How do I prevent my Max 200G from warping?

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  1. max_brat

    max_brat New User

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    Hey forum,

    I have an original Max 200G that I just bought three months ago, and I want to make sure it doesn't warp like my other one. I'll explain what my racquet goes through in an almost daily routine:

    -Stays in my tennis bag in my air conditioned house or dorm room. If the heat comes on in my dorm room, I leave the box fan on so the breeze hits my bag a little to prevent warping
    -I don't smash it on the ground (unlike John McEnroe)
    -When I do fall (I have balance issues) it's usually on a clay-court, so it shouldn't damage it
    -The only thing I do differently from others is I practice on a racquetball court near my dorm. Will that cause warping?

    The racquet came recently strung with white Luxilon Big Banger at 55 lb, and I serve and volley with the racquet. I probably will change my strings either this winter or in the spring (I am a broke college student after all), and I don't hit hard enough to really change the tension in the strings too much.

    Let me know what I should do; I've already had one go bad; I don't want another.

    Thanks,
    Max_Brat
     
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  2. vsbabolat

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    Dont string it above 55lbs. Also it could be the person who strings your racquets might not being doing a good job. Also do yourself a favor, string as soon as possible with a nice multi or synthetic gut like by Prince or Gamma. You are robbing yourself of performance with that Luxilon in there.
     
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  3. MAX PLY

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    Agree with vsbabolat, as to tension and get that lux out of there. 48 lbs with 17 gauge gut and you will want to smoke a cigarette after playing.

    As for warping, during the many, many years the 200g was my racquet, I had more spooning than what I think of as warping and I assume that's what you may mean. I actually flipped the racquet each time I strung it and that seemed to help. Good luck.
     
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  4. Tamiya

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    they feel real bad on poly... I recently redid my fleet in Dunlop syngut & they're all sweet

    I can't do much to unwarp them so I dare say there's not much
    we can do to stop them warping... don't go over 55lb, keep cool
    & let them hang loose in your bag not all scrunched up

    & fans don't have cooling effect on inanimate objects that don't sweat,
    air movement only helps thermal energy transfer if there's a difference
    in temperature between object & ambient
     
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  5. max_brat

    max_brat New User

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    Thanks for the tips guys!
     
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  6. max

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    I've had a number of maxs and they never spooned or warped. One did snap when I shanked a serve return, though, back around 1989.
     
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  7. gavna

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    The spooning issue was one of the big negatives with the 200G - very common - the best way to prevent was keep tension below mid 50s (heck they play great at 50lbs and below) as VS stated.

    And yes remove the poly and slap a high end multi or even gut if you can.......
     
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  8. joe sch

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    This is the truth.
    Get that poly off and string with gut at <= 50 lbs and you will be rewarded with some classic old school feel, without concern of racket damage.
     
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  9. Tamiya

    Tamiya Semi-Pro

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    how much do yours bend before you call them spoons? :)

    amongst my fleet got 2 that are bent but not easily noticeable to naked eye,
    I measured them against straightedge to be about 3mm off true

    I strung them all up together identically to try see if there's any difference
    but they all play the same IMHO. Even which side of the spoon both same :twisted:
     
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  10. gavna

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    Warped is warped........just to hit around for fun not a bigge. But even a small bit of shape change will affect play.
     
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