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    Just 'split' your string in 2 equal parts and start on the 5th mains down up. crossing the middle and completing the one side. The other 1/2 will do the 6th to 11th mains + the crosses. Very simple really. In fact pity we do not get large reels or we could have done it in under 9m of string.

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    I am a new stringer and as i am a badminton player most of the rackets I have strung have been badminton rackets -approx 15 in all. The advice given is great but the place I lose the most time is when threading a string through a grommet already occupied by another string. I was worried about using an awl just as others here have suggested as it may damage the string that is in the grommet, not to mention the grommet itself and even the racket frame. I recently purchased a string mover just like the one another contributor has shown on here. However I have still found that I am very cautious as to how much pressure I apply as I worry about causing damage. I am impressed by those that can string a racket from start to finish in 30 minutes or so as it still takes me about an hour (as I say I am new to it). As far as the fastest possible time? Well when I was on the stringing course there was a guy there who was invited to visit the Chinese national team's stringing room at an international tournament. Apparently the Chinese stringers are almost as competetive as the players! Their top stringer strung a racket against a stopwatch and was clocked at just 7 minutes for the entire process!! It sounds impossible to someone like me who can only manage an hour, after 7 minutes I am lucky if I have got the first few mains done!!

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    You do need to be careful when using a string mover - doing this puts more tension on the string, but if you move it only enough to get the string through, then it should be ok.

    Another way, if you have good eyes is to look through the grommet to see where the existing string is sitting - you should see that either top or bottom has a slightly larger opening. I cut the end of the string at an angle, to create a point then push it through the grommet in the direction of the larger opening. It should go through - but there is another technique I use. Push the pointed string into the grommet until it stops - don't push too hard to bend the string. Use a pair of long nose pliers, grip the string about 1 mm from the grommet then push in the string with the pliers - it should go in, then regrip the string 1 mm out and do this again. The string is quite stiff over a small length and it will push through the grommet, unless the string is bent - then it won't push. This technique means that you don't stress the existing string using the string mover - but I find it easier to use the string mover unless I have a very acute angle on the string, i.e. the outer mains.

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    usually stringer will pull the string start from the middle of the main right?

    what if the start from left to right? will it affect the frame? one of my racket strung this way, and the frame looks bended on one side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LightSaber View Post
    usually stringer will pull the string start from the middle of the main right?

    what if the start from left to right? will it affect the frame? one of my racket strung this way, and the frame looks bended on one side.
    I think most stringers will string the mains from the middle and go outwards. To balance the frame properly just do one or two string on each side at a time. I haven't heard of anyone starting the mains from the left and then continuing to the other side - this would likely pull the frame out of shape.

    I always start from the middle, clamp left string then tension and clamp the right string, thread the right again and tension and clamp, then go back to the left - tension and clamp, thread, tension and clamp, then go to the right - this way I am doing 2 strings on 1 side at a time. I use fixed clamps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LightSaber View Post
    usually stringer will pull the string start from the middle of the main right?

    what if the start from left to right? will it affect the frame? one of my racket strung this way, and the frame looks bended on one side.
    Might b impractical to string from one side thru the middle to the other side.
    If u string at high tension u may even BREAK the frame.

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