Tubed Anchor String for Bottom Cross

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
A buddy dropped off a racquet to restring and I noticed that the previous stringer had tubed the anchor string for the bottom cross and then brought the bottom cross into the grommet outside the tubing and tied off. This was done as the the grommet had been enlarged by overuse. This is an old Prince Premier racquet and I do not think grommets are available.

What do you think of this technique?

Should I just follow along or should I remove the tubing and use a piece of string inside the knot to prevent it from being pulled into the grommet?
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
I would not tube an anchor grommet. I’d replace the grommet with an individual grommet if replacements could not be found.
 

tennytive

Professional
jim, how are you able to fit two strings through the tubing? I attempted this years back with 15L in an old Prince Response but gave up as I couldn't get the second string through the tie off hole.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
jim, how are you able to fit two strings through the tubing? I attempted this years back with 15L in an old Prince Response but gave up as I couldn't get the second string through the tie off hole.
The tubing in post number one was only on the anchor string. The string being tied off was only going tbrought the grommet (outside the tubing) to be tied off. Depending on the tubing materials and thickness I can understand how this could be done but I would not do it.
 

jim e

Legend
jim, how are you able to fit two strings through the tubing? I attempted this years back with 15L in an old Prince Response but gave up as I couldn't get the second string through the tie off hole.
Tie off grommets are rather large to begin with, especially well used ones.
Use Teflon tubing and stretch it out thin and there is plenty of room, as only the anchor string is tubed.
 

Humbi_HTX

Rookie
I use Heat Shrink tubbing in different gages depending on the situation because some rec players are not interested in replacing grommets. Some don't care and others the grommet set is not available locally. Replacing grommets can be very cumbersome and frustrating depending on the frame, using little sleeves on the grommet hole works just fine as a diy solution. You can buy kits in assorted sizes on hardware stores or electronic parts stores.
 

struggle

Legend
The key for me here is (kinda nitpicky but detail oriented) leave enough tubing
to tie off around, BUT also little enough to not contact the next up cross string.

If that makes sense, cheers.

Amen!
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
Is there a photo or video of this thing? If I am asking for too much , please ignore.
I wish I did but it is back in the hands of the guy who gave it to me. It was nothing really unique in that it was just a tubed string.

I am not as experienced as a lot of the guys here so I just wanted to get their thoughts on how legit it is to tube an anchor string and then run the tie-off outside the tube and tie off. In addition to see if there is a better way to deal with a tie-off grommet that has been through a beating.

I also didn't want to just give my buddy a bad string job just because I didn't know better and repeat a mistake the previous guy did.

It turns out from the responses that it appears to be an ok way to deal with this situation so I learned something new and hopefully others did too!
 
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