restringing - how often and why?

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  1. tom-selleck

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    i see that suggestion about getting racquet strung the same # of times per year as you play per week.... so play 4 times a week, get your racquet strung every three months... was wondering if that rule is applicable to 12 month play in southern climates or 6 month play in 4 season climates.

    wondering what are the main reasons to get racquet restrung, other than obvious string breakage.

    i understand that the tension decreases although apparently it does this quite rapidly so if you are extremely serious, get your racquet strung constantly or like federer, play 3 racquets per match.

    my KEY QUESTION though is in terms of topspin.... will the strings progressively give less topspin as they become more worn??? it seems to me the answer is yes, but i'm not sure.

    thanks in advance.
     
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  2. TwistServe

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    I restring on Mondays, once a week if the string hasn't popped yet but sometimes it already popped.. I do this beause I want an accurate tension reading on the strings .. If the strings hasnt popped but I don't restring on Monday, I risk the string breaking on tues/wednesday
     
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  3. nViATi

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    the reason is that over time strings get less resilient over time.
     
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  4. tom-selleck

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    what is resiliency???

    how does that effect power (or "pop") and spin??

    took my babolat PD to get restrung yesterday even though the strings hadn't popped (but very deep notches in strings in a couple of places)...

    the reason i took the racquet in was that i noticed i'm not getting sufficient spin on my serve or when i hit from inside the baseline..

    but wasn't sure if it was my imagination or if the spin potential rapidly decreases with use.

    feel wimpy that i don't break the strings in 2-3 months of use. i hear other guys breaking strings every session.... at least it's cheaper LOL
     
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  5. TennsDog

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    Resiliency is the ability of strings to deform at impact and then rapidly snap back into place. A really resilient string will deform a good bit (this adds grip and spin), then quickly move back and have somewhat of a catapult effect on the ball (this adds power). It can depend on the string too. Some strings have kind of texture, whether intentional or otherwise, that can wear off with use and expose the inner layers and tend to be smoother. Also, as they become worn and lose tension, they will move more, which gives less spin, because some of the energy from the shot goes into moving the strings instead of the ball.

    As for your question regarding how often to string: I think you need to restring your racket as soon as you feel a difference in play that you don't like. If they lose tension and become springy, you may lose control and a new stringjob would be in order. If they become dead and lose feel, again -- restring. If they move around too much and you lose spin and/or pop, then you should cut them out. It is more about feel and playability than just about how often you restring. If they feel great for you for a year, then keep em, no need to waste a set of strings because some rule says you should. I am cheap, so I don't usually cut them out before they break, but they also usually break before they really lose playability.
     
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  6. Guillote

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    I always wait for my strings to break... that would be about 2 weeks. IMO using multifilament strings doesn´t bother at all with quality when they go old... they just pop.
     
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  7. yodudedudeyo

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    man......ive been playing for years and NONE of my rackets have broken their strings when ive played with them yet. then, amazingly, the day i let my brother play with one of my rackets, and hes in 7th grade, he breaks the string. since im not breaking strings does that mean i should hit harder?
     
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  8. TennsDog

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    You shouldn't hit harder than you are comfortable doing. Strings break from hitting shots with power and spin, mostly spin. If you hit medium-paced flat shots, you may never break strings. You may have a more traditional style while your brother may have a more modern style with big groundstrokes. If you want to break strings, hit hard and with lots of spin. A 17g string would help too.
     
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  9. Jon Hampton

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    I play with synthetic gut and I either play with it until it breaks, or get it restrung inside of two weeks. Tension loss is horrible with synthetic gut and strings start to loss a lot of tension in a week. I push it to two simply because I'm not made of money.
     
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  10. POGO

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    On syn. gut, I string when they pop. They never last me over two sets any way. For poly strings, I restring when they pop or after 3 weeks, which ever comes first.
     
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  11. Richie Rich

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    i'm with POGO on this one. 2 weeks for a poly/hybrid string job regardless of wear. The strings go dead after a while any way and lose playability.

    2 weeks of 8-10 hours a week is pretty good for me. syn gut would last 2 sets tops.
     
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  12. POGO

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    yup!! When poly mains start to move around like syn.gut, then it is pretty much time to restring.
     
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  13. tom-selleck

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    yeah, i noticed the strings don't move around that much when you get it strung, but after a certain amount of playing, they move all over the place (have that funny look after hitting topspin).
     
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  14. AndrewD

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    I play a reasonably high standard of tennis and, when younger, played top level junior comp. The only times I broke strings was when I used gut and it frayed out. Using synthetics I've never broken a string but find the tension goes way before that might happen. I hit relatively flat - enough spin to be safe but nothing excessive- and on centre. A lot of topspin players hit more frame in a match than I'll do in a year (one reason for them breaking strings) but that's just the nature of the different strokes. Breaking strings isn't the sign of a good player and it's no indication that you need to hit harder. If you're winning playing the way you are then be happy that it's cheaper for you than many others.
     
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  15. 1lsvr1

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    once a week .. wow .

    maybe once a month.. ;
     
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  16. fishuuuuu

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    I've gone back to using non-metallic strings.

    Before I used to pop strings once every two to three weeks. . . I am using string savers now so I will let you know how that goes. I play maybe 3 days a week for 2 hours a day.
     
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  17. zAllianceBmx

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    i get my racquet restrung whenever they pop. with synthetic gut i go through it in about 4 days of playing i guess. so i had to resort to something more durable since 20 bucks per string job kind of racks up right? when i get a stringer than i will be able to worry more of playability than durability even though the luxilon is a fine string
     
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