Diagonal Stringing?

Have you ever seen – or played with – a tennis racquet with a DIAGONAL stringing pattern?  Here are details on one user’s philosophy.

At a New Hampshire tennis event this summer, I visited with Lynn Miller, retired Wheaton College Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach (1980-2015), who had three such racquets.  Here is what she had to say…

What racquets do you have with those diagonal strings?

The Power Angle is the only brand racket I use that accommodates the diagonal string pattern.  It uses just ONE string, so I can’t hybrid it and use two different types of string in one racket.

How long ago did you get them?

I’ve probably been using these rackets for 20 years or so, about the time they discontinued the Wilson Power Hole 3.8 Sledge Hammer racket which I previously used.

What is the difference in hitting with them vs. “regular” stringing pattern?

I had bad tennis elbow when I stopped using the Wilson Sledge Hammer, so I needed to find a racket that was easy on my joints and tendons.  The research conducted by the company stated that the string pattern reduced string vibration-partly due to the longer length of each string in the pattern.  I haven’t had tennis elbow since using these rackets.

Could be a coincidence or the fact that I don’t play as much as I used to, but I also win with these rackets, so that’s a big reason I stay with it even though the frames are probably dead by now.

Lynn Miller

What do stringers think of working with that frame?

Depends upon the stringer.  Some stringers don’t have a machine that can accommodate that string pattern, and others have to do the on-line research to figure out how to string it (and don’t really want to take the extra time to do it when they are busy during their peak season).

Are there other comments on “strange stringing patterns”?

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6 thoughts on “Diagonal Stringing?

  1. In one of my first age-division tournaments in Atlanta I played a guy named Thor who used a racquet with it’s head at an angle, so that the strings were diagonal. Weirdest racquet I had seen to that point, until I saw the two-handled racquets.

    Terry, maybe it was a broken racquet! george

  2. George,
    My father had a sporting goods store and one of his main businesses was tennis. One time he double strung a racquet, after re-drilling the holes a little. He used a composite nylon, as gut was too expensive to experiment with (I was the guinea pig user). He overlaid the strings in the center with some other fabric stuff and I’ve forgotten what it was. It seems one of the major players (before open tennis) had done this and it altered his game considerably. I used the racquet and found the effect on overspin shots was massive. I would guess it at least doubled the rpms. I used it for a while and then broke some strings and stopped. Meanwhile the double string was declared illegal by the USLTA (now USTA). Years later, I double strung a racquet myself and used it for about a year. The frame broke eventually, however.. But I had the same interesting results. My serve, which has plenty of all sorts of spin, was altered considerably, as well, and for the better. Illegal, but lots of fun.

    Sheldon, good story! Was that what they called “spaghetti strings”? george

  3. Terry’s opponent’s racquet was probably a ‘Snauwert Ergonorm’.
    Mad Raq produced a racquet with diagonal strings based upon the design of snow shoes….

    Allan, heckuva name! thanks. george

  4. Very interesting, George. Have you tried it? Might be worth a shot, don’t you think?

    Joel, have not tried it… would be interesting! I did try the two-handled racquet and didn’t care for it. george

  5. Thanks Allan! Based on the pictures (and my fading memory), that’s exactly what it was! With a name like Thor, and carrying a racquet shaped like a big hammer, I was down a break before we spun for serve.

  6. I never heard or have seen it. Here is another way to string other than what we know and use. Open the link. Apparently it works.

    http://youtu.be/sIMyYgRtgUM

    Klaus, very technical piece on using variable string tensions. thanks for sharing. george

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