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rajeshafrica
02-12-2012, 09:05 AM
Some pros use a brand new racquet for every ball change. Does a New racquet make such difference. Could some one throw some light as to why the pros follow this practice.

Pavlos
02-12-2012, 09:29 AM
It does. The way pros hit, string tension drops considerably in only a few games, and the same applies to the air pressure inside the ball as well as the amount of felt on its surface. New balls tend to fly faster and longer, so a tighter stringbed is required to maintain the same level of control.

New balls also have more felt, which should make it somewhat easier to impart spin on the ball. Now whether higher tension means more spin is, I think, open to debate, but I believe convetional wisdom has it that the answer is positive.

Carolina Racquet
02-12-2012, 04:47 PM
I believe the pros who change to newly strung racquets right after or just before every ball change are following a routine that supports consistency.

The racquet strings and the tennis balls change playability at the same rate.

Makes sense for the top tier professionals, not for recreational players.

athiker
02-12-2012, 04:54 PM
Some pros use a brand new racquet for every ball change. Does a New racquet make such difference. Could some one throw some light as to why the pros follow this practice.

Brings up an interesting question I haven't seen discussed and I'm not sure if the OP is referring to just new strings or an actual new racquet. About how often do top pros actually stop restringing a racquet and switch to a whole new racquet?

Funbun
02-12-2012, 04:59 PM
Brings up an interesting question I haven't seen discussed and I'm not sure if the OP is referring to just new strings or a actual new racquet. About how often do top pros actually stop restringing a racquet and switch to a whole new racquet?

I've read somewhere that it's usually up to about 30-40 racquets. I don't think they actually switch to new racquets until there's a new paintjob out, or they break it.