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String Thing - String Straightening Device
Do misaligned strings drive you batty? It is not uncommon for some types of string to get stuck out of position during play. Many players take time between points to straighten them using their fingers. Ouch! The String Thing is a device that quickly and uniformly realigns the strings for you. Constructed of a sturdy polycarbon shell this tool is virtually indestructible. The alignment wheels are nylon with a teflon-like substance for easy use. Misaligned strings can impact the performance of the ball with your stringbed in ways that are generally not considered positive. Use this tool on court or during changeovers to keep your strings straight and your game on course. The link below shows of video of just how easy this tool is to use.
It does a great job
At the GSS Symposium I had the chance to try the String Thing which is an amazing little tool that is now available for both open and dense string patterns.
With a little practice the efficiency to straighten strings is quite surprising. Since about 20 years I have been using a setting-off tool that I made especially to do this job, which I am very proud of, simply because well straightened strings give a great finish to a quality string job.
To do a good job with the awl the racquet needs to be still mounted in the cradle, once out of the machine it is quite difficult to straighten the strings, so it's a one-off application.
When straightening your strings I have found it is best to begin with the crosses first followed by the mains. Following this sequence produces the easiest and most consistent results.-- JayCeeParis
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