A new tool for weaving crosses

Discussion in 'Badminton Stringing Techniques & Tools' started by StringWeaver, May 13, 2018.

  1. EpicBlue

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    I would say it's like bicycle training wheels. It would be of help in the beginning but will eventually not necessary as one keeps on stringing.
     
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    Perhaps the StringWeaver is analogous to training wheels for a beginner, though with one big difference. Training wheels eventually are removed, but if one learned to string using this tool, it is unlikely they'd want to stop using it because there is no reason to not use it. There are a number of positives but no negatives to using this technology to weave the crosses. It is better for the strings because they are not rubbing against each other when pulling the crosses.There is less chance of mis-weaving. It's easier on the fingers, particularly with stiff or textured strings. And if you are accustomed to using the tool, it's likely you will be faster than without it. Stringers who have been stringing racquets for decades have adopted the StringWeaver because of these advantages. Here is an actual quote from a customer who has since purchased several sets of StringWeavers to share with his friends:

    "I am a MRT of the USRSA (member since 1978)-and have been stringing since that year. Your devices are the best "tools" that I have purchased in over 30 years. They make stringing a breeze. I see that I really do not have to worry about notching (burning) the strings now when I do the crosses. It is making stringing a pleasure to do. Wonderful invention."- MW, New York City

    I've received many other similar testimonials from customers, some of whom were skeptical, but nonetheless curious enough to give it a try.
     
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    I am not convinced it is good in the beginning as well. If you want to learn stringing, you need to learn how to weave efficiently. How would you even learn if you are using a device instead of just doing it again and again like everybody else?
     
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    For tennis stringing, no doubt it can help and be friendly for the fingers, because string is stiffer and less easy to weave.
    In the badminton stringing process, weaving the crosses with the fingers is for me a pleasure, because badminton strings are soft and easy to manipulate, easy to weave, it comes so natural that I cannot imagine using a tool for weaving and losing this great feeling you have when doing it with my fingers. One of the great feeling of stringing a badminton racquet is the contact with the string and weaving the crosses is the best moment for me of the process. The most enjoyable.
     
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    just a clarification, before I performed the experiment, in order to familiarize with the new tool, I strung 5 rackets with the stringweaver as recommended. it was much slower in the beginning with the way the stringweaver spread out the string. after 5 it was as smooth as I can get it.

    I didn't move the weaver, i left it at one end. I tried positioning it closer to the cross string but the bulk of the weaver gets in the way of my hand and fingers.
     
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    yes. i am not a good tennis stringer and the string stiffness and friction really slows me down. I can imagine it is a useful tool for tennis. but for badminton, the string is thinner/softer with less friction and the stringweaver didn't help much.
     
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    There is no reason one can't learn to weave efficiently with a device. Just because weaving has been done one way for a long time by everybody else doesn't mean the process can't be improved by new tools and techniques. Consider the evolution of the stringing machine. Before such machines were developed, stringing was done by hand and the tension was the stringer's best guess. Then came drop weight machines, crank or lockout machines, and now electronic pull machines. Are these all bad because it's not the way things were historically done? With the StringWeaver you are still weaving the crosses, it's just going to be a bit easier with less chance of making a mistake, especially for a beginner.

    Looking at the new badminton strings hitting the market, the trend is towards "textured" strings which are going to create more friction and be more difficult to weave. Also, I suspect it won't be long before polyester strings begin to supplant nylon strings. Frequent string breakers (like Kwun's kids) will drive demand for more durable strings, and polyester is among the most durable. But, as any tennis stringer can attest, polyester strings are a pain to weave, and textured polyester is a nightmare. When stringing with textured polyester, the StringWeaver really shines.
     
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    Have you ever stringed a badminton racquet ? One ? Hundreds ? None ? It doesn't seem you have a lot of practice, when I read your arguments. The big deal when stringing badminton is dealing with holes, not weaving the crosses. And I can only share issues with friction about my fingers when stringing with thin gauge strings, like bg66. The strings do not suffer of friction when weaving the crosses if doing it correctly, but the fingers may suffer when you pull and manipulate thin string.
     
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    I meant that it'll make beginners less suffered. Although stringing is indeed less suffering than riding bicycle in the beginning. :p
     
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    I wasn't really arguing with you :).

    I think most suffering for the beginners is in working out the pattern, fighting shared and blocked holes and learning the knots. Weaving is never a problem and I don't understand the fuzz of trying to help the beginners with it. It is just a technique. Beginners need to learn to do it efficiently and the only way is to actually do it, not avoid doing it...
     
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    Sorry, but I do not see the weaving device as an evolution - it is not, if it does not help an experienced stringer. In my view it only makes beginners dependent on it.. Somewhat it rather reminds me of the Nestle's baby formula scandal in 70th...
     
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    I thought luxilon made a badminton string and it was not very popular. As for textured strings, I recently strung with the Yonex Aerobite boost and that was not a friendly string. A .72 textured main and .61 cross that would be an interesting string for @kwun to try. Maybe if I see Kwun again I can give it a try! Technology is always good to learn about, and may not be for everyone, but sometimes even experienced stringers like to try new things.

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    Great Product.
     

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