Strings/Stringing: FAQ & Popular Topics

davidahenry

Professional
If people wish to ask me a question, then, I suggest you send me an email through TT.
Why this approach? I often learn a great deal from others' questions to you. I like to see the questions and responses in this open forum. Just my $0.02.

Thanks.
 

YULitle

Hall of Fame
Why this approach? I often learn a great deal from others' questions to you. I like to see the questions and responses in this open forum. Just my $0.02.

Thanks.
Well, I can't see when my thread has a new post as well as when it was stickied. So, for a better shot at getting a response, I suggest people send me an email now.
 

davidahenry

Professional
Gotcha - for question related to your video sticky, this makes perfect sense. I misunderstood. I thought you just meant in general that you would rather people email you. What I was referring to was when people post a thread titled like "Question for YULitle". I benefit from those types of posts.

Take care.
 
since there are a growing number of stickies, I suggest putting all review stickies in this thread, like miniRafa's review, and nickb's upcoming multi review, but put back YULitle's sticky as he needs to see who asks questions.
 

diredesire

Adjunct Moderator
since there are a growing number of stickies, I suggest putting all review stickies in this thread, like miniRafa's review, and nickb's upcoming multi review, but put back YULitle's sticky as he needs to see who asks questions.
There's actually a shrinking number of stickies, which is why this thread was created. YUL can see responses to his thread by clicking "User CP," if his subscriptions are turned on.

YULitle, if you really want your thread in it's separate stuck position, shoot me an e-mail.
 

TheShaun

Hall of Fame
just my two cents, i think yulitle's video thread deserves a spot on the main stringing page.

you could consolidate the TW job opportunities into one sticky, "TW Europe Job Opportunities"
 

diredesire

Adjunct Moderator
just my two cents, i think yulitle's video thread deserves a spot on the main stringing page.

you could consolidate the TW job opportunities into one sticky, "TW Europe Job Opportunities"
I agree that YUL's thread is sticky worthy, but the point of the sticky consolidation is to keep the stuck threads to a minimum, so it is self-defeating in that aspect. I personally feel that once you've visited (and posted in a thread) that it is subscribed and easily checkable (especially when something new comes up) in the User CP, but then again, that is my "work flow," and others might not subscribe to this way of using the forums. At this moment, I'd like (if at all possible) to keep stickies to a minimum and play it by ear for a little while.

All credit to YUL, though, he is undertaking in a HUGE project (video editing/encoding is time consuming and a PITA, frankly). I was planning to do the same for a long time, but never was able to set aside the time. Props to him, and I never meant to "take away" from his contributions in this manner.
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
Seriously though, I understand TW runs the site, but their hiring stickies are of no interest to 99.99% of peeps on the boards and completely unrelated to the forums that they are in.

But they still remain on the top while guides designed to actually help people get knocked off.

Same with the duability testing, neat to see, but not sticky worthy.

Same with the mains/crosses break thing.

J
 
^^^^ agreed on the two threads being taken off. however, with the exception of YULitle's sticky, accumulating all the stickies in one single sticky seems to work nicely, since it doesn't take up so much space
 

diredesire

Adjunct Moderator
Seriously though, I understand TW runs the site, but their hiring stickies are of no interest to 99.99% of peeps on the boards and completely unrelated to the forums that they are in.

But they still remain on the top while guides designed to actually help people get knocked off.

Same with the duability testing, neat to see, but not sticky worthy.

Same with the mains/crosses break thing.

J
Yeah, I agree, but I don't get to touch those ;)
 

origmarm

Hall of Fame
Wasn't there a thread where Yulitle goes through all the tools etc... required for stringing with pictures and suggestions? That would be a useful addition to the first post if possible. Thanks, Orig
 

nathan3011

New User
Hi Guys,

I'm pretty new to tennis, i only play a few times a year but the problem is that every now and then when i play i damage my racket, for some reason my strings keep snapping.

As i'm only a part-time player i don't have a very expensive racket and wondered if this could be why it keeps breaking??

Thanks
 

YULitle

Hall of Fame
Hi Guys,

I'm pretty new to tennis, i only play a few times a year but the problem is that every now and then when i play i damage my racket, for some reason my strings keep snapping.

As i'm only a part-time player i don't have a very expensive racket and wondered if this could be why it keeps breaking??

