How often do you restring your racket?

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  1. TennisPlayer11

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
     
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  2. MChong

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    Simply put, whenever my strings break. Anywhere from a couple days of playing to two weeks.
     
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  3. Gaines Hillix

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    I restring if I notice a loss of control. I also check my strings with a stringmeter right after stringing and every couple of weeks and when they've lost 20% of their tension I'll restring. I'm not a big string breaker.
     
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  4. theace21

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    During the summer - every 4 to 5 days...
     
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  5. ffrpg

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    When the string breaks or when there's a lost in control. Usually about every 2-3 weeks.
     
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  6. TwistServe

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    I restring once every week or so.. Basically when the strings go dead or look like they're about to break. I don't like playing the string until they break because you lose lots of the pop, bite, and tension after the first week.
     
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  7. fist pump

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    I string frequently when i have a new racquet - to try to get the right string tension that will work for me .

    After that - i string til i feel loss of tension and control - i dont break strings quick so a string job multi can last a lot like months or two.
     
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  8. leog

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    I play about 5 times a week and restring about every 2--2.5 wks...
     
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  9. Bent

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    Every 2 to 6 weeks, depending on the strings.
     
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  10. BLiND

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    a). Depends on your level of play
    b). Depends on your head-size / string pattern
    c). Depends on your strings

    ...simple answer is, whenever you break a string, or number of times a year, equal to the number of times a week you play... which ever is sooner.
     
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  11. Bora

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    Ditto, that's exactly what I do. Most synthetic strings don't retain resiliance more than 5-7 hours when I play. Gut lasts maybe about 10-12 hours for me.
     
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  12. Redflea

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    The generic rule of thumb I've heard most often is as Blind says...take your weekly play frequency and make that your suggested (often noted as minimum) yearly restringing frequency.

    As noted, type of strings, type of play, and budget, etc., are factors.

    Most important for me is the amount to which I "feel" the change in my strings as time passes...if I'm hitting great and winning even though it's "time" to restring, I'll put it off for a while. If it ain't broke (or worn out) don't fix it.
     
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  13. JKenn12

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    Couple weeks depending on how often I play.
     
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  14. Sir

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    For those who restring every week:
    Is that due to bashing the ball, poor quality of the string or routine?

    *Edit* Or if you play not the way you want and blame the string :)
    (Sorry had to add that :D )
     
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  15. hummer23

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    my buddy absolutely rips the ball on every shot. ehavy topspin western forhand, huge topspin backhand, big serve, he rips through problend and other kevlar/syn gut hybrids in 4 hours for the most part. if i go out and hit with him on a weekend when we have a lot of time, im almost always carryinga frame or two of him to string up that night, after ive gotten my butt kicked in out matches. he really bashes the hell out of the ball.
     
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  16. newracketagain??

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    this might sound weird, but i LOVE the string when theyre just about to pop!

    theyre nothing better than playing with a nice stringjob thats just about to break!
     
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  17. fastdunn

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    I also use Stringometer and I re-string when its reading reaches low 40's for
    most nylon strings. (It starts with 50s right after I string).
    It's usually around 1 months (20-40 hours).

    Sometimes string breaks before this.
    I sometimes think about blindly re-string every month like some of my friends do.
     
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  18. Bora

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    I do have a long loopy swing that generates a ton of spin. It destroys strings quite fast. Last time I strung Gosen OG Sheep Micro for Mains, I think I broke it in the first set. I found that since the multifilaments can stretch a bit more they tend not to snap as fast as solid cores.
     
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  19. Rabbit

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    Same here. Using polys (TIMO), you notice a sharp drop in performance before breakage. This is mitigated somewhat when using a hybrid, but still a factor when using a poly-like string.
     
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  20. mido

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    My son restrings between 8 and 20 hrs (2-5 days).
    Myself – up to 8 weeks.
     
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  21. Sweet-Spot

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    I average between 5-10 hours of play depending on the string. Usually it breaks as I do have heavy topspin but on the odd occasion I won't like the string or it has lost too much tension. I have a mahcine and more string than I could ever use in my lifetime so this isn't an issue Takes me about 18-20 mins to do a frame)
     
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  22. thatguymattin

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    I get my strings restrung when they feel dead or when they break. Stringing labor is expensive... and I have yet to purchase a stringing machine.
     
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  23. ilovetennis212

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    After around 20hrs play.
    Always felt I should restring after 10hrs play. But I can't spend too much money on Gut+luxilon.
    I only like the feel of first 10hrs play.

    Wilson six. one 95 2014
    Gut main / luxilon cross
     
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  24. CamG

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    Another thread being brought back from 9 yrs age:twisted:
     
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  25. Fuji

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    Lol!

    I restring a couple times a week, usually 2 or 3 depending on how much I'm hitting.

    -Fuji
     
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  26. LeeD

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    Depends of course. Rotating 3 rackets, the strings can last a while.
    Using ONE racket, when strings break or when I feel I'm losing power in my strokes.
    That hasn't happenned with SolincoTourBite16 at 47 lbs. in well over 70 hours of play.
    Was using it against a solid 5.5 in doubles last week, so I know it hit's hard enough.
     
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  27. djNEiGht

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    I string my poly beds when the string starts to need straightening.
    Multi/synthetic beds I'll let it go a bit longer due to the lack of snap back compared to poly. Natural gut I'll play till breakage.

