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Fatmike
10-31-2005, 05:08 AM
I use to break strings often so this didn't happens to me before.

I use alu power for a few months now, the first 2 times I tried it it broke within a month but now it's been 2 months (around 100 hours) I've been playing with the same set of strings and it doesn't break. But they have big "holes" in the mains... you know so that the crosses won't move a bit... they are stuck in the "holes"

For a few days now strings seems like very inconsistent. Some shots are very nice then the same shot feel dead, like no power, like the ball was old.

Is it the strings or do I have a bad period? How do you know when strings are dead?


thanks

Jerry Seinfeld
10-31-2005, 05:29 AM
100 hours? The strings are dead.

Fatmike
10-31-2005, 05:40 AM
100 hours? The strings are dead.

Well, it may be more around 80 then 100....

Anyway, how long are they supposed to last? When you know that they are dead?

Is dead strings harder on the arm/wrist? Cause since last week my wrist started to hurt in a way it never did since I switched to a flexible racquet.

Richie Rich
10-31-2005, 06:34 AM
i get 25-30 hours before i notice a drop off in performance and have to cut them out.

Fatmike
10-31-2005, 06:48 AM
i get 25-30 hours before i notice a drop off in performance and have to cut them out.

I think I have trouble to identify if I'm playing bad or if it's the string that are dead

darkblue
10-31-2005, 06:52 AM
i get

4 times a week x 3 weeks @ 2hrs a session 20-25 hrs per...

ollinger
10-31-2005, 07:03 AM
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Fatmike
10-31-2005, 07:17 AM
Per "2004 BMW 330 Ci" noted above....can you be banned from this board for being a self-absorbed twit?


??? Don't understand this....

armand
10-31-2005, 07:30 AM
Per "2004 BMW 330 Ci" noted above....can you be banned from this board for being a self-absorbed twit?LOL good one. Give em a break though, he's obviously compensating for some shortcomming(s).

Rabbit
10-31-2005, 07:56 AM
From my experience with Luxilon, in a word, "yes" they go dead prior to breaking.

Fatmike
10-31-2005, 09:00 AM
From my experience with Luxilon, in a word, "yes" they go dead prior to breaking.


Before using Alu power, I used Timo 18 and they break fast...15 hours max. No with the alu I'm all confused.... the last set I had wouldn't break at all....

Shyyre
10-31-2005, 09:02 AM
i used the alu power rough on an i.rad os and it was ok for a few weeks (5 hours a week), the strings wuoldn't move at all and then one day i get it out of my bag and they are all mushy (loose, no where near as much bite). that said, i was NEVER close to breaking them.

Rabbit
10-31-2005, 09:05 AM
Before using Alu power, I used Timo 18 and they break fast...15 hours max. No with the alu I'm all confused.... the last set I had wouldn't break at all....

Well, ALU is a little softer and a little thicker.

A guy I string for was going through Kirschbaum in about 4 sets. I strung a frame for him with TIMO, he was unable to break it. I mention this because I've only broken 5 or 6 sets of TIMO in the years I played with it. The guy I string for is now using Prince Polygut with string savers! I cut the TIMO out when it went dead.

IMO, most all Lux strings go dead within 10 - 20 hours max. It never was a problem with me, I just accepted it as the way things were. I've since been using gut and find the playing life much longer and cheaper. For the winter, I'm going to a multi which won't last as long, but plays pretty good too.

Fatmike
10-31-2005, 09:15 AM
Thanks all for your imput, next time I won't wait as long to restring. But since I've been a string breaker over the last few months, I was waiting for the alu to broke too. (and I've already broke 2 sets of alu).
I've also notice that they lost the caracteristic "ping" song they make after a few weeks. Could that be an indicator of the strings being dead?

Richie Rich
10-31-2005, 02:01 PM
like you said earlier, Mike, the strings will lose their playability and you'll notice you are spraying balls and the strings will feel mushy. that's the clue to cut them out.

fastdunn
10-31-2005, 03:03 PM
IMO, most all Lux strings go dead within 10 - 20 hours max. It never was a problem with me, I just accepted it as the way things were. I've since been using gut and find the playing life much longer and cheaper. For the winter, I'm going to a multi which won't last as long, but plays pretty good too.

I'm using crsip multi's (17g or 16L) and I pop them usually
within 20 - 40 hours. How long do you think gut's playability
last compared to multi's ? (I'm using LF supreme/Yonex 850)..

Thanks,
fastDunn

doriancito
10-31-2005, 04:27 PM
will luxilon ever make gut?

FormerPro
11-01-2005, 07:41 AM
Don't confuse "going dead" with losing tension.

Fatmike
11-01-2005, 08:13 AM
Don't confuse "going dead" with losing tension.

no, tension was still nice

Jeff488
11-01-2005, 03:03 PM
no, tension was still nice

A pro stringer explained to me that the string bed will still feel stiff because poly strings are stiff. After 15 - 25 hrs of play they lose tension (up to about 35%) and their "springiness" and that's why they feel dead.