How To String a Tennis Racquet
What you need:
- A stringing machine
- Wire cutter
A tennis racquet without strings is like McEnroe without his attitude or Andy Murray without his OBE. It just doesn’t make sense. If you play tennis, recreationally or professionally you’ll know strings can break often, which means regular trips to the shop to have the strings replaced. It works out to be costly, and an inconvenience, which is why we’ve decided to do a step-by-step guide to show you how to string a tennis racquet.
Learning to string your own racquet will save you time, money and the frustration of waiting for it to be done. In the beginning, however, doing it yourself might seem time-consuming, buying the stringing machine will feel like an unnecessary expense and the first few times is going to prove to be very frustrating.
As far as the cost of a stringing machine goes you can find a few models at good prices, and if you work out how much you spend on getting it fixed elsewhere in relation to the price of your own stringing machine, you’ll see you’re saving money in the long run. With regards to the frustration and it being time-consuming: well, that’ll soon be a thing of the past because once you get the hang of it, you will be able to do it yourself in about 30 minutes.
There are a few people who say you can string it by hand, as in without the machine. However, after speaking to a few professsionals, they recommend you don’t. The stringing machine is what gets the tension right.
How to String a Tennis Racquet – 15 Easy Steps
- Remove the old strings from your racquet by cutting them. Attach the racquet to the stringing machine, making sure it’s secure. Different models have different mechanisms to secure your racquet so check how yours works.
- The part on the bottom left of your racquet is where you set the tension. You want to set it between 52 and 65 lbs.
- Take the new string out of its packaging and cut two equal lengths. This part is a little finicky because it’s long and curly.
- Start by stringing the mains first. These are the strings that run from the handle to the top of the racquet. We suggest you start at the middle, by the handle.
- Take one piece of the string and put each end through one of the two holes in the middle of the racquet, and then through the holes that correspond at the top. When you pull both ends of string all the way through make sure they’re equal in length.
- Now clamp the string near the handle. Put the string in the top part and crank it until you hear a click. Put the other clamp at the top and make sure you don’t lose any of the tension.
- Once you’ve done this, release the spring and take the string out of the crank. Carry on feeding the string through the holes, making sure it’s in one direction. While applying tension with the crank move the clamp behind it, keeping the string tight.
- When you reach the end find the hole that’s big enough for the string to be fed through twice. Thread it through and tie a knot. Tie a second knot and cut off the extra string.
- When you’ve tied the strings both ends they should be straight and tight.
- You’re ready to do the crosses. Take the other piece of string, find the hole at the top that’s labeled ‘knot’. This is where you’ll start your crosses with a knot.
- Feed the string through the top most hole, weaving it through the mains. When you get to the other side make sure to tighten it.
- Carry on weaving from one side to the other, making sure the string goes over and under.
- At the bottom of the racquet, there is a hole labeled ‘tie off’.
- Thread the string through and tie the knot, again the same way as you did the mains.
- When you’ve tied the last knot, cut off the string and done one last check to make sure they’re tight and straight, you’re good to go. Last thing, remember to remove the racquet from the stringing machine.