    The above depends on how often I get to play. Usually hit from 3-5 times per week.

    Poly - 2 to 3 weeks
    Multi/Synthetic - Month

    Also when the feel starts to get harsh/dead.

    And last...if I need something to blame my loss...so stringing is frequent at times :)
     
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  28. tandringa

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    I restring every 5-8hours of play, after that the stringbed feels to stiff and dead for my sensitive arm. Playing with m: MSV Focus Hex / x: MSV Spin Plus. Usually it also breaks within 6-10 hours, depending on how much singles versus doubles i played

    And saying you restring every 3 weeks makes no sense of we dont know how much you play ;)
     
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  29. eelhc

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    +1.. what if the racquet sat in the closet for 3 weeks?

    I play Full Multi, Full SG, Multi/SG hybrid or Multi/Poly hybrid.

    Semiwestern grip and hit with topspin. I can play a full multi bed until the strings break but I restring when they fray and begin to move too much (~15-20hrs). With full SG, as soon as I start launching the ball (~10-15 Hrs), With the Hybrids closer to the what i get from a full multi bed.

    It's the winter season now and I am playing mostly doubles (court availability and cost) so I can get ~2-3x the play vs the durations above.

    I have 2 identical sticks for match play with the same string setup (1 at a higher tension) and 4 other sticks for practice/experimenting/hitting/casual play.
     
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  30. zapvor

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    almost never. i move on to the next frame
     
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  31. aced_Tezuka

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    For me, every couple of weeks. I'd like to do every week but my strings are usually fine for a little longer.
     
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  32. djNEiGht

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    then the racquets get a new string job :)
     
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  33. Suge

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    At minimum once a week (if I play that week)...
     
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  34. Irvin

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    Whenever I feel like it. If the strings ever move around I feel like it real quick.
     
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  35. Ronaldo

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    Ever re-string when the strings notch?
     
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  36. CarpetRyd

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    I usually play until the setup breaks. I play with a poly/syn gut setup, so the syn gut will get down to the core and then the poly will break! A few mentioned when the poly needs to get straightened -- This is usually when I love the setup, right up until the poly breaks... I would say if I'm hitting 4-5 days a week - I'll be stringing again in 2-3 weeks.
     
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  37. Irvin

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    I've never looked at my racket to see if they notch only customers. On my frames if the strings move, or don't feel right to me I change them.
     
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  38. Ronaldo

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    If, when moving the crosses I feel the mains notch, time for a re-string. Or after the warm-up with some Multis.
     
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  39. JetFlyr

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    19g poly.

    I restring every 6 hours or if there's notching or if I feel I'm not getting my usual "action" on the ball.
     
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  40. Ronaldo

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    Notched 18 gauge poly in the 1st hr. Just too thin, then the stringbed locks.
     
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  41. ElMagoElGato

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    Exactly the same while I'm using SPPP 17L (1.18mm).
     
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  42. daunvidch

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    Play them til they break, which is usually two-several sessions (within 1-2 weeks). Full bed of poly at 55 lbs in a Wilson Pro Staff 97. They do start getting mushy by like the 4th session if they even survive that long, but by then they are almost worn though, and I will just smash forehands til it breaks. For some reason, I can NEVER get myself to prematurely cut out a bed of strings. It just feels so wrong for me.
     
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  43. MrRandom247

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    Same. Mostly. Unless racket has been sitting around for many years.

    My 4 of fave PSC 6.1 where in the shed for years, I've restrung them all over 6 month period.
    2 had old Nylon - upgraded with poly mains & nylon x's, other thick syn. gut.
    1 was rested/unstrung - put Kirschbaum Po line II & Gosen OF sheep in X's - amazing solid underpowered beast.
    1 had 10 year old syn gut, broke them fast hitting briefly on forehands, not even notched.

    Pick up a few rackets with worn strings, hammer them until they break for fun.
    Picked up a Wilson BLX six.one 95 with ALU power mains, worn Nat Gut X's, broke crosses practicing smash on wall. Next string in the gun is Michael Change oversize precision graphite with worn duraflex.
     
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  44. wayne

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    When they break which is typically in a week.
     
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  45. bigserving

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    Interesting to see some of the old names that used to post around here.

    I string one frame for every tournament or competitive day that I play. Sometimes four frames in nine days. Then, as needed or wanted. About one frame per week.
     
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  46. Overheadsmash

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    I do it when my mains no longer have a quick and crisp snap-back. I pull the third main from the center and if it starts to move back slow I restring. I notice a loss of control about this time as well.
     
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  47. WarrenMP

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    Depends on the string set up. If I play multi/poly, I restring every other day. If I play poly, 2 weeks max. poly/multi, 1 week. It depends on my set up. I prefer to prestretch my strings, so I don't experience a great percentage of tension lost.
     
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  48. Mareqnyc

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    I always restring poly every 4-6hrs
     
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  49. kiteboard

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    LIsten to this guy.
     
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  50. WhETHANs

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    I usually restring it once every week or every 1.5 weeks approximately, usually it is at the very least 12 hours. By then it's notched pretty badly and lack of spin, or it has opened up noticeably and power is too great to control during matches. I don't often break strings because my string pattern is very dense and full polys lose characteristics quickly. I always restring before a tournament
     
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