Sunday, March 06, 2011

Pat Markey

stringing thoughts while restringing a Head flexpoint 10 oversize

Becoming a better racket stringer is more than mechanics and technique. There is a part of being a good stringer that keeps customers coming back to you for advise, and hopefully referrals as well. I haven't spent as much time yet with my posts taling about my thoughts behind each restring but I hope to shed some new light on why I recommend strings and the thoughts behind my selections. I hope this helps the readers get a better grasp on string theory and the like.

I just acquired a new customer who uses a Head flexpoint 10 oversize (121 sq inch) racket. Like many customers, he didn't know what string he was using or the exact tension. I keep records that customers can obtain for future reference which is always a great selling point and customer service. He just broke his strings, plays a few times a week, doesn't have arm problems and is not a frequent string breaker. He would rate himself 3.5-4.0 with moderate swing strokes. He wanted more power but didn't have a preference on strings.


I knew his rackets weren't strung on computerized machines and the string he was using was a basic 16 monofilament string. I chose to string two pounds below the mid range (for more power) and continue with a 16g string. I chose a multifilament but one that is not as elastic, so I chose Wilson Sensation 16g. Because the racket was 121 inches I didn't want to switch to 17g yet, because I wasn't sure how he would handle the 17g multifilament string the first time out. I wanted to gauge how he did with the 16 softer string first. The one thing I don't want is a new customer who breaks his string the first day out, usually makes the stringer look bad. Just a few thoughts from my string corner.

Pat Markey

About Pat Markey -

Patrick Has been stringing rackets for over 25 years including at many professional events around the country including the US OPEN and AUSTRALIAN OPEN. He brings a depth of knowledge and love for the industry.

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