Things I sometimes do after retrieving my racquets after string jobs

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  1. ONgame

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    1. Bounce the string bed against my palm to feel the tension.
    - I have no idea what I'm doing, tbh

    2. Realign/straighten the strings even though the stringer already did
    - Attempts to move the strings ever so slightly, only to move them back a second later

    3. Look at the string bed from an acute angle
    - Helps tremendously at finding misaligned strings, and then -> #2

    4. Smell the string bed a little
    - Hmm, does gut have a smell?

    What else do you guys do?
     
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  2. Ronaldo

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    Climb back into the DeLorean and return to 2018?
     
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    I ask the stringer why the outside mains are bowed out and why the crosses are smiling, just to torture him.
     
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  4. ShahofTennis

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    Usually what I'll do is take them off the stringer and throw them into the backseat of my car. They'll sit there until I hit with them.

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  5. toby55555

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    Pat myself on the back, job well done.
     
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  6. apriliano

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    Step on the stringbed like Borg used to do
     
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  7. Sambuccashake

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    This. Very much this.

    But I actually change overgrip too so there's that.
     
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  8. Traffic

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    I take a Racquet Tune measurement right off the stringer. That's my measuring stick in terms of how consistent my stringjob is/was and reference for tension loss as I play.
     
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  9. Prg3k

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    I do the same exact thing.
     
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  10. esgee48

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    I use to make like Gollum and exclaim "My Precious!" I get the eye from the GF, so I don't do it anymore. Hehehe.
     
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  11. Doppelganger

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    lol, I always smell the string bed too. A fresh stringing smells nice, atleast with my setup
     
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  12. Karma Tennis

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    I immediately cut the strings out and restring the racquet myself to be sure I'm getting exactly what "I" want.
     
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  13. ShahofTennis

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    Run out of the shop without paying. If I've already paid at drop-off then I try to knock as much stuff over on my way out.

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  14. USPTARF97

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    Straighten strings, stencil, play ball.
     
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  15. ByeByePoly

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    Nothing like that fresh WD-40 Velocity smell. :p
     
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  16. Mongolmike

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    I usually turn off the music, grab my beverage and the stick of incense if it is still burning, turn off the lights over the stringing machine, and walk upstairs from the basement.

    Oddly enough, I have never smelled the strings after I string them. I will now tho.

    But I guess I do have an "odd" habit after I string a stick... but first I do check the tension with a string meter just to verify, but that isn't really necessary because I'm pretty confident that the tension is what I want... unless something unusual happened like using really slick strings and they might've slipped in the grippers. I'd say if you do enough racquets, especially if they are mainly your own, you have a pretty good idea if you did a consistent job or not.

    I also have an old office chair at the table I string at. I string standing up, but if I'm regripping or adding lead or what ever, the chair is there to use. It is a solid chair with upholstered back and bottom, and my "habit" is that when I am finished with a string job, I always bounce the stringbed off the back of the padded chair (like where your head would rest). I do this about 10-12 times each side of the frame moving the contact point up and down the sweet spot.

    I dunno, I think it settles the strings in a little and possibly shortens the break in time for the strings a little? Maybe so, maybe not, but I bounce the string bed pretty firmly with a loose grip so the racquet rebounds pretty good. I THINK the impact is more than what a normal ball strike would be, so maybe it makes a small difference. I do it with every string job tho.
     
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  17. CosmosMpower

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    Check tension using the string factor I measured before I strung the set, pray that it's close. Put my dampener back on, put my machine/tools back in order.
     
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  18. CosmosMpower

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    Check tension using the string factor I measured before I strung the set, pray that it's close. Put my dampener back on, put my machine/tools back in order.
     
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  19. NickJ

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    Smell them, always smell them. Just like when I get a new pair of tennis/running shoes. Get my nose right in there and take a deep sniff in! Always smell the shoe first . . . .

    And a new can of balls.





    Am I weird?
     
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  20. NickJ

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    Double post, again. C'mon TW sort this out eh!
     
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  21. ByeByePoly

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    incense? Basement farting?
     
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  22. Mongolmike

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    lol... no, well, yeah, sure, occasionally... more I like the smell of incense and it is much easier than having a fireplace and all that entails!

    Plus, once I retire, then I can fully revert to my "good ole days" leisure indulgences without worrying about having to pass a drug test. So I got that going for me...
     
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  23. Tommy Haas

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    Check to see how many knots were used. Stringers don't always follow my instructions for one or two piece.

    Check the fine print on the string to make sure the correct gauge was used and sometimes check for mis-weaves.
     
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  24. Irvin

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    Does natty gut smell? Gut has a stronger smell than any other string made. I can smell it the instant I break open the package.
     
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  25. TennisCJC

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    Of course gut smells. It is made from cow intestines!
     
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  26. apriliano

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    Yummy yummy
     
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  27. Karma Tennis

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    It smells offal.
     
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  28. SteveI

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    Oddly... I just go play...LOL

    Since I string my own and I take my time and try not to make mistakes... I clean up my mess.. turn the TV off and play the frame. Don't need any technology.. ie. apps. to tell me when the strings are ready to be replaced. If you can't tell ... you must suck as a player... :).

    LOL.. I also do not smell the strings... wow.. Yikes!!!
     
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  29. lwto

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    It's alright, we charge extra for that and smile knowingly.
     
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    All's fair in love, war, and pricing.
     
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  31. g4driver

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    Perhaps just find one good stringer.

    You won't need to check again unless your suffering from paranoia and OCD.
     
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