Dead Poly

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  1. schenkelini

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    I restrung my racket last night after some kind posters indicated that the poly was most assuredly dead. It got me to thinking. If poly will die in a racket once it is strung even without playing(this was mentioned in the previous thread), does it die if it sits on the shelf too long? I have some poly string that is over a year old that I have not used yet.
     
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  2. Fedace

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    Return it for Full refund...
     
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  3. diredesire

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    IMHO, don't overthink the string life, it'll sit on a shelf and still play fine provided you don't make it brittle by leaving it in the sunlight, etc.

    I think a lot of players string poly much tighter than they should, and then the boardiness is a double whammy, at that point ;)
     
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  4. ronalditop

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    All of the people I know and play with that play with polys use them till they break, and that can take up to 3 months. A poly stringjob lasts me about 1 month. I dont understand why people often say polys go dead just in a few hours and then play like crap. To me the only difference is that as the stringjob gets old, it feels softer and a little more powerful, but nothing else.
     
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  5. schenkelini

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    Well it will be interesting when I play next if everything starts going in again. If I were to explain what I was feeling it would be that the strings were not griping the ball the way they did. I was not able to generate same amount of spin and the balls on both serves and ground strokes were sailing.
    It began to happen gradually and got progressively worse. I began noticing it at about the 2 1/2 month mark and last night at 3 months I restrung it.
     
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  6. pmerk34

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    Some of them, are just wannabe's. Seriously if you are cutting your strings after 2 hour's you'd better be playing for money. For 99% if us if the strings loosen up then just put a little more spin on the ball.
     
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  7. AlpineCadet

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    As for any string, once the elasticity is gone, the strings won't be as forgiving as a fresh job. Polyester strings die the fastest, and I would restring often. My limit is 3-4 hitting days or ~10 hours max.
     
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  8. fruitytennis1

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    3 1/2 to break poly. By then it feels mushy... You dont know the feeling till they get that bad.
     
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  9. schenkelini

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    I played a match tonight. I haven't played this well since I came back to the game. I am glad I have a stringer so I can restring every month and a half or so.
     
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    I think the poly needs to be stretched out before it can die. The only way string can die quickly on the shelf is with sunlight. I keep all my strings in a shoebox in my closet(cool, dark and dry).
     
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  11. I.M. Beck

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    Did you ever actually try playing with dead strings? I actually prefer it.
     
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    ^Yeah, he did (not to be a creeper or anything).

    I typically try to restring my poly's/poly hybrids after about a month or two. I don't get to hit the courts all that much, so I'd say that I get about 15-20 hours out of a poly hybrid, which, IMO, is pretty good. The only polyester that I cut out before 5 hours was Technifiber Polyspin... that stuff lost tension like crazy.
     
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  13. meowmix

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    Good for you!!! :)

    Keep in mind, however, that tennis is a very mental game. If you THINK that you're going to play better, then you probably will. Just saying :twisted:
     
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  14. schenkelini

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    For me the dead strings caused everything to go out, both serves and ground strokes.
     
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  15. schenkelini

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    I know what you mean, but it is more than that.
     
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