Tennis Warehouse's How to String a Racquet Video

Overdrive

Legend
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?
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
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?
Yes but H is Head (I think,) and the grommets count from the center out in both directions from the Head and throat.
 

Wikky

Rookie
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.
 

BLX_Andy

Professional
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.
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
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?
Yes, it's basically telling you those holes 8 and 10 at the Throat and 8 and 10 at the Head are crosses.
 

zapvor

G.O.A.T.
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.
 

Imago

Hall of Fame
As English is my fifth language, I am wondering what has necessitated the use of a double, apostrophe separated s in the title? ;)
 

beernutz

Hall of Fame
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.
 

jigar

Professional
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TW Staff
Thank you TW for the great video.
 

bigdtrain

New User
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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?
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
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?
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.
 

bigdtrain

New User
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?
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
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?
I don't think it will
 

cknobman

Legend
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?
 

jim e

Legend
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?
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.
 

392Hemi

Professional
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!
 

Wes

Semi-Pro
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).
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
392Hemi,

This is referred to as stringing your crosses "one ahead".
This accomplishes two things...

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).
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.
 

jim e

Legend
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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Wikky

Rookie
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?
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.
 

dennis

Rookie
In this months Tennis Industry Magazine The USRSA does not accept double pulling of the top 2 cross strings to start cross strings
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
 

jim e

Legend
what implications would this have?
Thanks
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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Matija

New User
We just created a new video on how to string a tennis racquet. Our very own playtester, Andy, hosts the video.

Check it out here:


Please let us know if you have any questions or need any tips. We are more than happy to help out.

TW Staff
Thanks
 
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