Thanks
It helps to know where they broke. If they broke in the center then you probably are just wearing through them. If they broke near the frame then you might have busted grommets. When the string busts through the grommets the string can rub on the frame, which leads to premature breakage.
 

zapvor

G.O.A.T.
i agree with the others-i think YuLite should have his own sticky on the main page. the other stickies are not as detailed or helpful but i think most agree YuLite's videos and countless answering of questions hae been tremendous for the tennis community at large on this forum
 

Asclade

New User
Stringing Tool

Hey everybody, this is my first post on TW and it's nice to get to know everybody on the forum. I was wondering if anyone could help me out, I use an electric stringing machine and sometimes when I string, I don't have enough to reach the tensioner and I have to leave a string or two untensioned to complete the racquet. There was a tool I was introduced to, it was some sort of clamp that has another piece of string attached to it, so that even if you didn't have enough, that other piece of string could reach the tensioner and tension your string. Does anyone know what this kind of clamp is called and where to get it? Also I have trouble tensioning the last string on the crosses, any suggestions? Thanks for your time guys!
 

diredesire

Adjunct Moderator
Hey everybody, this is my first post on TW and it's nice to get to know everybody on the forum. I was wondering if anyone could help me out, I use an electric stringing machine and sometimes when I string, I don't have enough to reach the tensioner and I have to leave a string or two untensioned to complete the racquet. There was a tool I was introduced to, it was some sort of clamp that has another piece of string attached to it, so that even if you didn't have enough, that other piece of string could reach the tensioner and tension your string. Does anyone know what this kind of clamp is called and where to get it? Also I have trouble tensioning the last string on the crosses, any suggestions? Thanks for your time guys!

It's called a starting clamp, alternatively, you could use a splicing knot to attach a scrap piece of string.
 

ronalditop

Hall of Fame
is it true that polys lose tension fast and become dead, so only people who restring often can use them? cause i dont have a stringing machine so i restring once they break, and thats why im not sure if using a poly. right now i use syn guts at a very high tension to get good control, but since everybody talks about the spin polys have, i would like to give it a try.
 

diredesire

Adjunct Moderator
It's partially true, a "dead" feeling string bed is all about how you perceive the feel to be. If you are stringing your syn guts very tight, you might even like the feel of a (looser!) poly. Since polys are stiffer in nature, you can drop the tension (some recommend up to 10%) and retain a lot of the control. However, you should be aware that the stiffness can cause joint pain (elbow, wrist, etc).

As far as the tension loss, yes, polys tend to lose tension fast regardless of the technology, some polys are much better than others, but none are stand out IMHO. If you are looking for more info, feel free to create a separate thread ;)
 

kpfoto

New User
Two tensions?

I'm a newbie here. Nice to see all this information. I've read on many threads here where the mains and crosses are at two different tensions. What is the advantage of that?
 
String Help

Hi everyone, if anyone can give advice from your expertise..

I have a Hyper ProStaff 6.1 (95) and strung it with Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power 16L String at too low of tension (59lbs but somehow now it's too powerful to play.. normally string at 62-63).. I was wondering if I can replace maybe the mains or crosses with a Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 Strings.. is it possible to just replace mains or crosses?

Also, if possible, then should I make the 18 Strings the mains or crosses? I know that the mains break quicker so which is the more durable string?... that one should be used for mains.

Thanks for your help:)
 

YULitle

Hall of Fame
Hi everyone, if anyone can give advice from your expertise..

I have a Hyper ProStaff 6.1 (95) and strung it with Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power 16L String at too low of tension (59lbs but somehow now it's too powerful to play.. normally string at 62-63).. I was wondering if I can replace maybe the mains or crosses with a Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 Strings.. is it possible to just replace mains or crosses?

Also, if possible, then should I make the 18 Strings the mains or crosses? I know that the mains break quicker so which is the more durable string?... that one should be used for mains.

Thanks for your help:)

The short answer is no, but there is a lot said on the issue here.
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=74551
 

InsaneSpin

New User
i tried searching but couldnt find the answer. Can someone please direct me to where i can find how increasing/decreasing the tension would affect the shot. i.e, does increasing the tension increase power but lose control...etc.. thanks.
 

dancraig

Hall of Fame
i tried searching but couldnt find the answer. Can someone please direct me to where i can find how increasing/decreasing the tension would affect the shot. i.e, does increasing the tension increase power but lose control...etc.. thanks.
In general, more tension gives more control and less power. Less tension gives more power and less control.
 

dancraig

Hall of Fame
Since spin is related to control and higher tension is also related to control, I'd say more tension is related to more spin.
I think racquet head speed has a much greater impact on spin than string tension.

