LEARN TO STRING YOUR RACQUET! In this video we will show you how to string a tennis racket. Mount the racket on the stringing machine, taking care not to exert any pressure that might warp the frame. Find out how many holes there are on the racket’s bridge and begin at the second to last one. Come back through the centre of the racket to establish the correct stringing direction. Pull the string tight through the head of the racket. If your stringing machine is equipped with two clamps, you can now use one as the starting clamp and tension the first main. Tighten the string as straight as possible. Verify the calibration of the second clamp. Each string must be individually tensioned. To avoid warping the frame, string eight mains on rackets with eight-hole bridges and six mains on rackets with six-hole bridges. The racket we are stringing here has a six-hole bridge. With the first eight mains tensioned, you can now balance things out by stringing the other side of the racket. Remember: each string must be individually tensioned. Knot the final mains on each side of the racket when you string them. To avoid using any pointed tools and causing any problems, and taking into account the racket’s stringing pattern, first thread one, two or three crosses without pulling them tight. After threading through the first two crosses, tie the knot. The knot you see used in this video is a simple double-loop type. Tighten each loop individually using a pair of pliers. Cut the string at an angle to create a bevelled end and trace a finger along the edge of the frame. If your finger touches the string, recut it. In order to keep things evenly balanced, additional tension needs to be used on the first cross. Use less tension for the second through to the last but one. The tension on the crosses will be no more than 1 to 2 kg, depending on the type of string used. This will ensure the strings perform as designed. To speed the stringing process up, always thread two crosses through at a time and tension the first of them. Use an alternating under and over movement to avoid friction burns on the strings, and try to get the strings as accurately aligned as possible when threading them through. Repeat the process until all the crosses have been strung. Always use a blunt tool to manipulate and align your strings when fitting them. As mentioned above, additional tension must be used on the last cross. It forms part of the racket’s square, and all four strings involved need to be at the same tension. Use an additional 2 kg more tension than with the mains. To tie the final knot, first form one loop, then a second, then tighten the first with the help of the pliers. Do the same with the second loop. Release the clamp and check that the knot is properly maintaining the tension of the string, then cut it to form a bevelled end. Do not forget to check that you cannot feel the string with your finger. If you have any questions about this video, please feel free to get in touch. The Artengo team will be delighted to answer them for you! Find more tips and advice on the artengo.co.uk website.