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11-18-2011, 11:42 PM #1
String Badminton Racket
We have to string our racket with two knot or four knot?? what is the different between the two knot and four knot??
11-19-2011, 10:43 PM #2
Please do a search, as this topic has been brought up numerous times.
Mostly, both methods have lil difference regarding playability. However, you need to check your racket's user guide to follow the recommended string pattern, to keep warranty. For Yonex, it's usually 4 knots.
11-20-2011, 01:45 AM #3
thanks, will 4 knot make racket broke easily?
11-20-2011, 06:41 AM #4
It is actually the 2 knot method which makes the racquet less stable and easer to break. Who gave you that misinformation anyway?
In fact as far as I know, more than 90% of racquet stringers in Malaysia string using the 2 know method. You know what that means. What a pity
Be afraid, be very afraid of your stringer (if he does 2 knots and confuses you into thinking that his method is the better one)
11-20-2011, 07:03 AM #5
11-20-2011, 07:24 AM #6
I once went to a stringer in South East Asia and he told me that the Yonex method in the catalogue is "a waste of time and is no better than [his] method (the traditional one I mentioned)" 0.o
(I personally am an amateur stringer now, and have done my racquets up to 33, 34lbs with the Yonex method you mentioned, showing you how scientifically-proven safe the method is plus how strong badminton racquets actually are)
11-20-2011, 07:34 AM #7
As for the 2 knot vs 4 knot tension maintenance fact, the 2 knot is really one piece of long string woven throughout the whole racquet frame (therefore 2 knots, 1 to start and 1 to end) compared to the 4 knot which is 2 pieces of shorter strings, 1 woven through the vertical mains and the other through the horizontal crosses.
Basic scientific principal will tell you that the two shorter strings will have lower stretchability, meaning that they will maintain the tension that they are pulled at, by not being able to stretch as much compared to the one piece of long string (as in the 2 knot method). Thus the 4 knot method will maintain any tension longer.
If you have 2 rubber bands one short and one long which one can you stretch more, proportionally?
11-20-2011, 07:46 AM #8
Thanks for yr information, i just know there is the bug different between 2 knot and 4 knot....will 4 knot protect other brand racket also? Such as apacs, proace and etc
11-20-2011, 07:54 AM #9
The 4 knot method can be used with any racquet, just as the 2 knot can be also.
11-20-2011, 12:08 PM #10
You forgot to mention that 4 knots also loses more tension because the first stretch on each knot is very low whereas in 2 knots, only the last pull is loose.
11-20-2011, 05:18 PM #11
Honestly, this is how you do a proper 4 knot pattern:
1. You start pulling on the centre two main strings then go alternatively left/right until you reach the sides and tie off on each side. To counter tension lost simply add 2lbs more to the last pull. (NO stretching on EACH tie off knot, as you suggested)
2. You start the mains by tying a starting knot then stretch on that knot then finish with another tie off knot (adding the same 2lbs more). (Again, EXACTLY THE SAME as a 2 knot method where you only stretch on ONE starting knot)
Understand the 4 knot method now? So where can the more tension lose its way in the 4 knot compared to the 2 knot (with your suggestion of more loose knots out of the question)?
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11-21-2011, 05:43 PM #12
11-21-2011, 06:09 PM #13
When doing the 4 knot (2-piece), the ends of the mains will always be loose, it doesnt matter if you compensate and add the extra 2 lbs but it will lessen the affect of lost tension but not compensate fully (been said in another post). I'm just stating the fact that the ends of the knot will be looser than the other ones because of the manual knotting. Furthermore, the last knot, which should be the last knot of the cross, will also be loose due to manual knotting, whereas in 2 knots (1 piece) stringing, only the last knot has a manual knot which will lose tension. In conclusion, 4 knot (2 piece stringing) has 3 manual knots and 2 knot (1 piece stringing) has only one.
As for the racquet breaking due to extra stress on one side of the racquet from the 2 knot (1-piece) stringing, you are right but as long as you string under 24lbs, it is a very RARE occasion that a racquet would break. It should NOT warrant a red flag if a stringer does this. I've seen many international players and stringers that prefer this style. Don't listen to this Blitzzards guy, he doesnt know what he's talking about especially with him pulling out random statistics and over exaggerating everything.
