Upgrading Your Tension Calibrator
Some say, “a racquet stringer can only be as good as his stringing machine.” That’s partly true, but the other part should say, “a stringing machine can also only be as good as its calibration.” Upgrading your tension calibrator goes a long way toward keeping your stringing machine in top form!
You can use this tip to upgrade your tension calibrator, making it perform better and last longer.
- (2) Pieces of Kevlar strings – each about 18” in length
- (2) Pieces of nylon tubing – each about 1.5” in length
Connecting the String to the Calibrator – Tying the First Two Knots
Use the tubing to protect the Kevlar string by installing it as pictured below. Tie a knot to secure it in place.
Position the Tension Head in the Optimum Position
In the Consistent Tensioning Stringing Tip, I explain the optimum tension head position on a lockout machine.
Tying the Last Two Knots – String Clamps & Tension Head
Adjust your turntable and clamps in the position that you usually use to perform tension calibration. I would recommend using both string clamps to secure it in place safely.
Mark and tie your knots at the two locations indicated by the yellow arrows above.
- You’ll notice the knot on the left is tied, leaving just enough space for the two string clamps to fit between the first knot you tied and this second knot. This will help with securing it in place and ensure consistent positioning of the string clamps.
- You’ll notice I tied the knot on the right at the back end of the tension head jaws. This will ensure a consistent starting position when tensioning the calibrator.
Two Other Examples
Your Stringing Machine’s Best Friend
Your tension calibrator is your stringing machine’s best friend. Calibration is recommended every 25 string jobs or anytime you transport your machine.
In short, taking the time to calibrate ensures proper care of your stringing machine. Want to be sure the calibration goes smoothly? Upgrading your tension calibrator will help.
After calibrating your stringing machine, the rest is up to you!
Racquet Stringing Stories & Tips Library
- Consistent Tensioning on a Lockout Machine
- Grip Sizer
- Measure the Exact Amount of String You Need
- Prince P7000 Stringing Machine YouTube Review
- Reduce Friction & String in Less Time
- Seating Racquet Grommets – Michael Chang Story
- Tubing Tips & Techniques
- Upgrading Your Tension Calibrator