Racquet change every Ball change ?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by rajeshafrica, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. rajeshafrica

    rajeshafrica New User

    Jul 10, 2008
    Some pros use a brand new racquet for every ball change. Does a New racquet make such difference. Could some one throw some light as to why the pros follow this practice.
  2. Pavlos

    Pavlos Rookie

    Jan 7, 2010
    It does. The way pros hit, string tension drops considerably in only a few games, and the same applies to the air pressure inside the ball as well as the amount of felt on its surface. New balls tend to fly faster and longer, so a tighter stringbed is required to maintain the same level of control.

    New balls also have more felt, which should make it somewhat easier to impart spin on the ball. Now whether higher tension means more spin is, I think, open to debate, but I believe convetional wisdom has it that the answer is positive.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2012
  3. Carolina Racquet

    Carolina Racquet Hall of Fame

    Nov 18, 2010
    I believe the pros who change to newly strung racquets right after or just before every ball change are following a routine that supports consistency.

    The racquet strings and the tennis balls change playability at the same rate.

    Makes sense for the top tier professionals, not for recreational players.
  4. athiker

    athiker Hall of Fame

    Dec 2, 2009
    Brings up an interesting question I haven't seen discussed and I'm not sure if the OP is referring to just new strings or an actual new racquet. About how often do top pros actually stop restringing a racquet and switch to a whole new racquet?
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2012
  5. Funbun

    Funbun Professional

    Aug 6, 2009
    I've read somewhere that it's usually up to about 30-40 racquets. I don't think they actually switch to new racquets until there's a new paintjob out, or they break it.

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