String for now or string for later ?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by tball, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. tball

    tball Semi-Pro

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    I've been baffled by how bad my stringjobs feel if I play the same day I string, or even the next day. Only after about a 1 good hitting session (~3 hours), they start feeling normal for me. Sometimes they feel so bad, I put the racquet down, and do no play with it for a week or two. Then I pick it up again, and the problem is gone -- no more boardiness. Everything feels normal.

    I wonder if I am just stringing too tight. This summer, I used mostly poly hybrids. But even some multis produced the same effect.

    My question is: for professionals, do they string to play immediately?
    And then, do they expect the feel to be perfect right off the stringer?

    And for non-professionals, what do you do: do you string "for now" or "for later"?
     
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  2. struggle

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    i keep a few sticks at different "ages" yet all strung "the same".
    i'm not too particular but i do like options and once they are dead, well... that becomes the "new" one.

    edit: I'm not much of a string breaker. My plan may not work for the bashers.
     
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  3. Irvin

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    If players were not planning on playing with a racket why would they have one strung during a match? Maybe if you don't like the fell of a freshly stung racket you're having it strung too tight too fast. Maybe there is a reason some people like the JET method of stringing where the racket is strung at lower tensions being pulling for a longer period of time.

    I have a customer that breaks strings about every two weeks.he has three rackets and has one strung as soon as it breaks then plays through the other two and has them strung before he plays withe the one. So the racket sits for about a month before he plays with it and he likes it right out of the bag. He does not like a freshly strung racket.
     
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  4. mikeler

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    I like to let my rackets sit for at least 24 hours if possible so that the initial tension loss can take place.
     
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  5. McLovin

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    I'm kinda in that boat, only that they sit for ~ 2 weeks.

    Other than when playing a tournament, I like to have the racquet I'm playing with, a fresh one, and then the one I was playing with, that I will restring once I move to the fresh one (I use the old one when coaching or hitting w/ the kids/wife).
     
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    I have 3 rackets but I use the same one until the strings get close to breaking. So the normal protocol is that after restringing a racket, I won't use it again for about 4 weeks.

    By the way, I will be up in your neck of the woods October 17 through 24th. Once I know our schedule a little bit better, I'll shoot you an e-mail.
     
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  7. Ramon

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    Tension always drops off drastically for the first 24 hours, then it levels off. It may still decline after that, but not nearly as fast. I let my racquets sit for at least 24 hours after stringing. Preferably, I'd like them to sit for at least 48 hours. I noticed one string that I thought was average after 24 hours, but after I played with it again after 72 hours, it was much better because it had more bite on the ball and didn't move as much. I think that some strings require that kind of time to get settled so they don't move as much.
     
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  8. Woolybugger

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    same here. feels better after the initial tension loss.
     
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  9. tball

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    OK. So the options are:
    1. String normal tension, and wait for 2 weeks before playing.
    ( I do find that strings play a lot sweeter after sitting for about 2 weeks.)
    2. String differently for playing the next day. How differently, I wonder?
    10% down from normal ? 20% down? JET method? Try to clamp off faster (to preserve resilience) or to wait longer to let the machine stretch the string? Has anyone developed a good recipe for this second (~ professional) scenario?

    The reason that I am asking is that I am afraid that, in case of polys, I am only starting to play with them when they are way past their prime, and maybe even gone dead. I did notice that a "playability window" on some polys is very small. They are unbearable the day after I string, are very sweet a week later, but if I wait too long, many of them "freeze up", and become boardy and dead again. I wonder if poly is supposed to be at its best a few hours after stringing, and I am missing this window, and not experiencing the full design potential of those strings?
     
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  10. Irvin

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    Try the JET method, if you have not already, you may love it.
     
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  11. Woolybugger

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    I use RPM blast/Xcel hybrid at 52/58 and it feels the best after sitting for 3 days. I can play with it for 2 weeks (2hrs/day) then it goes dead. Usually the Xcel cross breaks at the same time, otherwise I cut it out.
     
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  12. kopfan

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    I think it depend on the strings and i always had hybrid setup with multi or syn gut on crosses. When i had luxilon poly and ashaway kevlar on main, the string never played properly even i try leaving it for a month after strung. Only after rallying at least 3~4 hrs, the feel of the string is alive. When i had tourna and babolat poly on main, strung n left it overnight, it will play ok. My guess is that some poly need longer break in time to be a little more flex.
     
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  13. cluckcluck

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    I love the JET method, gives it that "not fresh off the machine feel" and the durability lasts for hours upon hours of play.
    Where do you get yours done?
     
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  14. schap02

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    i usually string 2 at a time and keep everything numbered so i am the same with the ages, find it comes in handy due to climate/wind or how lazy I am playing
     
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    At pro tourneys, when the workflow allowed, I would always offer the option of "night before" or "morning of" stringing. The player preference was pretty much split, with full-poly bed players leaning towards "night before" and hybrids "morning of".
     
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