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Comments: I just used this for the first time after a match to straighten my synthetic gut strings and it does work! I
don't think I will be using it during play which isn't why I bought it -- but if you are looking for something to align your strings as
perfectly as possibly, this is a great tool to have in your bag.
From: Lambert, 3/14
Comments: I gave a review of this product back on 6/11 (see below). I thought I might pass on that my
opinion has changed some. I do find myself using this product quite a bit more now. What I've found is that its
effectiveness seems to be very dependent on the type of string. I've now moved to a synthetic gut, rather than a
natural gut, and it can straighten the strings pretty well. I'm happy I bought it.
From: JP, 5/12
Comments: This is what I observed using the String Thing (regular, not dense) on my Head Youtek
Radical OS with Weiss Cannon Explosive at 50 pounds. It's not going to work on the cross strings. But since the strings
move in response to backspin or topspin, it's the mains that are going to move the most. It does make the main strings
(i.e. the long strings) straighter. But the strings on the left and right sides tend to curve in a convex pattern (i.e. bulges
out a little in the center) but the strings in the middle seem to be quite straight. If you want it more accurate (and I do),
you have to use your fingers, closing one eye so that you can see straight down the string. If you're in the middle of a
tournament, this is the fastest way to get the strings reasonably straight. It doesn't seem to damage the strings. It is
recommended make the strings straight right after stringing and after each game, so that over time, the strings get
notched in the center position so they move less and when they do move, you can get back to center faster. Is it worth
$20? Yes, if you spin the ball a lot and the strings get crooked really fast. If you a more junior player who doesn't spin
the ball, you may not need it so much.
From: Anon, 5/12
Comments: This device works great and I love it! If you're using any string outside of Poly, then this
straightener belongs in your tennis bag. The only downside of this device is that it might take several repeated efforts
to straighten out the string (depending on how stiff your tension is). So the device is better suited for "before & after"
matches fix-ups, not in between games realignment. Also, depending on tension, you might need to really muscle the
rollovers as the strings can be too stiff for quick realignment. Yes, it can take up to 5 minutes to do a complete
realignment but it sure beats the heck out using your fingers, which hurts by the way. I love it. It's no gimmick or toy.
Give it a try. It doesn't cost that much anyway.
From: Philip, 4/12
Comments: I agree with JP and Taylor. My first impression was that it is a LOT bigger than I thought. I
don't like having a bulky thing in my pocket as I'm running around the court. I also did not find it to work well at all.
You have to apply quite a bit of pressure to the string bed to have it be slightly effective in moving the strings; way too
From: Thom, 1/12
Comments: I just bought it for my racquet 16 x 19 pattern. I tend to string low tension like 50 pounds
with multi so my string can move a lot. The tool is not perfect but for a fast adjustment it does well on the court.
Especially for the main strings and better than just with the fingers. To have my strings straight helps me a lot for the
control of my ball. I would recommend it.
From: Gilles, 10/11
Comments: I have to agree with JP. I would not recommend this thing at all. The fact of the matter is the
teeth are just not large enough, even though I bought the open one. It is a good idea, but not so good on the execution
From: Taylor, 10/11
Comments: I'm not impressed. I use Natural Gut and string my racquets at the optimal tension. The
strings themselves are not very slick like many string might be. This coupled with the tension not being loose makes
for the strings to bind together pretty well. Of course this doesn't mean there won't be some movement from them. My
hope was that the String Thing could help, but that isn't what I'm seeing. As I moved it across the racquet it is
struggling to put the strings where they need to be. If I used different strings and a lower tension I could see where it
might help more, but for me I'm fairly certain I won't be using it.
From: JP. 6/11
Comments: I have a 16 x 20 string patterned racquet. Should I get the 16 x 18 string straightening
device or the 18 x 20 string straightening device? Thanks in advance!
From: Giovanni. 6/11
(Giovanni, you'll want to get the 16x18 String Thing as it's designed for more open string patterned racquets. -- TW Staff)
Comments: This thing is legit! I string my racquet kind of loose (53lbs) so my strings tend to move
around quite a bit. I was spending quite a bit of time "adjusting" my strings between points. Now I got the thing and I
can't not use it. It's super fast to use on the court to straighten my strings. I highly recommend people get this unique
tool, especially if your strings move around a lot.
From: Crosby, Riverside, CA, USA, 01/11