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Old 2012-05-15, 17:52   #1
50_fortylove
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Default Strings break at top of Prince O3 Speedport Black

Hi,
I've noticed that after stringing these racquets, the strings have a tendency to fray and break near the top of the frame because there is no protection from scraping the frame against the court, etc (which scraps the strings too).

What is the best protection against this? Besides, using headguard tape, is there a preferred method. Do the string inserts that they sell protect against this? Using plastic tubing?

Thanks.
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Old 2012-05-16, 04:53   #2
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I use a little tape to protect the area at 1 and 11 . With multis I also tube at the top if players are hitting shots high.
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Old 2012-05-24, 23:01   #3
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Just another example of poor Prince engineering. I had this complaint in my shop this week for that frame. We replaced the bumper to temporarily appease the customer.

I've seen the pros ask for tubing at the top. It's a pain to get it perfectly even all the way across (aesthetically pleasing, but not necessary for protection)
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Old 2012-05-25, 17:40   #4
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I feel that the ports at 12 and 6 do not effect the play and feel as the 3 to 9 axis does. I only recommend the hybrid with ports along the 3 to 9.
I have used this tech since it was release, and while there are points I don't like with the design of the bumper from 10 to 2 o'clock, I know players wit"modern" strokes do seem to hit high in the string face and break early. I don't have trouble with the Prince players over the beauty of the tubing. Generally they are just happy to have the problem addressed.
Perhaps the new owners will refine the upper hoop. One can hope.
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Old 2015-07-03, 15:58   #5
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Long shot here ( looking at the dates ) and forgive the interruption of the thread. I'm a newbie at stringing and have been doing good so far. I have a o3 black (without strings) Any chance of you guys can tell me "exactly" where to start to string this racquet .. I noticed it has a short side, and then the starting knot hole on the side and the tie off hole etc etc ... Is this a method A stringing for the racquet? ... I've read it begins through the throat then wrapped around the head so on and so on ... Traditionally racquets are strung middle out working on the left and then right etc etc ?? Any help would be appreciated !
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Old 2015-07-07, 04:09   #6
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Long shot here ( looking at the dates ) and forgive the interruption of the thread. I'm a newbie at stringing and have been doing good so far. I have a o3 black (without strings) Any chance of you guys can tell me "exactly" where to start to string this racquet .. I noticed it has a short side, and then the starting knot hole on the side and the tie off hole etc etc ... Is this a method A stringing for the racquet? ... I've read it begins through the throat then wrapped around the head so on and so on ... Traditionally racquets are strung middle out working on the left and then right etc etc ?? Any help would be appreciated !
The center loop is at the HEAD. If you're doing a 1piece, then make sure you notice the short side. The last mains will end at the HEAD, tie off the short side and begin the 1st cross with the long side. It's straight forward.

If you're stringing 2piece method (hybrid), then tie off the last mains at the HEAD, look for the "start cross" hole. This is the tie off hole for the cross.

IIRC... short side is on the LEFT (with the "P" up on the buttcap). Therefore, the "START CROSS" is on the right.

Good luck. Once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy.
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Old 2015-07-13, 14:57   #7
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Hi,
I've noticed that after stringing these racquets, the strings have a tendency to fray and break near the top of the frame because there is no protection from scraping the frame against the court, etc (which scraps the strings too).

What is the best protection against this? Besides, using headguard tape, is there a preferred method. Do the string inserts that they sell protect against this? Using plastic tubing?

Thanks.
When starting the mains, I use a starting clamp inside the frame at the top to prevent the string from chafing when pulled. Seems to work.
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Old 2015-07-15, 06:12   #8
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If the Frame's ports are rough, then tubing is the only option, the inserts are for the sides. While thin, the bumpers have provided court protection when not worn down. This is based on playing and servicing the port frames since their release.
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