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Djokovicfan4life
04-15-2008, 08:18 AM
I play 3-5 times a week for about 2 hours a day and I play with decent power. Nothing mind blowing, but pretty powerful. I also play with monster spin, I know this because sometimes I have problems with getting the ball deep in the court, sort of like Nadal. I saw a video of a guy breaking a string on youtube and he barely even seemed to frigging swing fast at all. It seems like my game should lead to much more string breaking than with guys like that.

Obviously this is a good thing, but I feel like a wimp, especially at 18 years old. :(

roddick89
04-15-2008, 08:24 AM
What string are you using and what gauge?

roger is the king
04-15-2008, 08:57 AM
hey listen...people don't nessecciarily need to break string to be good..and yeah like roddick said give more info and also...how well you play is the important thing not the string breaking factor lol

budkid
04-15-2008, 09:33 AM
also...if your string pattern opened or closed? That usually affects string breakage also. Open(ex.16x18) tends to break more easily, closed(ex.18x20) is harder to break.

Mr. Blond
04-15-2008, 09:47 AM
I see why you are wondering, but not breaking strings is a good problem to have.

ledor
04-15-2008, 12:07 PM
fischer pro no 1. well if you do hit with a lot of spin but like hit like 3-4 balls per point on average, don't really see you breaking strings anytime soon. You'll probably get to the mushy, strings move everywhere stage before you break a string.

hoodjem
04-15-2008, 12:12 PM
I see why you are wondering, but not breaking strings is a good problem to have.

I agree. What are you complaining about?

"Dammit, I never seem to get a speeding ticket. What's wrong with me?"





P.S. I have the same "problem"--I use poly hybrids and have an 18 X 20 racquet.

samster
04-15-2008, 02:13 PM
I don't ever break strings. Never.

vndesu
04-15-2008, 06:53 PM
shouldnt you be glad so that you dont have to waste money?
unless your strings are dead or something

andreh
04-16-2008, 12:07 AM
Don't sweat it. I don't break strings and I play with gut.

PimpMyGame
04-16-2008, 12:16 AM
Be careful what you wish for, not breaking strings is a nice problem to have. Don't trade it for the cost of keeping your rackets in strings, plus the added stress the frames go through in each stringing process.

DJG
04-16-2008, 01:53 AM
What do your strings look like? What type do you use? Where does it show wear? I wish I could have the same issue, but I can see immediate wear on a new stringjob - spin is really more of a factor.

I do hate breaking strings, when they get close to the point, I'd rather cut than break. I always hate swapping out racquets and leaving the broken one to stretch in an uneven manner while I finish the game.

zacinnc78
04-16-2008, 02:28 AM
Don't sweat it. I don't break strings and I play with gut.

now THAT is the way to go!
ps. i just broke my first string (it was first set of gut)after over a year of playing and using topspin

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 07:34 AM
Well, I did say OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A GOOD THING, but whatever. :wink:

I use a Fischer M pro no. 1 with full Babolat VS 16g. I can rally much longer than 3-4 strokes, 20+ when I'm on. Not that it makes me good or anything, just saying that I'm not THAT inconsistent with my shots. The strings do fray like crazy, but it doesn't seem to affect the performance at all.

I guess I'm just special. :mrgreen:

TennisProdigy
04-16-2008, 10:02 AM
Try sprinkling your strings with a little water, that'll help you break em for sure!

Bubba
04-16-2008, 10:08 AM
now THAT is the way to go!
ps. i just broke my first string (it was first set of gut)after over a year of playing and using topspin

Same set of gut in for a year?!?!? you play regularly? If so, your strings must have looked like Tom Hanks' Beard in Castaway. Must have been super mushy. Didn't you notice a stark difference in tension and feel after the fresh string job? Thought so.

fastdunn
04-16-2008, 10:38 AM
also...if your string pattern opened or closed? That usually affects string breakage also. Open(ex.16x18) tends to break more easily, closed(ex.18x20) is harder to break.

yeah, to me, dense(18x20) pattern last 2 times longer than fairly open pattern like 16x19.

and also it seems last longer on flexible frame compared to stiff ones.

Nellie
04-16-2008, 10:58 AM
I don't break strings either, despite having a SW/western grip and using heavy spin. I got to the point where I was cutting out strings every 2 weeks due to tensions loss. Now I use a gut/poly hybrid that keeps tensions for about 6 weeks of good play.

topsltennis
04-16-2008, 11:02 AM
I break one every 7-10 days, but I play and teach everyday and have an open string pattern- 16x19 and string very tight at 72 lbs- recipe for string breakage and arm problems- of which I have both!

IanRichardson
04-16-2008, 11:03 AM
i would say it has to do with what strings you use, if you do in fact play with a lot of spin.

The strings moving against one another should cause them to break. How long do you usually go between stringjobs?

DJG
04-16-2008, 11:17 AM
I use a Fischer M pro no. 1 with full Babolat VS 16g.

You are getting value for money there :)

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 11:45 AM
I break one every 7-10 days, but I play and teach everyday and have an open string pattern- 16x19 and string very tight at 72 lbs- recipe for string breakage and arm problems- of which I have both!

I use an open string pattern as well, but I only string at 60 lbs.

That Tom Hanks thing was hilarious, thanks Bubba! :lol:

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 11:46 AM
You are getting value for money there :)

I love this setup, it feels amazing! :)

tennisdad65
04-16-2008, 11:54 AM
If you can play well with a string for a year why change anything :)

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 12:12 PM
Try sprinkling your strings with a little water, that'll help you break em for sure!

Haha, no doubt, but I'm very careful about protecting them from stuff like that.

By the way, I'm not playing for a year with one set of strings, that would be crazy. That was someone else. I change them every 2-3 months.

don_nguyen11490
04-16-2008, 09:15 PM
Probably because you tend to hit all over the racket instead of just a single spot. People I know who break their strings easily tend to hit it in the same spot over and over and thus it breaks sooner.

The people I know who don't break strings at all (including me) tend to hit random spots all over the stringbed, so the stress on the string is somewhat evenly distributed.

While string material, open string patterns and technique certainly play a large part in breaking strings, I think the missing link might be consistency. Whenever I break strings dirt is all over the string bed, while whenever my friend breaks strings (which is all the time) its always in the middle of the racket, and the rest of the string bed looks pretty clean.

However, I take this "problem" as the opportunity to use 18+ gauge natural gut strings and not have to worry about it for several months.

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 09:27 PM
Probably because you tend to hit all over the racket instead of just a single spot. People I know who break their strings easily tend to hit it in the same spot over and over and thus it breaks sooner.

The people I know who don't break strings at all (including me) tend to hit random spots all over the stringbed, so the stress on the string is somewhat evenly distributed.

While string material, open string patterns and technique certainly play a large part in breaking strings, I think the missing link might be consistency. Whenever I break strings dirt is all over the string bed, while whenever my friend breaks strings (which is all the time) its always in the middle of the racket, and the rest of the string bed looks pretty clean.

However, I take this "problem" as the opportunity to use 18+ gauge natural gut strings and not have to worry about it for several months.

This is probably true, I'm not the cleanest hitter. :oops:

Crap, what did you have to say that for? Just tell me I'm special like everyone else! :wink: