Tennis Warehouse's How to String a Racquet Video

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  1. TW Staff

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  2. Overdrive

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    Great job TW

    This will help out a lot of new stringers as other Youtube videos don't fully cover it.
     
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    Fantastic for beginner stringers.

    Great job!
     
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  4. Overdrive

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    When my racquet states:

    Mains skip: 8T,10T,8H,10H
    T- Throat (Bottom of the frame)
    H- Hoop (Top of the frame)
    8- Eighth hole
    10- Tenth hole

    Am I correct?
     
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  5. Irvin

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    Yes but H is Head (I think,) and the grommets count from the center out in both directions from the Head and throat.
     
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    was that a double pull on the first two crosses? hmmm
     
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    Oh okay. thanks. I see the marking.
     
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    You bet your sweet bippy it was.
     
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    Thanks TW!

    And Irvin for his great advice as well!
     
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  10. Overdrive

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    Is that a prince Neos 1600? I bet Andy is stringing withGosen Forten Sweet 16.. :cool:
     
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  11. Irvin

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    I think that is a NEOS 1000
     
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    i'll admit it was a lot better idea than the speed stringing video. I like it tw, no need to nitpick on the double pull on the first 2 crosses guys. Probably a good idea for beginners anyways since they often do the knot incorrectly and pull the starting knot through.
     
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    Thank God. This video just came up right as a friend of my dad's gave us an ancient Alpha stringing machine. It's a drop weight but I'm still thrilled to get it.
     
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    Yes, it's basically telling you those holes 8 and 10 at the Throat and 8 and 10 at the Head are crosses.
     
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    Andy said in the video that if a racquet has 8 eight holes, you're supposed to string at the top.
     
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    Correct. Not sure what this has to do with my post though.
     
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    I meant if the crosses would be strung first.
     
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    I will not bite the hand that feeds me......
     
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    i thought the speed string one was pretty neat to watch. i think a lot of us fail to realize that despite all teh neagative connotation, it actually takes a WHOLe TON of skill and practice to even achieve that speed. just try it and see how close you get.
     
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    Man, wish I had this video when I first started. :(
     
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    As English is my fifth language, I am wondering what has necessitated the use of a double, apostrophe separated s in the title? ;)
     
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    That's pretty close to what I do with my Neos 1k except I use Yusuki to start the mains, I don't double pull the first cross, and I don't leave the big loops when stringing crosses but rather I weave several ahead. Different strokes...

    Good video, thanks Andy and TW.
     
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  23. Aretium

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    Anyone say what Andy could have done better? heading towards advanced techniques?
     
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    Maybe he left out using a Starting Clamp on purpose? :confused: This video is a big help so thanks! :)
     
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    Thank you TW for the great video.
     
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    Thanks a lot for this video! Just a couple questions though, why do you pull the top two crosses? Don't you lose a lot of tension by doing it this way?
     
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    They didn't, they only pulled tension on the second cross. Yes the top cross will be looser but if you used a starting clamp you will also loose some tension from drawback. Had they used a starting knot and pulled on the top cross the knot may have pulled into the grommet with the higher tension.

    Not going to be hitting with the top string anyway unless you want to shear off you mains.
     
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    Thanks, Irvin for the reply. I have strung around 8 rackets so I guess I don't know a whole lot and btw I was implying by "pulling the top two crosses" that they pulled both strings by pulling tension on the second cross like you said. I guess I was confusing there. So by just pulling tension on the second cross the tension loss won't have any noticeable affect on the rest of the crosses? It won't leak into the rest of the cross strings?
     
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    I don't think it will
     
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    Great video, thanks!

    I never learned how to do 1 piece stringing, is it worth the time to? Or should I just stick with the 2 piece method I've always used?
     
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    Learn how to string one piece there are times when it is best.
     
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  32. jim e

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    Nothing wrong with 2 piece stringing.
    But there is nothing wrong with knowing all available options that you can use for 1 piece be it a natural 1 piece job, or all the different ATW stringing of 1 piece jobs.
    This way you can decide what is best way to string a particular situation, or if someone asks for a 1 piece you can accommodate as well.
    After you string each ATW a couple times you will know the advantages and disadvantages of each.
     
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    Question for Andy or others...

    Andy, in the video you explain weaving the crosses but pulling tension on the one prior to the last one woven by tensioning the loop. Im just curious why is tension applied to crosses this way?

    Thanks, great video!
     
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  34. Wes

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    392Hemi,

    This is referred to as stringing your crosses "one ahead".
    This accomplishes two things... easier weaving and minimizing string to string friction.

    First, the actual weaving of each cross is easier (because you are going through "soft weaves" rather than "hard weaves").

    Example: if you're currently weaving the 7th cross, the last cross actually tensioned is the 5th cross. This makes the 7th cross easier to weave, because the mains are still oriented as a "soft weave" from the tension that the 5th cross is applying to the mains.
    Now... had you tensioned the 6th cross before weaving that 7th cross, you would have just created a "hard weave" for yourself, instead of the nice "soft weave" that occurs by delaying the tensioning of the 6th cross (until after you have woven and fanned almost all of the string for that 7th cross).
    Once that is done, you can then apply tension to the 6th cross, clamp it, release tension from the gripper, pull the remaining bit of slack through, and move on to weave the 8th cross (which will now be easier because of the tension the 6th cross is now applying to the mains).
    Rinse and repeat... tension 7th, weave 9th, etc.

    Secondly, since you are weaving and fanning each time, through mains that are oriented as a "soft weave", there is much less friction (wear) on all of the strings (crosses and mains).
     
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    This does accomplish two (of three) thing. First it make weaving easier but the second benefit depends on how must string is pulled through on the 'one ahead' string. The way TW did it only pulling through a short piece and leaving a large loop does not reduce friction as you're pulling all that string over what you call a hard weave after you tension the previous string. Leaving the string tip up near the frame keeps the end of the string up near you hand. If you pull most of the string through before you tension the previous string you reduce friction and there is less chance of the large loop getting caught on something. But you must look for the end of your string each time.
     
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  36. jim e

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    In this months Tennis Industry Magazine The USRSA does not accept double pulling of the top 2 cross strings to start cross strings, like it shows in this video!
    You would think if a video was shown on proper technique, that current USRSA protocols would be followed.
    Does TW have a thought on this?
     
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  37. Wikky

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    The USRSA might not but the IART / GSS does (Forum made up of mostly Tour and Shop stringers). I guess the question would be which one is more reputable based on author, but i'd rather keep it how it is based on the fact that it is for beginners.
     
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  38. dennis

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    what implications would this have?

    I'm considering getting a machine (to string my own racquets), how much time does it take to become proficient? I don't mean to be a pro stringer who has a wealth of knowledge about all racquet types and strings, just to do good jobs with my own racquets. Thanks
     
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  39. jim e

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    I believe that you may not need to be a member to view the articles on their web site, so go to the USRSA site , go to articles, then to back issues, and then to Tennis Industry, go to June 2016 Ask the Experts article.
    They have their reasons published there.
     
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