most of the time, strings importance is WAYYYYY overrated?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Rozroz, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. sansaephanh

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    Nice kiteboard! wanna be my coach? been looking to get back into tennis shape! lol.
     
  2. Muppet

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    Nice catch. I think I'll just leave it as is and see if anyone takes me to task on the unintentional double meaning.

    edit: Upon further reflection, I went back and fixed it up.
     
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  3. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    re String breaking- my 16 year old son does not yet hit as hard as me, although he gives it a pretty big rip. We both play 'modern' type games, he is a national top 50 Junior, I'm an open tournament player and coach.
    However, he breaks WAY more strings than I do. Why?
    We think it is because he hits more off centre balls than me (stands to reason)

    At one point, he was going through a set of ALU every week..

    I hardly ever break a string.

    re the importance of strings- I dunno, anymore. I am pretty gear focussed and have some clear preferences. However, last night I was down at the courts with (yet another) one of my children for his lesson (NEVER coach your own kids!) when his coach's next lesson didn't show.
    He asked if I would like a hit to fill in the space while my son had a shower, so I borrowed one of his old frames for a hit. (we are league team mates and tournament dubs partners)

    (he has a Wilson sponsorship so there are always mountains of frames lying around his courts!)

    It was a really, really battered BLX six.one TEAM with some original-from-Wilson-out-of-the-plastic-bag-in-2010 nylon of some kind in it. So, nothing like my set up and probably at least 12 months old.

    How was it? It was great! I played really well, we had a really great hit and I found no issues with the stick at all..

    so, do strings matter? maybe, if you think they do...
     
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  4. mad dog1

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    sorry...i only read the first couple of posts and didn't bother to read the rest.
     
  5. fortun8son

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    I'm sure you are of decent descent.
    Would the opposite be decent ascent, or indecent descent?:)
     
  6. Rozroz

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    and then you have an example like this..
    which again, makes you wonder..
     
  7. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    it was a real wake up call for me.

    I dunno, I think a huge amount of tennis is psychological (well, duh!) and that includes equipment.

    I love my racquet/string combo, and believe it to be all conquering.

    but is that just because I believe in it, so I am confident and therefore play better?

    The other night I was relaxed and loose, playing with a good friend with no pressure.

    so, confident, and therefore playing better...

    does that mean I could go out and play with a Big Bubba strung with NXT at 70lbs? Well, no, I think there are spec ranges that suit ppl, and even with the crappy old string, the six.one.team isn't that far off my PB 9s, just a bit lighter really.

    But as for the original question? Ye, I think the importance of strings is often overrated.

    (but I'll still be buying my reels of cyclone and obsessing over tension! :))
     
  8. Muppet

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    I think decent descent sounds right for me.
     
  9. SVP

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    Hey, how come none of you sports fans caught my "condenscencion" mis-spelling? I thought for sure one of you would have hoisted me on my petard for that error.

    Wow. First I get jumped as being some kind of language supremacist, then when I try to explain myself I'm accused of being a reverse racist. I guess I've succeeded in running the gamut. Props to me. You TW message boardists are the best!
     
  10. Logic Dude

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    It was probably because we don't care to point out minor flaws that are irrelevant to the point being addressed. Your misspelling did not affect the point you were trying to get across.
     
  11. pvaudio

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    That's because nobody cares that you misspelled a word. Only you seemed to.
     
  12. danotje

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    I think I agree with this line of thought. I recently got back from CA where I hit for about an hour or so with my brother in law. He was a college player about 5 years ago and still has tons of game. We used his racquets--2 POGs with 5 yr old syn gut, and 2 BLX Blades with 2 yr old syn gut (one barely used). The POGs were tough to play with, but I really enjoyed the Wilsons. For reference, I play a 7G with either full poly or a hybrid and have my own stringer. The Wilsons' strings were always out of place and surely had lost their tension, but I hit well with them--comparable to my normal set up. That being said, I wondered what they'd be like with a fresh string job and new grips (what reakky made the POGs tough).

    In the end, I think strings matter to a certain extent, perhaps due to the mental part and confidence. Maybe we just don't focus on the equipment when we know it's right? However, with solid technique, most people can play their game reasonably well with anything. Just pick up an old wooden racquet with 12 gauge string and see.
     

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