Today we’re picking up where we left the off in the recent spotlight with Lars (AKA Sidewall Jedi). We’re going to look at another option to stringing to the inside with David Swartz (AKA Smashtime Strings): the inside weave!
This technique applies the concept of stringing to the inside, but involves running the sidewall string down a sidewall hole and back up the one above in order to “anchor” the mesh to the head. If you string to the inside, I highly recommend this option!
What you’ll need for the Inside Weave
3. Sidewall string
Three pieces in normal length, ideally.
4. Shooting strings
We’ll be using one shooting cord and one normal shooter.
5. Bottom string
It’s kind of kind of hard to finish stringing a solid pocket without one of these, right?!
Follow along with this Stringing Tutorial!
Learn the Inside Weave now:
PRO TIP: The important part to remember with this string up is that you are SI’ing (special interlock) the mesh to this inside of the head and not the bottom rail.
Wrapping up the iWeave with Smashtime
I took some time to talk stringing techniques surrounding this tutorial with David Swartz. Below you’ll find a snippet of our conversation! Stay tuned this weekend for the full interview with “your favorite stringer’s favorite stringer!”
Kevin: Stringing to the inside vs what we just did… do you think there is a benefit to the inside weave?
David: It allows you to place a diamond between the holes, so you can actually mix both styles, double inside to get the diamond right on the sidewall hole or weaved inside to get it in between. You can use a shorter string with weaved inside. Double inside can be easier for heads that have fewer sidewall holes but most all heads now have enough for weaved inside.
Kevin: Your hanging top string (used in this tutorial) is different… do you use this solely on defensive heads?
David: No, I use it on all types of heads. The topstring is the foundation of a pocket and fundamental in determining possible pocket shapes. So, the exact shape of the topstring I use changes based on the head and pocket shape I’m trying to achieve. Picking the same 9d topstring over and over eliminates so many possibilities. This is the kind of nerdy stuff I am into and you can find on my Instagram. #topstringsarethenewsidewalls
Thank you for reading. Remember to tag all string ups with #TheGopherProject to earn String Up of the Week honors!