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Old 2008-07-22, 06:02   #1
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Thumbs down Stringing Textured Poly!

I just strung my first racquet using the Luxilon ALU Power Rough 125. I must say, the only thing more maddening than stringing a poly string, is a textured poly. The string doesn't glide, and it is really difficult to tie a nice attractive parnell knot.
I hate this stuff, what's worse, is the guy I strung it for is a pusher and won't even gain the benefits of a poly string.
I am seriously considering charging more for poly, hybrids, and even more if the stringbed contains ANY textured junk.
Sorry for the rant, and if anyone has any words of wisdom to make this painful situation a little less so, please by all means HELP!!!!
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Old 2008-07-22, 14:43   #2
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I did 18 gauge gut mains last night and the freakin' string creases if you even just look at it wrong! And I was being extra careful!!

As for the poly problem, does pre-stretching help at all?
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Old 2008-07-22, 17:13   #3
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Polys should never be pre-stretched (or with extreme care) - this type of string is very sensitive to over-stretching. You might end up with a dead string even before it is in the racquet.

As far as the friction of textured strings during stringing is concerned, I'm afraid we have to live with that. Not pulling the cross strings straight will help reducing the friction.
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Old 2008-07-22, 18:30   #4
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Creasing is the perfect way to describe my experience. I really didn't have a problem with the crosses, other than being a bit slow to weave. The knots were killing me. I would try to do a nice Parnell knot, just to have the string crease, and notch. Maybe I should use some wax when tying knots, I'll have to try that next time.
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Old 2008-07-23, 03:19   #5
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To reduce friction, I like this method of soft weaving one cross ahead:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0FPG...eature=related
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Old 2008-07-24, 22:56   #6
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I string Lux. Big banger original rough16 in a k blade for a junior and it is a pain! The closed string pattern (18x20) is the worst to string any poly on. Loudriver23- To relieve your pain, I too can't stand stringing textured polys. I thought about charging extra for the string job, but I figured it was not good business so I didn't do it.
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Old 2008-07-25, 09:29   #7
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Thanks TF21,
Yeah I decided that charging extra is not good business either, I guess I should look at it like, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it. And I totally agree with you on the 18X20 patterns being a pain. My Microgel Radical MP has that, and it's a hassle for sure. My wife's 16X19 is so much easier/faster.
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As textured poly has become more popular there is no doubt that weaving the crosses has become more difficult. A friend of mine uses Solinco Barb Wire and his fingers are literally bleeding after he strings several racquets in succession. There are a couple of devices available that make weaving the crosses much easier: the StringWeaver (www.StringWeavers.com) and the Stringway MK2 (www.Stringway.com). Check out the videos on the websites to see how they work. I lent my StringWeaver to my friend and he won't give it back! No more bloody fingers.
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