broke my first set of strings today!

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  1. autumn_leaf

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    so after 6 years of playing I finally broke my first stringbed.note that i usually cut out the strings when they start moving around a lot and i start spraying shots.

    my facebook status currently reads:

    broke my first set of strings today! losing this part of my innocense was a fleeting experience, leaving me with little to remember by XD!

    lol. i just wanted to share my this with my fellow TT community. i was deciding if i wanted to cut the strings out a month ago because i was playing crappily, but decided to suck it up because it was probably just me. and it was, today i was destroying 70% of the sitters where as i usually shank like 70% of them into the fence. few mishits, and anything short to my forehand got punished. Unfortunately one shanked forehand return serve ended this racquet's play for the rest of the match.

    the strings i had in the racquet was Pro Supex Spiral Flex @ 61lbs that I strung up probably in late September. it probably had around 40+ hrs of playing time on it. i know many people on this board could've broke this string in around 2-10 hrs, but i'm not that consistent with my shots and this was proven when looking at the stringbed. the entire bed of strings was notched half way through on almost cross section. yikes.... hopefully it'll be more concentrated next time.

    i have a bed of lux alu m/ vs gut x that came with my used racquet (wilson kfive) that feels pretty good (a lot softer than i thought it would be, first natural gut of any kinda i hit with, hope i don't get addicted to it, cause i can't afford it lol). though it was strung around August of last year there's hardly any wear on it. wonder how long it will take me to break this set up.
     
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  2. Austinthecity

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    Congrats. =]

    I wish I had to cut out strings... would save me a bit of money.
     
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  3. mikeler

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    When you start breaking them every 2 or 3 matches, you won't get as excited!
     
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  4. pvaudio

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    Well, I'll give you this: I've never broken a poly string. Multi filament, however...that's another story. I play multi's until they become like cotton:

    [​IMG]

    My go-to multi of choice: NRG2 17.
     
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  5. pvaudio

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    When multi's get frayed like that they play OH so good. Soft like a multi, but bite like a freakin snapping turtle :lol:
     
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  6. pvaudio

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    Oh and just for the record: spiral flex is a pretty durable syn gut, so don't feel too bad. If you were using something like GSG, Forten Sweet or Sheep Micro, then you might have a problem if it takes you 40 hrs :)
     
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  7. David123

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    haha grats! two strings at once lol
     
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  8. autumn_leaf

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    Well I did play og micro before, usually cut those out because they started feeling dull after a while. My friend broke the micro in 2 sets (2hrs).

    Also. Score in the match was 6-1 2-6 6-3
     
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  9. JavierP.R

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    Congratulations! Your life just became a little bit more expensive!
     
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  10. pvaudio

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    I'm not surprised. It's a fairly stiff string, but it is my favorite syn gut. I don't even carry PSGD or GSG since they both play like crap when compared to OG Micro and Forten Sweet (the two best syn guts money can buy, IMO).

    I wanna go play tennis now so badly, but there's no courts open :cry:
     
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  11. pvaudio

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    Telling you, NRG2 in an AG100 at 62lbs is probably my favorite non-poly setup. It freaking bites the ball like a lion. However, I do use fully poly now and I cannot even believe a full bed of Spiky Shark 17 at 60/60. So soft, yet so much spin!
     
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  12. genius24

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    congrats. i wish i had to cut strings too.:)
     
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  13. pvaudio

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    OMG I was exactly the same way. I was so envious and thought that it was so cool that players hit so hard that they broke their strings! Now I play full poly so that I don't end up forking over 10+ bucks for a great set of multi for each of my 4 frames :???:
     
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  14. autumn_leaf

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    Aww. Don't feel bad guys, hey if ya want we can trade our tennis skills and you won't have problems with breaking strings at all (well at this rate you'll have to deal with it once or maybe even twice a year lol) .

    As for being more expensive, I bought a lot of reels because I string for the local teams, each stringing cost me around $4 + 1hr of time. I would prolly save more money if I waited to break a string, no more excuses, the strings aren't dead, it's me!! Well maybe except for poly, the spiral flex played well till the end though, maybe a weird pinging noise when just bouncing the ball, but still a solid thud when striking a ball.
     
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  15. autumn_leaf

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    Double post.
     
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  16. pvaudio

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    Spiral flex is a very unique syn gut, I'll give you that. Put it in a cross with Cyber Blue or MSV Hex and any frame looks menacing. :twisted:
     
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  17. mikeler

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    I broke the og micro 17g after 14 games. That is a record for me.
     
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  18. pvaudio

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    Personal record for me is breaking Laserfibre Supernatural Gut Pro Stock after 15 minutes during the warmup. Now, the string isn't that durable, but that's ****ing pathetic since it snapped on the main 2 from the center (not at a grommet or knot). Had I strung it, I would have assumed that it broke from my error, but it was the last set of string that I had strung externally, and considering the person who did it (the girl who strings for the Purdue women's team and half the men's team) is...experienced, I'm blaming string error/defect because no one is that talented. Previous record was a set of GSG 18 done after a set and a service game (Dunlop 300G HM, strung at 63) back in early high school.
     
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  19. karophiteblu

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    haha i broke 3 at once. and every other string was broken. these were luxilon alu power spin after like 3 weeks. and it took 1 shot lol
    as u can see...[​IMG]
     
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  20. baek57

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    That's only because you're stringing too tight to begin with.
     
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  21. mikeler

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    I've broken it during a warm up, but that was a stringer error (not me). I have been doing my own stringing for 2 years now so I know my work is fine.
     
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    Congrates on popping your cherry!
     
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  23. Mansewerz

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    pvaudio, is your AG100 stock?
     
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  24. autumn_leaf

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    well i went on my vacation for a tennis tournament (first match on sunday) and my first day practicing i broke another set, i thought it was gonna go. lasted my ~20 hrs / 2-3 weeks. broke 3 strings on a clean hit dead in the center. guess this sport just got a tad bit more expensive lol.
     
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