Where do you misweave?

2nd Serve Ace

Hall of Fame
I've noticed that it's the bottom area of a racket that is most problematic for me.

Obviously it gets crowded down there and maybe I'm rushing to finish.


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First Serve

Rookie
Being a non-professional stringer (hobby, for myself and family) I can potentially misweave a cross string anywhere from the throat to the head of the racquet. Eye sight isnt what it used to be, so I always double check my work visually and by feel after every cross. My routine is saying "up - down....up " under my breathe as I go over each Main/Cross node. This extra validation process adds about 10 seconds to each cross. I am not going to win any racquet speed stringing competitions. I realize if I strung alot of racquets this extra check might get mentally tiring.

That being said, after stringing about 40 racquets and my technique improving ever so slightly, the need to re-do a cross has been at least 10 string jobs ago if not longer. Hope I didnt just jinx myself.
 
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nochuola

Rookie
I check the cross always finishes the opposite to how it started.
Unless you make two mistakes! this is the fastest way to check.
Yep, that technique tricked me. I recently somehow did a triple (double?) misweave, basically the cross string went over 3 consecutive mains. I didn't notice initially because it ended correctly at the last main. Good thing I noticed when I was weaving the next cross and noticed three mains being very lose.
But yes, in general, this is the fastest way to check.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
If you look diagonally at the string bed at a low level mis-weaves stick out like a sore thumb. I’m generally weaving under high strings and over low strings so when I weave 1 ahead there are no waves in the string I’m weaving.
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
Another thing I have noticed is that the next string after a mis-weave just feels weird when you weave it. That is my first clue to check. This occurs because you have 2 over/under next to each other on 2 cross strings next to each other so the weave is overly easy and triggers me to check.

However, you can't beat checking periodically as Irvin indicates and I do that.

I do find if I have an issue it is going to be on the bottom few crosses.
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
The bottom cross.

I no longer tie off without checking it twice. Got burned on a one 16X20 Pure Control Tour one piece. Taking 10 seconds to check saves a redo.
 

Villain

Professional
The bottom cross.

I no longer tie off without checking it twice. Got burned on a one 16X20 Pure Control Tour one piece. Taking 10 seconds to check saves a redo.
Concur. I started the last cross the wrong way once and the weave was the same as the cross above it. I didn’t notice until I cut after tying the knot. I tried to undo the knot with pliers and see if I could re-weave. I got the knot undone but didn’t have enough string to tension so I pulled it as tight as I could and tried to tie the knot. After struggling for awhile I finally gave up because I couldn’t get the knot re-tied. I don’t think I’ll make that mistake again. You live, you learn. :(
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
Concur. I started the last cross the wrong way once and the weave was the same as the cross above it. I didn’t notice until I cut after tying the knot. I tried to undo the knot with pliers and see if I could re-weave. I got the knot undone but didn’t have enough string to tension so I pulled it as tight as I could and tried to tie the knot. After struggling for awhile I finally gave up because I couldn’t get the knot re-tied. I don’t think I’ll make that mistake again. You live, you learn. :(
I tried that too. If if were my own frame it would have become an 16X19 Pure Control, instead of a 16x20. [emoji28]
 

stapletonj

Hall of Fame
once in a blue moon, top few crosses due to the extra main coming into play on the second or even third cross.

bottom one or two, due to same issue plus crowding.

benefit of being a family man, wife or dau. love to come in and "check my weave" before I tie off.
of course they are delighted to catch a misweave, esp dau., cause calling parents out on mistakes is what your children live for.
also especially if you just crushed them in the family pandemic Uno game.
 
Bottom cross for me as well. And even though throughout the job I am noting that I am ending opposite my start, over-under-wise, I still squat down 2-3 times to make sure stupidity hasn't crept in somewhere.

I think once or twice, in a one-piece where I've done the top cross with the short side, I have gone over the first two mains on the 2nd cross. I catch it on the 3rd then.
 

shadow01

Semi-Pro
Concur. I started the last cross the wrong way once and the weave was the same as the cross above it. I didn’t notice until I cut after tying the knot. I tried to undo the knot with pliers and see if I could re-weave. I got the knot undone but didn’t have enough string to tension so I pulled it as tight as I could and tried to tie the knot. After struggling for awhile I finally gave up because I couldn’t get the knot re-tied. I don’t think I’ll make that mistake again. You live, you learn. :(
Ha - just did this on my last cross in my current racquet. Went under the middle 3 strings (i was for sure rushing and had a lot of distractions at the time). Also tried to untie the knot but was too tough to do without risk breaking it. So I decided to just play with it and see what happens - for me & my rec style play, very little difference in playability - keeping it until my normal restring schedule.
 

SeeItHitIt

Professional
I’ve been known to misweave the mains, especially with expensive gut, and don’t notice until tied off and trimmed close....
 

Wes

Professional
I’ve been known to misweave the mains, especially with expensive gut, and don’t notice until tied off and trimmed close....
It's pretty difficult to misweave the mains... considering (99% of the time) there aren't yet any crosses in the racquet!
You weave the crosses.
For the most part, you lace the mains.
 

jim e

Legend
It's pretty difficult to misweave the mains... considering (99% of the time) there aren't yet any crosses in the racquet!
You weave the crosses.
For the most part, you lace the mains.
He could possibly misweave mains with an ATW pattern . Also with any box pattern. Anything is possible with some stringers.
 
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g4driver

Hall of Fame
It's pretty difficult to misweave the mains... considering (99% of the time) there aren't yet any crosses in the racquet!
You weave the crosses.
For the most part, you lace the mains.
I mislaced the mains on Head TiS6 once. [emoji853]

I cured that with phone call to the friend /owner and permission to use a silver metallic sharpie to mark the top two and bottom two cross grommets since Head didn't consider that frame is an abomination and didn't mark its tie offs in 1996.

So much more simple when the cross grommets are a nice matching silver color on a frame with heavy road rash. [emoji2]
 

AceyMan

Semi-Pro
Bottom crosses, if at all. Too easy to notice elsewhere.

But yes, i've done it many times in the past.

Now i string slow, so i notice.
My mantra with crosses is this—

Match with the string one over.

Done.

It's further from your fingers and the near clamp so it's actually easier to see (literally) and you are looking at "does it match" instead of "is it opposite?" Waaay easier cognitively.

Works for me.

/Acey

Plus I do most of the other stuff that's been mentioned, as well.
 
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