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Comments: I have had this equipment for over a year now and thought about chiming in. I basically have to agree
with Brandon's comments. While it may not give you the exact tension on the string bed, it does tell you relatively how much
tension you are losing over a period of time. Bottom line is it is a great tool to have in the bag.
From: Hari, 3/14
Comments: I purchased a stringing machine last summer so that I could restring my children's racquets (they play
competitive tennis). The string meter is an invaluable tool to measure tension loss. I record the tension measured immediately
after I string their racquets and check the tension every week or so. If there has been a drop in measured tension of at least 10%, I
will restring. On a couple of occasions my daughter has told me that she feels that she has less control of her grounstrokes. Sure
enough when I have checked the tension, there was a substantial drop that required me to restring. As long as you realize that
this string meter does not measure actual tension you will come to understand its true purpose and it will be an integral part of a
competitive tennis player's tools.
From: Tammy, Coral Springs, FL, USA. 4/10
Comments: Very happy with the Stringmeter purchase. It appears to be relatively accurate as I strung my racquet at
55 lbs and the stringmeter read 54lbs. That said, I know that it is supposed to be used as a "relative" guideline reference tool and
I would emphasize that the purchaser should read AND understand the directions on how to use the tool . The directions are
pretty clear , but you need to use the tool once to understand how it works. Easy to use after that. Also you can test your
stringing machine for clamp slippage with this tool. It seems well made.
From: Ron, Gig Harbor, Wa. 1/10
Comments: This product is very cool. I string my own racquets and I like to know how well my string job is. This is
perfect to let me know if I did a consistent job or did something wrong along the way. Its helping me become a better stringer. I
also play with Poly and do not break them very often so it helps me to know when they have lost too much tension.
From: Rick, Columbia, SC, USA. 10/09
Comments: I had this little gizmo for about 2 years. It is worthless! Yes, you can check the tension immediately
after stringing, BUT what does it mean? Well you can check to see if your stringing job was good in that your individual mains are
closely the same, but it does not give you an accurate reading of real tension. A friend, who is also a sringer, has a stringmeter
and using mine and his,(at the same time on the same racquet) there is a difference of 10 to 12 lbs. So I guess if you want to
know on a given racquet what tension loss there has been, you might know if you tensioned and recorded the tension right after
the stringing, but it would only be relative to that stringing and that racquet. Save your money!
From: Steve, Corunna, MI.,USA. 8/09
Comments: Reading the commentaries, I think it should be noted that all strings lose a significant amount of
tension within the first hour after being strung. Thereafter, string tension will stabilize. Natural gut loses the least amount of
tension--making it an obvious favorite for years. If you are interested in understanding the particular losses of tension for any
particular string family, gut, polyester, multi-filament, etc., a wonderful resource is the book, Technical Tennis.
From: Tim, New York, USA. 3/06
Comments: The greatest value of this tool is to measure how good of a string
job you're getting from your stringer. Depending on the type of machine your stringer is
using (Drop weight, Constant Tension, etc.) you may get significantly different readings from
different stringing machines even though you requested the same tension. As an earlier
person said, the readings on the middle mains should be very close to what you requested.
However, as you move to the outer mains the tension drops off (sometimes significantly - 20
lbs.) However, some people claim this isn't a problem because of proportional stringing -
the amount of flex the string exhibits for a short main compared to a longer main. At any rate,
look for consistency from side to side as the mains move to the outer part of the racquet.
From: Scott, Atlanta, GA, USA 03/06
Comments: If you research this product through the manufacturer, you will
discover that it was not
designed to tell you exactly what the tension is. It is actually designed to help you keep track
maintenance between stringing. It does what is designed for and is an invaluable tool. I am
sure many of you
have thought that your stringer or stringing machine may be inaccurate after using this
product. Don't freak
because this product was not intended to give you exact tension feedback, it simply allows
you to see change.
From: Brandon, Columbia, SC, USA. 12/05
Comments: I just bought this item. Looks like my strings have over 20lbs less
tension that I was led
to believe (at
35lbs!). Awful. Does anyone know the best type of stringer/machine to use for the most
I'm considering doing my own from now on. (Please note that the Stringmeter measures
actual tension, not
the tension the
racquet was strung which is called reference tension. A 20lbs difference is not uncommon -
From: Karl, Manchester, UK. 10/05
Comments: This is one tool every stringer should not do with out. It is a great
tool to check your
through out the stringbed. I use a Klippermate, and the stringmeter shows that such low
budget drop weight
stringer can be just
as consistent as stringing on a higher pro stringer. I highly recommend this great tool.
From: Gus, Burbank, CA, USA
Comments: I have had this product for almost a year now, and at first it reads
tension VERY accurately, but now the spring that does the measuring effect started to get
loose. I am not a stringer or somebody that strings a lot of racquets, only a couple a month,
and I don't think the durability of this product is that good. The instructions aren't very easy to
understand either. It is better if you figure how to use without the instructions.
From: Tomas, Alexandria, Virginia, USA. 09/04
Comments: First of all it was much lighter and smaller than I thought- it's a little
smaller than the palm of my hand. It measures tension very accurately. The readings do
change from main to main but the mains closest to the center seem to be the most
important ones to measure, and only differ by a couple of lbs. Very easy to use and I'm very
happy with it. A must buy for people wanting to monitor tension loss!
From: Anthony, Australia. 9/04