I have always played with the same side of the racquet for the forehand and the other side for the backhand. So I hit my forehand, serve, overhead on one side of the strings, backhand (which is weaker on the other side of the strings. Now I am rotating the racquet face every other time I come out to play to get a more even play pattern on the strings. Strings are lasting longer now. Says this, there will break next time out!!!