Are my strings dead?

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  1. slicefox

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    I have this Wilson racquet with some unknown strings (got it as a gift so I don't know). I've been playing with the same thing for about 3 years, and I don't know If I need to be getting new strings or not. When I try do some of the spins, the strings tend to warp and bend out of the pattern, so I just move them back with my hand. Is it time to get some new strings? How close are those to being dead? And, how do I test to see if strings are still good (tension etc.) ?

    Thanks.
     
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  2. bank5

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    If you play at least once a week and are a 3.0 or above, I'd probably replace them. If you just play every once in a while for fun, they're probably not worth replacing.
     
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  3. federer envies me

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    your strings are probably dead. if you have had them for more than 2 months and play frequently you strings will be dead.
     
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  4. tbini87

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    3 years?? they are definitely dead! that doesn't mean that you can't still use them, it just means lots of tension has been lost and playability is probably horrible. but restringing would only help!
     
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    three years is a long time my dad plays ocasionaly and his strings died in 6 months so 3 years is definetly time
     
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  6. Steve Huff

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    They have lost their elasticity. Not only do they move a lot, they will eventually hurt your arm (if you play enough).
     
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  7. slicefox

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    I'm about level 4.5. I used to play lots last year (almost every day) for about 3 months and then I stopped because I didn't have anyone to play with anymore. I started getting into it again now though.

    The thing I'm worried about right now is that if I get new strings that would mess up my style. I'm used to it hitting this way (not very far) and I'm worried that if I switch to new strings I will over hit all the time. Is that a problem with replacing strings?
     
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  8. shintan17

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    It's weird. If you were a 4.5 player, I don't think you would ask the question like that. Of course, the string is dead in 3 years. Most people play at 4.5 usually break or change the string every two weeks or a month, probably depending on what kind of string you use.

    I am around 3.5-4.0 and I usually break my string every two weeks if I play a lot like 3-4 times a week for a few hours, if not, still probably only lasts about a month.
     
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  9. slicefox

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    Man, you guys serious? You probably use crappy strings or something... I hit balls as hard as I can and I've never seen strings broken. I'm seriously a 4.5; I can curve serves, and do consistent slices and top spins. I don't know what you're talking about broken strings.... never seen it happen.
     
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  10. texastornado

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    isn't there some rule of thumb that number of times played per week = number of restrung per year?

    You might be using a tournament nylon though, I pulled out my 12y/o prestrung $15 off the shelf racket a couple days ago and I was still able to hit "as hard as I can" with topspin and slice while curving serves. course the only reason i whipped that baby out was cause i usually break multi's and syn gut's every 1-2wks in my regular rackets.

    back to your original question, string movement doesn't necessarily denote the end of your strings lifespan. My strings usually stop moving after the first hour or two from the notches I put in them. The only real way to tell is if you experience a drop in playability. Are your shots starting to sail long or eat the net frequently? Are you having to adjust your stroke to compensate for your strings? If so your strings may have lost tension or elasticity and may need to be changed.

    I agree with shintan though, most 4.5 players can probably tell when their strings need to be changed. The amount of time inbetween their restringings will probably vary depending on their playing style though. (I know a few 4.5s who have a flatter stroke who don't restring nearly as often as I do and I think I'm a weak 4.0)
     
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  11. cukoo

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    Been playing with "this Wilson racquet" with "unknown strings" that havent broken for 3 years doesnt really make your previous post believible...
    LOL, nice
     
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  12. texastornado

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    my bad on the previous post, my mains do move, my crosses stop moving after they notch the mains, most of the time anyway
     
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  13. federer envies me

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    no offense slicefox, but you know nothing about strings/stringing
     
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  14. Nuke

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    slicefox, my mind is boggled by the ideas that you're a 4.5 player and hit the ball as hard as you can, yet you have never broken a string and have no idea that three-year-old strings are dead. Wow.
     
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  15. Clintspin

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    SliceFox you are obviously having fun messing with us.
     
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    lol.........
     
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  17. lethalfang

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    1) You're either making up a new moniker and playing joke on this board, or
    2) You've no clue about tennis.

    I've no idea which one.
     
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  18. Loco4Tennis

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    to everyone here, when was the last time you came across a 4.5 player that did not know exactly what kind of racquet he/she is using, and slicefox even said he played with it for 3 years
    i know hs girls 3.0 that know the grip size on their babolats
    this dudes just playin!!!
     
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  19. slicefox

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    no chit, that's why I'm here! :p :p :p
     
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  20. slicefox

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    Dude, nobody has ever taught me anything about tennis. I've never had a tennis lesson in my life. The way I learned was just practicing by hitting against the wall, and experimenting a lot, learning from my mistakes. Just because I can't tell grip size from a mile away doesn't mean I don't know how to play.

    Here's what a 4.5 player is according to USTA:

    Tell me what part in that description you think I can't do.
     
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  21. gjoc

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    Dude, I hate to be the one to burst your bubble, and no offense intended here, but you’re probably a 3.0, if not a 2.5.

    The “characteristics” that USTA publishes are very confusing and disingenuous, imo, because they cause just this type of gross misunderstanding.

