frequent restringing in winter

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  1. luvforty

    luvforty Banned

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    ogsm mains/ nylon crosses 55-59 lbs give or take.

    seems in the summer I can feel the lively response all the way till it breaks (7-8 hours)... but in the winter outdoors, 2-3 hours later I can feel the ball 'sticks' to the strings and doesn't want to bounce out.

    tried to keep using the dead bed and elbow didn't like it.... so I have been cutting them out after 2-3 hours.

    thoughts?
     
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  2. Samo

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    Strings get stiffer as temperature drops (and vice versa). So presuming you play in colder conditions than in summer I would suggest, you should drop couple of lbs.
     
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  3. luvforty

    luvforty Banned

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    yeah thought about that... my observation is -

    a synthetic like the OGSM, has ~ 8lbs of drop off... i.e. fresh string @56, slowly drops to about @48 and stay there till it breaks..

    I have tried 55-59 initial tension... seems the 'ball sticking to the strings' dead feel comes roughly after 2-3 hours, regardless of tension.
     
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  4. mikeler

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    Try a softer multifilament string in the winter:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=352048
     
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  5. slowfox

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    In my experience, OGSM is good except during winter. Any other time I get good playability with it, but when it's cold... fuggedaboutit.
     
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  6. Overheadsmash

    Overheadsmash Semi-Pro

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    I will go multi mains poly crosses in winter, but full poly in the dog days of summer. It's true you need to string a little looser in the winter.

    I've been doing well with TF X-1 Biphase 16 mains and TF Red Code 18 crosses this winter.

    I can thank Mikeler for turning me on to the biphase. Great stuff.
     
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  7. mikeler

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    I'm going to try out a full job of biphase again next month. This time I'll prestretch it and string it tighter. Such an amazing string when fresh.
     
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  8. Nostradamus

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    Agree, I actually feel like I get better control in the winter due to stiffer tension or feel . LOL This is still amazing to me because these polys and multi strings aren't supposed to be affected by weather or temperature. :)

    I have more problems in the Summer time, I get into Control issues with these looser feeling strings. How do I compensate other than stringing it tighter ?
     
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  9. fuzz nation

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    I also like to drop tension in the colder months - I string with 16 ga. syn. gut. A 4-5 lb. drop is good for me, but I have to see whether that holds true with my Gosen string.
     
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  10. fortun8son

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    They are not affected by moisture, but are most definitely affected by temperature, as are the frame and balls... and your joints. :)
     
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  11. struggle

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    OGSM 17, 58#. (Radical MP)

    Cold weather sticks strung at 45#.

    works well for me
     
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