Tennis racquets are designed for performing intense tasks in the court no matter what the weather all the speed of the ball travelling is. The strings are the core part of our tennis racquets; it not only improves your game but also makes the life of your racquets long. It is necessary to restring your racquet twice a year.
Step by step easy guide:
Here is step to step an easy guide that will help you in learning how to string a tennis racquet.
1. Preparing the racquet:
For preparing the racquet you should always choose a suitable stringing machine. In different tennis courts there is a stringing machine mounted that will charge you 25 to 50 Dollars where as these machines themselves cost more than $200.
If you are a regular player than buying stringing machines will cost you less because you will need to restring your racquet often but if you are not a regular player then getting the string mounted from the machines is fine.
2. Measuring the string:
You can start by cutting the string from 35-40 ft. For a 90 square feet Racquet you will need almost 38 ft string to complete the job. It’s better to work with a large string than to work with too many small pieces.
If you are stringing up the racquet very first time then you can use the extra string for tying up the knots.
3. Preparing the Stringing:
You need to use a sharp knife and start cutting the broken and old strings. You can start the strings that is in the middle of the racquet and can start cutting towards the outside.
4. Mounting the racquet:
For each mounting machine the process of mounting is slightly different. You need to secure the neck and the head of the racquet in the mounting brackets and then press down gently on the clamps for securing it firmly. You need to adjust the tension accordingly.
Always remember the six point mounting machines distribute the tension evenly but no matter what type of machine you are using make sure that the clamps are completely secure on the racquet. It should be tight enough to avoid the shake but it should not be that tight so that it wraps the frame.
5. Selecting the stringing pattern:
There are two ways for stringing the racquet one is by using one piece of string for both vertical and horizontal and other is using separate piece for each. Some players consider using one type of string because they think that it increases the life of the racquet where as others use any two types of strings are more desirable.
6. Pulling the string:
It is technical but easy step. You need to run the main string parallel to the long axis. Insert the string in the head then thread it down in the hole and then back to the head.
You need to then secure the end into the grip and move the rod into horizontal position. You might need to adjust the length of the string and you can do it by tightening the string and by twisting rod according to your specifications.
7. Knotting the strings:
As soon as you are done with all the main strings you need to release the tension and then tie the end to the string securely. You can use needle nose pliers if required. You need to cut off the excess string.
8. Stringing the crosses:
If you are using two different strings then you need to tie the crossing string to the main string and you have to set it back to the nearest edge of the rim.
Avoid any type of rubbing of the crossing strings. If rubbed again and again decrease the life of the main string and the racquet.
9. Knotting the cross strings:
You need to tie the last crossing string to the main string securely by threading it back through the main grommet. You can use needle nose pliers. Then you need to release the tension, cut off the string that is excess, and remove the racquet from the mount.
Stringing and restringing of your favorite racquet can be a tiresome job because you don’t want to damage the long life of your racquet. Many people try to find the way of how to string a tennis racquet but they still are not able to understand. This blog will help the beginners in stringing their racquets.