    Your correct “rating” is simply a handicap number, if you want to call it that (kind of like in golf), that merely indicates your ability level in terms of your ability to win matches against other rated players.

    In other words, your correct rating is the same as the computer rating of someone that you play more-or-less evenly with.

    A computer rating gets set from the computer comparing, at the end of each year, everyone in league play to everyone else (either directly or indirectly) in accordance with all of the match results that year in the USTA NTRP leagues and tournaments.

    USTA has a booklet called the NTRP Guidebook that you might want to read.

    Here are a couple of salient points that the guidebook mentions:

    Play somebody in your area that has a computer rating and see how you do.

    When you find somebody you play against more-or-less evenly (i.e., you don’t know for sure ahead of time who will win each time), you’ll know your correct level.

    EDIT: Oh, and your strings are dead and need to be replaced.
     
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  22. lethalfang

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    There's no 4.5 who hits as hard as he can, and does not break the string in 1/2 month.
     
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  23. lioneldude

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    Just change the strings. Then you'll know if you are really that good or are just comfortable with dead old strings.
     
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  24. slicefox

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    I just went there tonight. I got some Wilson strings for $20 that were made of nylon and they were hexagonal for extra spin. They string for free too, so that's cool. I gotta pick up my racket Friday night, and I'll tell you how that goes.
    And dude, trust me. I've even let my brother hit it as hard as he could a bunch of times and it didn't break... and he can bench press 240LB so it's not weak sauce.

    As for the rating, I haven't seen anyone (in real life) play better than I can. I've seen guys/gals at the highschool varsity team and they SUCK BALLS (tennis balls, that is)
     
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  25. lethalfang

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    ^^^
    That post made it clear that you've been joking this entire thread. Good job. It took me a while to recognize that.
     
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  26. Owfred

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    I hope that you did not go to a general sporting goods store to have your racquet restrung. They generally do not do a good job (personal experience). I broke a set within the first week after a string job.

    Im afraid that your self-rating is based on the fact that the amount of proficient tennis players in your area is relatively low. A 4.5 level is really high for most people, including people who have been playing for several years. A 4.5 player will surely break strings since the spin and technique required for the strokes will wear down the strings. Strings are not broken by power alone, but by the topspin you use when playing. If you feel that you are the best at your HS, it may be you are from a less skilled school, much like I was when I was in HS. Check out this thread to see how hard it really is to get to 4.5: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=151450&page=2 .

    If no one is challenging you or no one is your level, consider joining a 4.5 league and see how you fare.
     
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  27. Nuke

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    slicefox, you are very funny. Are we to suppose this is the first time you've ever had a racquet strung? My troll alarm is going nuts on this thread.
     
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  28. origmarm

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    This thread
    Clearly a joke
    Nuff said
     
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  29. nickb

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    LOL....you will be top 10 in the world with new strings :D
     
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    Indeed. Troll city. No other explanation, other than blind inexperience and self evaluation.
     
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  31. slicefox

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    Dude, you're a joke. Enough said.
     
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    Why don't you come out here to Seattle and I'll smash you with some slices.:p
     
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  33. arnz

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    Did you buy a semi Western grip along with the new strings?
     
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  34. slicefox

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    no, my hands are fine.
     
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    If slicefox thinks hes a 4.5 in his world then let him believe it.
     
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  36. lethalfang

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    Why would you buy the semi-western grip, when you can buy the FULL western grip?
     
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    Tell me what a 4.5 is in your word and then I'll reconsider. USTA descriptions are a little vague and so I chose the one that most accurately describes my playing style.
     
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  38. slicefox

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    WTF is a western grip?
     
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  39. slicefox

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    oh nevermind... I already use the Western tennis grip. You're hilarious, you know that?
     
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  40. lethalfang

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    Which one?
    Most grips now are Eastern grips, because they're all made in China.
     
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  41. damasta55

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    don't make fun of the op.... the strings are probably dead, but that does not mean it's not playable.
     
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  42. lethalfang

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    ^^^

    Can't you see the OP is making fun of everyone else in this thread?
     
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    PURE GOLD:p :D :eek:
     
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  44. slicefox

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    Maybe if they had Down's Syndrome they WOULD see that I'm making fun of everyone... otherwise, no.
     
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  45. nickb

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    Care to explain how you would "smash" me with your slices?
     
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  46. XxduckxX

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    id be careful i think his slices have top spin on then >_<
     
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    Seattle High schools suck at tennis. Go to Kentwood and you'll get your *** handed to you by a 5.0+ 15 year old.
     
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    Were you by any chance the kid hitting on the wall in the movie "Gummo?"
     
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  49. slicefox

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    top spin is for pussies. (that's not a bad word, they let that on the radio)
    all the tennis coaches teach their students to do topspin and nothing else. they don't harness the power of the slice. My slices also have a little side spin, so they bounce off to the side when they hit the ground.

    topspin = bad
    slice = good
    topspin + slice = best
     
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    I live in Bellevue (9 miles away) and I go to bellevue high. My school won state in football 5 times in a row.
     
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