Is it my stroke or the string?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by ihaveaquestion, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. ihaveaquestion

    ihaveaquestion New User

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    Well, I heard from people saying that I should change the string regularly, because if not, it would lose the gripe/bite and whatever ball you are hitting is just going straight to the net.

    I can tell at impact whether a ball is well-hit...or just straight to the net, but yet the stroke is the same. So is it the string or my own technique.

    I've been playing with my current string for 5 weeks, gosen polylon. Not exactly a grippy string to begin with.
     
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  2. Valjean

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    If the string gripes at the ball, as you say it does, I would give it a good talking to next time.
     
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    Depending on numbers of hours you have on the string, it may be dead already. That's dead as in no more elasticity. Now that's a gripe!
     
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  4. fortun8son

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    5 weeks for Polyon... hmm.
    I vote dead.
    It's cheap enough, restring it or fork out a few $$ for something that plays better, longer...like SPPP or Big Hitter.
     
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  5. Hi I'm Ray

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    Say you have two rackets with the same Polylon string in it, one freshly strung and one with old string that is dead. Using the same strokes, you will probably see a difference in your shots between the new and dead poly. Polylon only lasts about 5-6 hours for me. Unless you only play a little more than 1 hour a week, it is probably long dead at 5 weeks.
     
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  6. ihaveaquestion

    ihaveaquestion New User

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    Thanks for the feedback so far.

    I normally don't change out the string until it's broken. So it could be very well dead, but I keep playing simply because it's still on the frame.

    I don't have two racquet to do the comparison...that's the bummer.

    But does a dead string do what I described earlier? Send ball straight to the net? I do have some other strings to play test with (turna big hitter and gosen micro sheep)...currently using a full bed of polylon. Yes, it's stiff.
     
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  7. Hi I'm Ray

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    Well polys die in different ways - usually they may either loosen up over time, tighten up, lose resiliency and no longer snap back, or a combo of those which can result in a loss of power, spin, and control. lts been a while since I used polylon, but if I remember correctly it loses a lot of tension and spin when it dies. The change can be drastic and you'll likely end up hitting long or into the net.

    Have you used a full bed of just plain syn gut or multi at a higher tension before? The reason I ask is because if given the choice between playing with a syn gut/multi or poly for several weeks, I'd much rather play with the syn gut/multi than a poly that dies in the first week or two (assuming the strings don't break). Syn/multi has much better feel, power, and comfort that poly IMO, and when compared to DEAD poly I'd also say it would have better spin and control.

    Dead poly is also a hazard to your arm.
     
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  8. Valjean

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    "Dead poly is also a hazard to your arm" too!
     
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