre strung, they double string every cross and go bottom to top!
 

uk_skippy

Hall of Fame
wilson make me laff, in the uk, most frames come pre strung, they double string every cross and go bottom to top!

Wilson accept that their frames can be strung bottom up. Just check their patterns for stringing their rqts 1 piece. You'll find that if the mains finish at the throat the pattern shows you can string bottom up, although most good stringers will string top down. The same can be said for Babolat.

Rqts like Babolat Pure Drives that come pre-strung are also strung 1 piece bottom-up. And just like Wilson their patterns show that thay can be string bottom-up.

Regards

Paul
 

abenguyen

Hall of Fame
w/e you prefer. like someone said above. 4 knots has more tension loss, but you can't do a hybrid with 2 knots. but if you do string the same string for mains and crosses 2 knots/1-piece holds tension better. i do 4 knots when i can because i hate dealing with 30 ft of string for one side.
 

YULitle

Hall of Fame
w/e you prefer. like someone said above. 4 knots has more tension loss, but you can't do a hybrid with 2 knots. but if you do string the same string for mains and crosses 2 knots/1-piece holds tension better. i do 4 knots when i can because i hate dealing with 30 ft of string for one side.

Have you tried pre-lacing your long side mains?
 
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