To String or Not to String Part 2: Whats Next?

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So you finally decided to take the plunge and purchase your first stringer. It finally comes and is assembled sitting in your living room…now what? Learning how to string, what tools to buy, which strings to purchase, should your first attempt be with an old racquet or your best one? These are the important questions to answer after you make the decision to get your first stringer.

The first and most important thing is to learn the proper way to string. The best way is to find a friend or someone you know who has experience stringing and would be willing to take the time to walk you through the first couple racquets. If you cannot find a friend, find a stringer that would be willing to show you for a small fee, so that you at least have strung one racquet with assistance before venturing out on your own.

The most important thing when first learning to string is to use racquets and strings that you do not care about. The reason for this is when first learning there may be many mistakes made and with old equipment and cheap strings you will not be concerned if a string snaps or a racquet is damaged.

For example the very first racquet I strung by myself took me over three hours and I had to pull the strings out and restart over ten times before I finally got it right, it now takes me less than 20 minutes on average to string a racquet.

The next best way to get started is our friend Google. You can find detailed videos of what you are looking for with a couple searches and you will also find message boards and websites that detail the proper stringing steps.

Once you have an idea of what is going on it is time to get your tools and strings. Tools are very important, inevitably when learning how to string you will find yourself in a situation that you need an awl, bent nose pliers, or starting clamp. Of course you are now asking me what the heck is a starting clamp. There are a couple tools that are essential to stringing and a couple others that I would highly recommend.

Essential:

  • Needle nose pliers
    • Help you fit the string into tight places and grab where your fingers cannot reach.
  • Scissors or string bed cutter
    • Allow you to remove the broken strings as quickly and easily as possible.
  • Diagonal cutters/pliers
    • Cleans up the finished product; cutting loose strings flush with the frame, and allow you to cut sharp angles in string tips for better maneuverability.
  • Straight awl
    • Opens holes and allow strings to fit past shared and blocked holes.

Recommended:

  • Starting clamp
    • Will allow you to start the first string easier and hold the final string if the length is close.
  • Tension calibrator
    • Will ensure that your stringer is running accurately.
  • Stencils and ink
    • Provides professionalism and finishing touches to the product.

The final thing you need to do is purchase some string. Purchase in two different categories. Practice string and playing strings.

You need some string to practice with that you do not care if you break. Buy some cheap nylon string like Forten Nylon $17 for a reel of 660 ft at www.thetennisdepot.com. This will allow you to learn how to string without spending excessively on strings while learning.

Playing string will be when you are ready to string for real. Get whatever string you normally use and remember, now that you do not have to pay someone else to string it try some new setups you may find your new favorite string. Also if you have not used it before try blending two strings, harder string in the mains softer in the crosses for power and durability with a soft feel or two different soft strings for the ultimate comfort. I will discuss strings, in more detail, growing your business, and more in my upcoming blogs.

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One Response to “To String or Not to String Part 2: Whats Next?”

  1. forrestwife Says:

    very clear and informative
    thanks Ray

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