Ask the Stringer: Stringing Machines

Ask the Stringer: Stringing Machines

Did you know that we employ two professional stringers, including a Master Racquet Technician? That’s the highest level of achievement that United States Racquet Stringers Association (U.S.R.S.A.) offers. Jim, one of our stringers, is also a member of the prestigious “Wilson Stringing Team” which comprises the exclusive on-site stringers at the U.S. Open, Australian Open, and Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. If that wasn’t enough, Jim is also recognized as one of the fastest racquet stringers in the world, with a personal best stringing time of 7 minutes flat.

Each week our professional racquet technicians will answer your stringing questions.

Q: Which stringing machine is best to buy?

A: Which stringing machine to buy is a matter of volume and budget of the buyer. Some people buy a machine just for their own frames and some plan on generating income from home. At a minimum, I suggest a machine with a “fixed” clamping system where the clamp holding tension on the string is fixed to the base of the machine. Other that that, the rest is up to the buyer. While a drop-weight tensioning system is the least expensive and slowest means up pulling tension, it is very accurate once the user learns the proper way to use it.

Q: How often should someone check the accuracy of his or her machine?

A: On tour, we check the machines accuracy every morning. Of course, our clients performance and confidence in our work is of much greater consequence when compared to a recreational player having a weekend hit.

In my shop and at home I calibrate every month or two. It very rarely changes.

Do you have a question for one of our stringers? Ask it in the comments below or send it to us and we will provide with an answer as fast and accurate as our on-site stringing.

5 thoughts on “Ask the Stringer: Stringing Machines”

  • hey holabird!
    wondering what type of stringing machine you guys use to string the racquets we purchase from drop-weight, crank, or constant pull? guessing constant pull, but wanted to be certain-

  • Hi, Eddy. Thank you so much for submitting your question. In order to ensure the highest quality string job possible, all of our stringing machines are electric, constant-pull machines. Each machine is calibrated on a regular basis to ensure that it is pulling tension accurately and consistently.

  • Does Holabird have sales, discounting prices for tennis stringing machines (Prince Neos 1000, gamma Xfc6, etc.)? I have been checking your site since my interest to buy a machine, but prices remain fixed.

  • Hi, Gallens. Thanks for reaching out to us. We’re glad to hear that you’re interested in purchasing a stringing machine from Holabird Sports. Both the Prince Neos 1000 and the Gamma X-6FC are very good choices and will provide a quality string job. I’ve checked with our buyer and our promotions team to see if there is any special pricing or promotional discounts available on any of our stringing machines, but at this time we are unable to offer any additional discounts. If you have any questions about any of our stringing machines, or need assistance choosing the best machine for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (866) 860-1416 or In the meantime, I’ll keep an eye out for any promotional offers and let you know if any special deals become available!

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