View Full Version : Paes stepping on his strings

11-13-2005, 10:38 AM
Just saw Leander Paes stepping on the strings in his racquet right before he served. Take it he was trying to loosen the strings a bit but does anyone else do this? What is the downside?

11-13-2005, 11:06 AM
there's no downside if you want to seat your strings and soften the stringbed a hair..suggest you put the frame on a towel or something before you step in it.

11-13-2005, 11:16 AM
If you weight 300 lbs you may not want to step on strings.

11-13-2005, 11:17 AM
My old coach used to do that. He said it stretches thes strings, loosening up the bed and giving you a bigger sweetspot. It's good for strings that play better after losing some tension. I would think the downside to this is that strings break faster.

11-13-2005, 11:42 AM
He did not put his entire weight on the racquet and probably sees more fresh stringjobs in a month than I have in 25 yrs. Thanks for the reply

11-13-2005, 12:05 PM
I have seen a number of tour pros doing this. I was under the impression that they were doing this soften up polys.

11-13-2005, 12:57 PM
I've done this several times before, and yes, the purpose is to loosen the string. Sometimes for various reasons the stringing job turns out tighter than you'd like. I weigh almost 170 lbs and I put my entire weight on it. It doesn't, or at least hasn't, damage the racquet. Of course, I would do this only to my own rackets.

Da One
11-13-2005, 05:31 PM
Yea, I know of some pro shops that do that when customers complain that they strung their racquets too tight

11-13-2005, 06:13 PM
I read about this on this very board. Someone called it poststretching (as opposed to prestretching). :)

Mahboob Khan
11-13-2005, 06:24 PM
Pros have many rackets. So, breaking a frame here and there is not a problem.

Yes, some time the strings feel tighter, or the player himself feels weak and wants more punch from the strings, in this situation he steps on his stringsbed to loosen it up!

11-13-2005, 06:28 PM
Musta worked, Paes stepped up and he and his partner won this match.