Lets String a Racquet

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Stringing a tennis racquet is not all that hard. It is relatively easy, and can be memorized after stringing a two or three times. First off, you will need a stringing machine which typically looks like….

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Some machines are slightly different than others, but for easy explanation, I will be using mine as an example.

There are a few steps you will need to take before stringing a racquet. First, you will need to change the tension on the machine to match your preferred settings. There is a tension gauge on the side of the puller. They usually look like…IMG_0076In this case, I have it set at 63 pounds. A little bit high for some control, but adds more stress on your arm. Place your racquet on the machine, make sure it is centered as so, and count the necessary string needed for half of the mains.  You can locate the mains here….IMG_0086

Please note, there are holes that you need to skip while stringing the mains.

Please note, there are holes that you need to skip while stringing the mains.


You can count the strings by using the yellow markers on the machine. From one to the other is one main or cross. In this case, we count up to 8 mains, however we will do 9 to be safe. Next, you take that 9 main length string and put it through the center hole(either side is fine with this racquet), starting on the top or bottom varies with each racquet. IMG_0098Take both strings and use the string puller to tighten the string. After the locking takes place, use the clamps to keep the strings in place so you can release the puller(*clamp the strings at the end holes where the strings go out). To release the puller, hold the lever and push the node or lock back in all the way.

After tightening, black small lever pops out on the puller next to the pulling lever.

After tightening, black small lever pops out on the puller next to the pulling lever.

After you have done this, you repeat the steps till the last main. After tightening the last main, you push the string into the closest big hole, and tie a knot around the string occupying that hole. Use the puller and slowly pull the lever back till it locks, and several times again to ensure tightness. You may also do a double knot if you want to ensure the string does not come loose.

Regular knot around string in the big hole.

Regular knot around string in the big hole.

You have finished one side of the mains, now we have to do the other side. However we are not going to tie after the mains are done. you will place the string through the first hole you skipped…

First skipped hole

First skipped hole

Then weave the string through the mains. Tighten and clamp it sideways. Next cross should be weaved as well, but opposite of the previous cross.

Alternating strings

Alternating strings

Continue this till the end, and tie the knot off at the big hole. CONGRATS, YOU FINISHED YOUR HARD WORK.IMG_0120

 

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