View Full Version : Bad string job?

07-10-2006, 10:49 PM
Now I've had several string jobs but this one was the worst. I got my racquet strung at a local pro shop and I had my racquets strung with Super Smash Honey (from TW). First day felt kind of weird but not to bad. I noticed that the strings were also moving quite a bit; almost as much as syn gut would be moving. I thought this was pretty weird because poly strings shouldnt really be moving much or not at all. After about 6-8 hrs of play (day 4) the strings broke (I'll admit that it was a mishit,) but I dont think SSH strings should have broken that easily, I've mishit harder on MUCH softer strings before and have never broken them. On my other 2 racquets, after only 4-6 hrs of play the strings already felt extremely loose. I was struggling to keep the ball in place on shots with average pace and it feels like there is no pop nor can I hear the pop on flatter shots.

I had them strung them at 62lbs.

Do you guys think this was a bad string job?

07-10-2006, 10:53 PM
it could be but then again, if you've never played with the string, you may not know the playing characteristics and that may be how it plays. if you've used it for a while, then you shoudl be able to tell for yoruself.

07-10-2006, 10:59 PM
About 99% of the time I get my racquet strung with SSH. I just wanted to make sure that I'm not crazy.

07-11-2006, 02:49 AM
Want a good idea? If you like a string a shop won't carry just for you, plan on getting your own stringing machine.

07-11-2006, 06:15 AM
A stiff string tends to be less forgiving on shear type mishit near the edge of the frame. :cool:

07-11-2006, 06:38 AM
Could be many factors. Could be that that set of string was faulty (it happens time to time), could be the string job was bad, could be other reasons. One thing you can do (though it doesn't necessarily determine a bad string job or not) is get a tension meter and check that the stringer strung the racquet at the correct tension you requested. I usually find when I get a bad string job, it's because the tension is incorrect or they kept breaking the string while stringing and strung it anyway with multiple pieces, which is more likely to create and inconsistent stringbed.

07-11-2006, 07:24 AM
Polys loose tension quicker than other strings so that's normal. In addition polys are more prone to breaking on mishits because they are stiffer. Think of how skyscrapers are built with a little bit of flexibility. If they were stiffer they'd crack or break.

07-11-2006, 12:18 PM
My third racquet was strung with syngut and its pretty loose after only 4-6hrs of play.

07-14-2006, 01:54 PM
I wouldn't call it a pro shop then.

More like a local amateur shop. :D

07-14-2006, 04:49 PM
does this pro shop have a certified stringer?