What Makes a Good Stringer?
You have seen professional stringers on TV when watching the major tennis tournaments and you read about some of the pros traveling with their own stringer. Who knew there was this much to racquet stringing?
Tennis pros, like many of us, demand consistency. From the shoes to the racquets, we have made decisions that reflect our critical evaluation. We rely on these different elements match after match. Regardless of the techniques or stringing machines, each stringer strings a certain, particular way.
Machines – There are dozens of the machines available to use. They vary depending on the mounting system, i.e. the way the racquet is fastened to the stringing machine. Most are at least a 6 point system, that is, the racquet head is supported at 6 different points while stringing. The other major difference between machines is the method used to tighten the strings; electronic, spring-loaded or drop weight.
A good stringer should be able to reproduce the same job, time after time, or, consistently, regardless of the machine. When switching stringers, it may take a racquet or two to calibrate to your expectations. To restate this, it may take one or two times for you to get what you think is “60 lbs.” vs. what is strung for you.