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Old 2017-09-22, 00:25   #4
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A cross stringing tool is an accessory which makes it easier to weave the crosses after the main strings have been strung. It works by creating a vertical gap between alternate mains to allow easier passage of the cross string. As stated by LoneStarStringing, such tools are particularly useful for those who have difficulty or are slow weaving the crosses and for frequent stringers who are tired of getting blisters and sore fingers. The rise in popularity of stiff polyester and textured strings has made weaving the crosses more difficult, so I believe cross stringing tools will become more commonly used.

There are two cross stringing tools on the market now, the Stringway MK2 cited by W99, and the recently introduced StringWeaver ( I've tried both and found them to be durable quality tools, each with its advantages and disadvantages.
The MK2 has been around for many years but appears not to have been widely adopted. Its main advantage is that after the device has been assembled on the mains, you can push the cross string into a tunnel on one side and it will come out the other side neatly woven. A disadvantage is that after weaving each cross you must disengage the top half of the MK2, shift it over, and reengage it before doing the next cross. Strings with a lot of coil memory tend to get stuck in the tunnel. Also, since you are no longer weaving the strings yourself, the MK2 does nothing to help you improve your technique. This is a disadvantage since you will encounter racquets for which the cross stringing tools will not fit. The MK2 is a bit thick, so it becomes difficult to use on the last few crosses. You will either have to remove it and turn it around or remove it and string the last crosses without the tool.

The StringWeaver is thinner than the MK2 and costs half as much. It comes fully assembled and mounts on the main strings in a few seconds. Once the mains are engaged you do not have to remove the device until all the crosses have been strung. After doing each cross you only have to flip a lever to be ready to weave the next cross. You still have to weave the strings, but it is much easier than without a tool. For both devices there is far less damage to the outer surface of the string because friction between the mains and crosses is greatly reduced when pulling the crosses.

I think you should give cross stringing tools a try. They'll save your strings, your fingers, and for most people they'll save time.
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