In the event you’re studying to string a tennis racquet, the knots you utilize are an important endpoint (and probably a place to begin) for guaranteeing your racquets stringbed can stand as much as the duty of hitting a tennis ball for a number of hours.
Utilizing a poorly tied knot can compromise a string job by inflicting it to lose pressure too rapidly. Or, in a worst-case situation, dangerous knots can slip via the grommet and even come undone, inflicting the stringbed to disintegrate utterly. Not an excellent situation when you’re in the midst of a match.
So which knots must you use? Are some tie off knots higher than the others? Let’s have a look.
The Forms of Knots Used In Racquet Stringing
There are a number of sorts of knots that stringers will use when stringing a racquet, however the 4 commonest are as follows:
Double Half Hitch
Wilson Professional Knot
Double Half Hitch
The double half hitch knot is the commonest tie off knot and is the best knot to study.
It’s the knot you will discover in any information to racquet stringing and is a superb start line for once you first begin studying to string a racquet.
In some racquets, you may have the ability to get away with a single half hitch knot, however that may require slim grommets and thicker gauge string; in any other case, you’re going to get some slippage.
I used this knot once I first learnt to string a racquet, and I am going to nonetheless use it sometimes.
It is also the knot most retailers like Tennis Warehouse, Tennis Categorical, Tennis-Level and so forth., will use after they string a racquet for purchasers earlier than delivery.
Straightforward to study and tie
Can strangle the anchor string
A bulkier knot so more durable to do in a decent space
That is the knot I exploit for all 4 knots when doing a two-piece string job.
Once I first began studying to string a racquet, I used the double half hitch, which my handbook advisable.
After getting extra comfy with the basics, I researched different choices and got here throughout the Parnell Knot, a extra dependable and cleaner-looking model of the double half hitch.
Whereas I did not have points with the double half hitch coming undone or breaking, I’ve used the Parnell Knot ever since. I discovered it a a lot cleaner trying knot and simpler to get the lower finish towards the body.
Whereas the Double Half Hitch is probably the most fundamental of all of the tie-off knots, it will possibly create a weak spot because it strangles the anchor string once you tie it.
With the Parnell Knot, since you tighten the primary half hitch, there is a piece of string blocking it from strangling the anchor string.
The double half hitch can even come undone extra simply, as it’s actually two single half hitches on prime of the opposite. As compared, the Parnell knot cinches up and will not come undone.
It will not come undone
Much less strain on anchor string
It seems to be clear/tight towards the body
Some say it is bulkier in comparison with the Professional Knot
Wilson Professional Knot
The Wilson Professional Knot will get the identify as a result of Wilson match stringers utilizing it on all their string jobs.
The Professional Knot is a small and compact knot making it simple to tie off in tight areas. Whereas it is virtually the identical because the Parnell Knot, relatively than going again across the anchor string, you solely return via the loop.
I’ll generally use this knot when utilizing a thicker string or in an actual tight area, however when you plan and ensure your tie-off gap has the cross string operating beneath the anchor string, you may tie an even bigger knot within the open area. Whenever you pull it tight, it would glide over the cross string and cinch up.
Clear trying knot
Straightforward to tie in tight areas
A small knot, so skinny strings + giant grommets is usually a drawback
Everytime you string a racquet as a two-piece string job, both a hybrid or since you want the stringbed being two items, you’ll be beginning the cross strings from scratch.
Which means you will be pulling pressure straight on a knot, so it wants to face up the forces utilized and never slip again via a grommet.
The beginning knot is a method of doing this, and the result’s a cumbersome knot that may face up to direct pressure. The beginning knot works nicely, however there may be an alternative choice that I am going to cowl beneath.
Can face up to direct pressure
Will not slip via the grommet
Could be accomplished ‘tremendous’ cumbersome
With stiffer polyester strings, beginning knots will be onerous to cinch up
Much less aesthetically pleasing
An Various to the Beginning Knot
Once I first began stringing, the DVD I acquired with my stringing machine advisable utilizing a beginning knot when doing a two-piece string job.
However like how I found the Parnell Knot, I would seen a number of superior stringers opting to keep away from this knot and as an alternative use a beginning clamp, proven within the image above.
I gave this a strive, and I’ve not used a beginning knot since, as it is a a lot simpler methodology, produces a extra dependable pressure, and also you get a a lot cleaner knot that matches the opposite three.
I might nonetheless suggest studying the beginning knot, so it is in your arsenal must you want it, however utilizing a beginning clamp for the crosses is my most well-liked methodology.
Is One Knot Higher than the Different?
So is one ending knot higher than the remaining? Probably not; when you requested Richard Parnell what he thought was the very best, he’d seemingly say the Parnell Knot; when you requested somebody who strings within the Wilson workforce, they’d in all probability inform you the Professional Knot. 😁
The most effective knot for me is the one you may comfortably tie and performs its operate, i.e. would not slip, trigger breakage or influence playability. All 4 of those listed above, when tied accurately, are good selections.
For most individuals, I feel that’s the Parnell Knot is the only option as a result of it has by no means let me down; not solely that, it is created by a man that’s extremely educated about stringing and has strung lots of of 1000’s of racquets in his profession with that knot.
What about dangerous knots? They definitely exist; the image above is an effective instance of this, as it is too cumbersome and appears slapdash. If that was accomplished by somebody flying blind on their first few string jobs, then that is wonderful, but when a seasoned stringer is producing that? I would be a little bit sceptical.
A foul knot would not make a nasty stringer, after all, however most good stringers will produce a neater trying tie off with the tag find yourself towards the body to stop it catching on garments, fingers and so forth.
Normal Suggestions for Tie-Off Knots
Observe makes good
Do not pull pressure in your knots utilizing the stringing machine
Use a beginning clamp that will help you grip the string when tightening the knot
Attempt to use the identical knot persistently
Bear in mind to extend the strain by 10% earlier than pulling the final mains or crosses earlier than tying off to compensate for the inevitable pressure loss
Use Youtube for extra visible and how-to guides
And keep in mind, a superb stringer is all the time studying!
Which knot do you utilize when stringing racquets? Have you ever devised your personal variation of one of many knots above like Richard Parnell? Let me know within the feedback.