Any way to loosen strings?

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  1. stormholloway

    stormholloway Legend

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    How can I loosen the strings on my racquet once they're on there? Would heat and humidity work to stretch them out a bit? I'm looking for an alternative besides hitting balls.
     
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  2. tennis-skater

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    ive put my racket on the ground and stepped on the strings and it didnt seem to hurt the racket
     
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  3. stormholloway

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    hmm... I'm looking for a less violent way.

    Bump.
     
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  4. plarazza

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    Well Paes seemed to think it was ok during his Tennis Masters Cup doubles match
     
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  5. josephhkim

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    Actually, the stepping on the strings thing works very well. I do it every time to sorta even out tension and stretch out the strings.

    Doesn't hurt the racket.
     
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  6. plarazza

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    unless you jump all over it like a mad monkey haha
     
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  7. Redflea

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    I've done it as well...you need to be careful, but it's fine, and did seem to help.
     
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  8. stormholloway

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    Hmm... should I step with all my weight or just push?
     
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  9. Athans87

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    Insert string savers, then remove them after letting the racquet sit for a while.
     
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  10. Fishbulb

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    I saw Nadia Petrova jump on the strings of her racquet to loosen up the tension, seems to have worked!
     
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  11. Redflea

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    I don't stand on it w/both feet...put one foot in the middle of the string bed, on the ball of my foot, and then slowly shift weight from my foot on the ground to the one on the strings...do that a few times and see how it feels.
     
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  12. stormholloway

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    ok, thanks guys.

    you wear shoes?
     
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  13. Redflea

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    Not in the shower....definitely on the tennis court. ;)

    Yeah...wear sneaks.
     
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  14. alan-n

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    Yep, thats the quickest way to loosen up your tension. You'll see some pros at the lower level tournaments that aren't able to afford new strung racquet every ball change loosen their tension by laying the racquet on the ground and giving it a careful gentle shoe + partial body weight over the string bed.
     
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  15. patrick922

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    bang the strings on the net post or stairwell or something, or heat and humidity does the trick... but wouldnt standing on it make the frame break in the middle since the grip is slightly elevated? you need to do it on a bench or something so that only the face of the racquet is laying face down and is flush with the surface
     
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  16. Jupiter Jazz

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    Hmmm

    What I do is put the string bed of the racket 4 or 5 inches above a pot of boiling water. This way it gets the humidity it needs. I tried the stepping thing and I could never get the tension I wanted...it was never loose enough.
     
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  17. cluckcluck

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    Stepping on the stringbed works fine. Been doing it for years.
     
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  18. TimothyO

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    When my sons and I build models together we use a blow drier to soften ill-fitting parts. These plastic parts are much thicker than plastic (nylon and polyester) tennis strings but become very malleable.
     
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  19. JackB1

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    does this really work? how long do u hold it there?
     
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  20. Mr.Lob

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    I've read leaving your raquet in your car, on a 90 degree day, for 2 hours. Or , putting 70 pounds of weight on strings, while leaving raquet outside, in 80 degree heat for 6 hours.
     
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  21. jacp

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    Depends

    Hi,
    Answer depends on what do you want to achieve.
    If you just want to "break them in" to accelerate initial, after stringing tension loss then you can try stepping on it as suggested.
    If you tension is way too high and hurts your elbow or plays like board then forget it, cut it out.
    I tried pretty much everything: standing on it for long time after heating up with hair dryer, stack of bricks in bright sunlight etc.
    If second case is yours sorry to be bearer of bad news.
    Jack
     
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  22. Bhairava

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    I currently use three methods, the safest one is to step on the string with all my weight, it works for let the string bed stabilize losing 1-3lbs depending on string softness.
    another one is to move up and down the crosses strings,they will lose some little tension.
    the more powerful method,but that will kill some or the string lifetime, is to heat it up with a "hair dryer" dunno the English term. Heating it with the hottest air flow for 1min,on both sides,with the racquet put on floor. Just after heating let step another time with your foot. With this method you will lose much more tension,but you will have to change the string quicker.it is good if the stringbed is nearly unplayable,it is good in instead of cutting it out ;-)
    last,you could leave it on sun for 30minutes-some hours. It is more gentle and it will simulate a hotter day temperature than usual. With black strings the effect is more powerful.anyway it let you lose few lbs in a more smooth way :)
     
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  23. Irvin

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    Is this the proper technique?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raBUHYaXvBg

    EDIT: I suggest you have your racket restrung at a lower tension and / or use a softer string.
     
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  24. PhrygianDominant

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    I do it too. Just enough pressure on the strings to feel some flex. Couple times.

    Classical Guitar strings are also made out of nylon and carbon and they need a good stretch when new.
     
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