11-21-2011, 06:33 PM #14
Secondly when you say that there is only one ending knot on a 2 piece job, it ia very obvious to me now that you actually start your stringing from one side of the empty racquet to the other then transition to the cross strings. That, is one of the least advisable things to do as when you tension from side to side you are putting a lot of stress on one side compared to starting from the centre then going to the sides of the mains (where you insist that there are ending knots at the side which makes the string job loose). Please read up on Physics and the discussions in the forum regarding this before you teach the newbies the shortcut method which a lot of the good stringers and I have been advising people to avoid.
Thirdly even though I am an amateur stringer myself I have been stringing at tensions of 31 to 34lbs with the 4 knot method I talked about and I have not once met trouble with "racquet trouble" compared to those who use the shortcut method you insist on being better. In fact the stringers around where I live all use your method and they have been breaking racquets at 28lbs, which has led to people believing the "curse of the 30lbs string job" which is totally scientifically untrue.
I know and have read that you personally have trouble with trying to get your stringjobs to maintain tension at the tie off but have you tried looking at the way you tie your end knots?
11-21-2011, 06:37 PM #15
11-21-2011, 08:31 PM #16
- your first fault here is that you ASSUME that i do one-piece stringing, not once did I state that I do it. i'm merely stating a fact that there is more tension loss on a 4 knot than a 2 knot (which you agreed on in your "First of all... " post. i don't care if it's 0.5-2lbs loss, it is tension loss regardless.
- learn about 1 piece stringing before you argue, you again, ASSUME that I'm doing it one way when there are many ways to do it
- and stop over exaggerating everything and coming up with your own statistics, it's not credible especially with the untruthful facts that you spit out. you can't just say that 4 knot stringing is better than 2 knot stringing based on your experience WITHOUT providing any facts or credible statistics. another forum poster can say that 4 knot stringing jobs break racquest more than 2 knot then who are you going to believe?
- then you lie about how i think that 1 piece stringing is a shortcut method i insist on is being better? where in my posts did i ever say that?
- then you go again making up facts that you think stringers in your area break racquets more with 1 piece racquets, how do you know that it's just from the string job? do you know for a fact that there were no cracks? do you know for a fact that all the players are not framing the racquet or clashing it with their partners creating micro tears?
"I know and have read that you personally have trouble with trying to get your stringjobs to maintain tension at the tie off but have you tried looking at the way you tie your end knots?"
- clearly you DON'T know how to read, take some classes and come back and re-read it, then maybe you wont look so dumb
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11-21-2011, 11:15 PM #17
Naturally, you can ALWAYS COMPENSATE for the immediate tension loss by adding more tension before you tie off. You can of course add more tension to compensate for the stretching in the 2 knot job but that will take a while and not to mention luck in waiting before you can get your actual desired tension.
But seriously, for me to explain to you how much I know about the 2 knot pattern is a total waste of time as you do not seem to have common sense in this matter. And for you to say that the 2 knot method has only one tie off knot (you call it manual knot) naturally points to your knowledge of starting the 2 knot pattern from one side of the racquet (thus now already having one starting knot which can be pulled and tightened on the other end and thus "no longer manual" in your dictionary) and then ending with the tie off knot at the end.
But do you know that you can also do the 2 knot method with 2 "manual knots"?
Like I have said before, there is a reason why Yonex recommends the 4 knot method and voids the warranty of the racquet even if it is strung within their warranted tension once the stringer does the 2 knot job on the racquet.
It is only in my personal experience that the 4 knot string job is much more stable compared to he 2 knot job. If you think that is a "better" argument then suit yourself.
I don't think you read what I wrote properly.
But of course should I be convincing you at this point? I believe the next thing you will be arguing is that you are a professional stringer compared to a measly amateur like me or that you are the Prime Minister of Canada.
[You all see it now how much has this fellow is straying from the arguments?]
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