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Rackets keep on breaking!!

Discussion in 'Badminton Stringing Techniques & Tools' started by bdmtfreak, Jul 4, 2014.

  1. bdmtfreak

    bdmtfreak Regular Member

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    So heres my story, I started stringing rackets last year and everything was going smoothly until a few months ago where I frequently break rackets during a stringing job. They all break at the 4/8 o clock area when I get to the bottom half of the cross.

    I make sure that the supports are snug (not tight) when setting the racket up and I tighten them when they get loose during the cross. What is going on here!?!?!?

    p.s. Some rackets are older so I understand that they may have existing damage but I broke a brand new racket the other day so I have no idea what is going on.
     
  2. kwun

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    take a picture of how you mount a racket and post here. likely the 4/8 supports are too high.

    or you can switch to bottoms up cross.
     
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    All things being equal, bottom up methods seems like a safer bet than top down.
     
  4. bdmtfreak

    bdmtfreak Regular Member

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    Sometimes the racket heads are a different size/shape so I have to adjust the 6/12 o clock supports so that the other supports do not block any holes. When I do this, would I have to reposition the other 4 supports since they would either shift up or down a racket?
     
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    depends where they start off with. that's why i asked for a photo of how you mount your racket.
     
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    bdmtfreak Regular Member

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    Okay, I will do it when I get home. Can't seem to upload a photo using my phone.
     
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    What pattern are you using? if you are using the Gosen 2012 pattern, it is no surprise that it breaks at 4/8 o'clock if the racket isn't strong enough to start with, so, how you mount the racket matters!!! Bottom up patterns are always safer than upside down, I just don't like it that way!
     
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    here are the pictures.
     
  9. Mark A

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    If you are going top-down, the supports could be lower on the racket - your 4/8 supports could come in between B12 and B10, and your upper supports could move down a few holes.
     
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    no load spreaders and racquet on bare metal at 12 and 6?
     
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    Something has changed. Are the tensions bein strung now higher now than previously?

    If not, has the crank been altered and needs recalibrating?
     
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    What kind of pattern are u using? What kind of tension are u stringing the racket? If you do top-down method, 4/8 o'clock is going to be your racket's weak points. TBSSA recently has a discussion and research about this issue. Below are facts they found:

    1. Bottom-up method is safer than Top-down method
    2. If you'd like to mount your racket the way shown from your pictures and prefer the feeling of top-down method, they recommend patterns which has a protection cross string strung at B12-D12 before stringing crosses in sweat spot area. Some possible patterns are FA or Spider patterns that I posted earlier in this forum.

    If you're OK to move side supports, you can go with what Mark A suggested and keep using the same pattern you're using today. Otherwise, consider changing to another pattern.
     
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    Holy moly... I thought those white Superman symbols were the loadspreaders!

    That needs correcting immediately
     
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    I'm sure a similar set up cracked my 8dx at 12 o'clock.
     
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    I had an AT800Off die of high-noon-disease about five years ago... before I started with the load spreader.

    The thought of doing a racket without one now... it's like skydiving without a parachute.
     
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    It was that incident that convinced me to string myself.
     
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    Mine getting lost in the post was what did it for me:D.
     
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    You lightweights, I ticked ALL the boxes in the thread on reasons to string for yourself.

    Aren't those lower supports in the wrong holes? That probably helped break my first attempt at stringing.
     
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    IME the supports need to be biased in the direction that the crosses will go.
     
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    I'm still learning then :) thanks.

    Good luck to the OP, keep us posted.
     

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