What is wrong with this stringing job?

dolphinsrus

Rookie
My twelve year old son is experimenting with my new gamma x-2. He strung his first racquet, but there are extra holes, which means that he missed something. I am assuming he didn't align the racquet correctly, but I am also a rookie as I just stringed one racquet so far. Can anybody graphically explain what is the problem?
 

v-verb

Hall of Fame
Congrats on his first string job but cut it out ASAP. He's missed some crosses and actually used wrong grommets for some of the crosses. There are other issues but I'll leave it for the experts to chime in

You'll have some very uneven tension of the frame hence my suggestion to cut the strings out.

However stringing is daunting the first time so really he should be commended for trying!
 

dolphinsrus

Rookie
Sorry, but as mentioned I am also inexperienced. Can someone point on the pictures which are the mains that he was supposed to skip and didn't? Thanks so much
 

Chotobaka

Hall of Fame
Well, he showed resourcefulness in getting the racquet strung, no matter what.

I think the best thing you can for a young beginner is to instill the importance of planning the string job and creating the equivalent of a check-list and road map. Verify all of the racquet-specific parameters from the manufacturer or another of the many resources available online. Things like the pattern; recommended tension range; 1 or 2 pieces (or either); length for M's and X's; start at H or T; skipped holes (it doesn't hurt to place a piece of scrap string in each skipped hole when just starting out); tie-offs, etc. Once everything is organized and pre-planned, it is all about being methodical.

If he plans things in advance, I am betting on a perfectly usable string job as the result.
 
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tennytive

Professional
Starting from the middle, count out to the 8th grommet. This one is used for the first cross string and that's why you *skip* it when stringing the mains.

In your photo at the bottom left you can see that the 8th grommet has a main string and the 9th grommet has a cross string. It should be just the opposite.
 
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dolphinsrus

Rookie
My question is if we cut everything out and start from scratch. Which holes should we skip and what do we need to do to do it right this time?
The string was stringed before at the pro shop with the same grommets, so I don't understand why these are not appropriate.
 

Muppet

Legend
It looks to me like the frame was improperly mounted. If it is rotated to its proper alignment next time, you should be able to string the proper holes more easily.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
It looks to me like the frame was improperly mounted. If it is rotated to its proper alignment next time, you should be able to string the proper holes more easily.
You are correct he had the top of the racket off center.
 
Agree with Muppet--frame was mounted wrong to start with. At the top, the holes are 1 hole off center for the mains. This takes all of the holes out of alignment, and means the proper holes aren't skipped, etc. Nothing to do but cut them out. Make sure the racket is centered properly when mounting next time.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Another thing is he could have had the racket mounted correctly and started at the head instead of the throat, and had the forethought to get the strings ran in to keep from overlapping the frame.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
There is one tip I might add for stringing. Strings CANNOT be more dense on the outside than they are in the center of the stringbed. If you look at the top of the frame on the right side the 6th and 7th mains are closer together than the 5th and 6th mains. That's an illegal pattern - RED FLAG - something is wrong.
 

lwto

Hall of Fame
bottom looks ok, skip 8, just messed up on the left side there and like what was said, wasn't centered at the top.

9 mains on the left, 7 on the right.
Poor guy was probably like.. WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

Babolat doesn't always make it clear where the center is.
 

dolphinsrus

Rookie
what do you mean it is an illegal patter? I bought the racquet from a big, authorized dealer and the racquet has been always stringed by professionals (except for the last time that was stringed by my son).
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
what do you mean it is an illegal patter? I bought the racquet from a big, authorized dealer and the racquet has been always stringed by professionals (except for the last time that was stringed by my son).
According to the 2014 ITF rules of tennis, "The stringing pattern must be generally uniform and, in particular, not less dense in the centre than in any other area." That frame strung properly is legal but if playing with in a match the way it is and contested it will be disallowed.

EDIT: Because your son skipped two holes on the left and is more dense on the outside top right it becomes illegal.
 
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Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Leaving string out of the pattern does not make it an illegal pattern. If I take a 16x19 racket and string it with only 10 crosses it may or may not be illegal. It all depends on which strings are left out. If I omit every even numbered cross it is fine. If I omit crosses 5-14 it is illegal.
 
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