Another opinion about tension/spin: Some feel that lower tension enables you to impart more spin because the ball stays in contact with the stringbed longer.
 
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tennytive

Professional
Different gauge, different weight?

Does anyone know if the string gauge affects racket weight to any significant degree? IE 16g making the racket more head heavy than 17g?

I have 2 rackets the same size. One has 16 the other 17. The 16 feels heavier to me, but I wonder if I'm just imagining. BTW the racket with 16 also has head protection tape. Maybe that's it, or a combination of both?

Thanks for any help offered.
 

YULitle

Hall of Fame
Does anyone know if the string gauge affects racket weight to any significant degree? IE 16g making the racket more head heavy than 17g?

I have 2 rackets the same size. One has 16 the other 17. The 16 feels heavier to me, but I wonder if I'm just imagining. BTW the racket with 16 also has head protection tape. Maybe that's it, or a combination of both?

Thanks for any help offered.
The protection tape is far more significant than the difference in gauge. If you are feeling anything, and it isn't just in your head, it's the protection tape. If you are concerned about the difference, I'd start there. The difference in weight between 16 and 17 is nearly imperceptible.
 

jim e

Legend
Does anyone know if the string gauge affects racket weight to any significant degree? IE 16g making the racket more head heavy than 17g?

I have 2 rackets the same size. One has 16 the other 17. The 16 feels heavier to me, but I wonder if I'm just imagining. BTW the racket with 16 also has head protection tape. Maybe that's it, or a combination of both?

Thanks for any help offered.
Unless the racquets are matched, there can be a significant difference between racquets that look identical even without strings.
Did you check the weight of both before they were strung?
 

willdog123

New User
Do you have to use 2 clamps (flying) when stringing the crosses (one piece), because you can easily get the job done with just one clamp?
Thanks
 

DrAiN

New User
Real String Tension

Hi there, I read that even if a string is pulled at e.g. 25kg, friction in the strings reduce the tension when stringing. Is it true? How much does it reduces? If they say, for example that Nadal's racket was stringed at 25 kg, does it mean that the real stiffness is lower than that, or professional stringing is able to keep It accurate?


Thanks
 

dancraig

Hall of Fame
Hi there, I read that even if a string is pulled at e.g. 25kg, friction in the strings reduce the tension when stringing. Is it true? How much does it reduces? If they say, for example that Nadal's racket was stringed at 25 kg, does it mean that the real stiffness is lower than that, or professional stringing is able to keep It accurate?


Thanks
Loss of tension, from set tension to actual string tension in a racquet, does happen. It can be reduced, some, by good stringing technique. The amount of tension loss varies by string, stringing machine and stringer.
 

origmarm

Hall of Fame
Hi there, I read that even if a string is pulled at e.g. 25kg, friction in the strings reduce the tension when stringing. Is it true? How much does it reduces? If they say, for example that Nadal's racket was stringed at 25 kg, does it mean that the real stiffness is lower than that, or professional stringing is able to keep It accurate?


Thanks
Most of the time I string my racquets at around 52lbs with a poly and 58-60 with a multi or syn gut. I would get stringmeter readings around 50 and 55-6 respectively right after stringing. The meter is not that accurate but I reckon you would lose a lb or two more or less imediately. Less with a poly. RSI test tension loss with a "little hammer" type method. Would be interesting to see if they just pulled and left it in what the loss would be. You could probably work it out if you were dilligent with a lockout machine and a stringmeter by just stringing the first main I reckon.
 

dancraig

Hall of Fame
Most of the time I string my racquets at around 52lbs with a poly and 58-60 with a multi or syn gut. I would get stringmeter readings around 50 and 55-6 respectively right after stringing. The meter is not that accurate but I reckon you would lose a lb or two more or less imediately. Less with a poly. RSI test tension loss with a "little hammer" type method. Would be interesting to see if they just pulled and left it in what the loss would be. You could probably work it out if you were dilligent with a lockout machine and a stringmeter by just stringing the first main I reckon.
Yes.......:rolleyes:
 
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