do string savers effect playability at all?

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  1. Mbautista

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    just wondering
     
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  2. ClubHoUno

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    Yes they do make the string bed a bit more harsh in feel.

    Especially when you use many of them in your string bed.
    It also depends on how much of a feel and touch player you are.

    I use natural gut in most of my racquets, and according to many have an excessive amount of string savers installed - I have 32 in most of my racquets, and although it does affect playability and feel some, I get 2-3 times the longevity out of my natural gut strings compared to if I didn't play with string savers at all and probably twice the amount of playing time with a much smaller amount of string savers installed.

    It's still the string that hit the ball first and NOT the string savers - in my view the string savers only make the string bed a bit stiffer (in my case probably 2 lbs stiffer). I agree that 20 % or so of the string savers get into direct contact with the ball, when you hit the sweet spot, where I have most of mine installed - but I can live with it as it gives me 12-15 hours of playing time instead of 3-4 hours without the string savers installed.

    I only use Babolat Teflon Elastocross string savers - all the other string savers you can buy are utter useless junk in my view :D
     
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  3. AlpineCadet

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    If each string saver has a width of 1mm, and 10 string savers have been installed along one cross string, then you've increased string tension by 1cm.
     
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    ^^^ yup, you've then stretched it an extra 1 inch. however, to me, it feels like the extra tension only lasts for a hitting session, then it returns to normal. however, I wouldnt advise putting on more than 3 string savers on each main, as it starts taking out the feel of the stringbend and makes it harsher.
     
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  5. Fedace

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    Harsh,,,Not harsh, it makes the string bed feel more Stiff, more boardy if you will. The reason is this, string savers will raise the tension by about 2 lbs especially in the middle strings. and it will resist moving so you will be able to put more topspin on your shots.
     
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  6. ClubHoUno

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    Okidoki :D

    Maybe harsh is not the right word to use in this context.

    As you say, it makes the string bed feel a bit stiffer.

    I've accustomed to this by now and prefer it that way - don't know if I get extra topspin but I hit with a semi western forehand and full eastern one handed backhand and I get a decent amount of spin on my shots, so maybe it's the extra string savers that do it....don't quite know :lol:

    I just like getting 12-15 hours out of my Babolat VS Team 17 and VS Touch 16 natural gut.
     
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  7. KenB

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    Do the Math Properly!

    That added length calculation is all wrong! The string savers offset the strings perpendicular to their centerline. So - the new length is governed by the Pythagorean theorem, as applied to the distance between adjacent mains (or crosses), according to: New Length = Sqrt(Old Length^2 + Saver Offset^2).

    Bottom line - any length change is VERY small (and hence, any tension change)!
     
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  8. AlpineCadet

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    But we're not trying to find the "new length" of the string. Try using string savers then get back to us, because using just 5 of them on one cross string definitely stiffens up the string bed.

    :lol:
     
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  9. Fedace

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    Same reason why Pete Sampras uses string savers
     
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