Racket Fatigue?

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  1. tennisplayer132

    tennisplayer132 New User

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    I heard somewhere somebody mention that rackets can fatigue and wear down? Is that possible and how can you tell? and how does that affect your game?
     
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  2. gpt

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    probably just a ploy to sell more racquets.
     
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  4. coloskier

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    Like any material, racket material will break down. Some last longer than others, and the type of game you play is also a factor. The more shock you put on the racket, the quicker it will start to get microfractures and start to flex more.
     
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  5. furyoku_tennis

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    racquets wear down when you use them, string them, and definitely when you abuse them. its a natural process. however, they can last for years without a problem, while being consistently used.
     
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  6. Lefty78

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    coloskier and furyoku both bring up good points,
    my 2 cents is that if you have to ask the questions...
    ...you don't need to worry about it.
     
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  7. Zielmann

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    My thought EXACTLY!!!

    But to clarify for the OP:
    Yes, it does happen. No, it doesn't really matter that much cause you aren't going to notice it. It's such a slow process, and you'd only notice the difference if you were able to use a brand-new version of your several-years-old frame.

    My frames are 6-8 years old. I'm sure that they have degraded somewhat from what they were to start with, but they still feel good to me. Thus I'm not concerned about it at all.

    Do we need to get a sticky up with answers to common myths/questions like this? Or maybe if people just used the search function...
     
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  8. furyoku_tennis

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    ^^^i'm starting to think that the answers to common myths/questions sticky might actually be a good idea. it appears most people don't know how to use the search function for some strange reason.
     
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  9. Deuce

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    ^ Yeah - that's pretty much the translation of my earlier post in this thread.
    To get this information and explanation on this topic, people can, as you mentioned, use the search function.
    Or, alternately, they can simply use their common sense.
     
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  10. lenderbender

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    just to backup this point I've been using my radical mp for about 5 years now I'm pretty sure its noticeably flexier compared to a new one
     
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  11. gpt

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    Any change will be slow and unnoticeable. As it is your racquet will feel changed at different altitudes, different ambient temperatures, and at different humidity levels. Your body adjusts to different tennis balls, progressive tennis ball wear, restrings, grip wear, head wear, tension loosening and so many other things.

    ANY RACQUET FATIGUE WILL NOT MAKE YOUR RACQUET UNUSABLE.

    Your racquet may become more flexible over time but you wont notice it from one day to the next.

    Metal suffers from fatigue and Connors was using ancient T2000's that had been around for years.
     
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  12. zane

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    All these posts are correct, but I remember when I was younger and my parents were buying my racquets I used this excuse all the time. I had seen something in Tennis Magazine saying that the breakdown occurred in about two years at 4-5 practice/week conditions. It got me 4 new racquets during my high school years. Now that I'm a poor college student I am sticking to the idea that they will last much longer without any significantly noticeable changes, which I understood all along, but that didn't get my parents to buy me any new racquets.
     
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  13. Zielmann

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    Lucky. Only racquets my parents bought for me were the two junior racquets i went through, and my first full-sized frame. After that point, it was all me. Hence buying my other frames used to save money. And also not changing racquets now for some 6 or 7 years...
     
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