String setup 10 year old

Discussion in 'Junior League & Tournament Talk' started by ga tennis, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. 10ismom

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    Mine started with NXT16 at ~8-10yr old. When she started breaking that too often we went to hybrid poly-NXT. I think for your daughter current age and stage, soft copoly-multi in Babolat at low tension is fine.
    My 13 yr old is quite strong and developed physically but we will not risk her with a full bed poly yet. (maybe OK if I can afford cutting it out every 8 hr) We are trying this natural gut-copoly, not as harsh and lasted longer than copoly- multi at this stage. She hits regularly with D1 players for hitting lessons.
     
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  2. ga tennis

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    Are you guys in Georgia?
     
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  3. 10ismom

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    You have to guess.
     
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  4. ga tennis

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    I guess YES???
     
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  5. 10ismom

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    Maybe "yes" maybe "no". Tennis moms are everywhere : )
     
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  6. ga tennis

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    At my daughters old academy we had a really good 13 year old name Adrianna Riley. Do you know her? Shes pretty good.
     
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  7. 10ismom

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    I heard of a lot of good kids in Southern section. I heard she's very good. Does she want to be a pro like your daughter?
     
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  8. ga tennis

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    Yes she wants to play pro. She plays the 16s and 18s.
     
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  9. 10ismom

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    We will probably see more pros coming from Georgia then. Anyhow, good luck with your daughter and keep her healthy!
     
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  10. ga tennis

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    Thanks!!! In 6 or 7 years you will see a few professional girls coming outta the Peach state.
     
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  11. 2ManyAces

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    At age 10, I played with Babolat Addiction or Babolat Pro Hurricane. Good strings for spin production, but that could be bad for your arm.

    I'd recommend a synthetic gut or multifilament for now.
     
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  12. drakulie

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    at 10 years old, no one, other than longevity, is getting anything from using a poly string.

    Laughable how parents claim to want to provide the best tools for thier kids to succeed, and claim to want to look after the well-being of them, and then give them the lowest powered, most uncomfortable string in the world, thus making everything harder for them. To further add insult to injury, letting them play for countless hours, days, and even weeks with a string that has gone absoluetly dead about two days after it was strung.

    I've strung for so many kids who's parents force poly on them to save a buck, and end up with a kid that is side-lined or playing with "dead arm".
     
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  13. cluckcluck

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    Well said, syngut or gut. Kevlar even.
     
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  14. tennis_ocd

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    Kevlar is even worse than poly for one's arm. imo and experience poly is a poor choice for anyone not restringing after a few hours of play. Players with iron arms like it because the pros use it, it probably has the potential to generate the most spin and it lasts forever. Reality is that it losses tension within hours, slowly goes dead and probably gives a player wildly different feels if restringing every 10 - 20 hours (those who mistakenly believe they are staying on top of the string's degradation.)

    If you're not going to restring poly after every match/hitting session there are really only three choices:
    - use a multi and accept string breakage and restringing as part of the game
    - pony up and try gut and see if you get a few extra hours
    - play around with hybrids and get a few extra hours
     
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  15. barringer97

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    Is there a good rule of thumb when to restring for juniors (ages 8-12) that play a lot?
     
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  16. gameboy

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    If you string with natural gut, you don't have to worry about that. You play till it breaks.

    If you are playing with poly. I would just suggest switching to natural gut.
     
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  17. cluckcluck

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    We're talking juniors here.
     
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  18. tennis_ocd

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    ? Even a more compelling reason to stay away from stiff strings like poly and kevlar. They're either soft high school type hitters that could play a 1/2 year on natural gut or a synthetic (and maintain a relatively consistent tension) or serious, hard hitters that are at risk with poly and kevlar.

    Stiff strings are playing with fire; once ignited you've got real problems.
     
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  19. tennis_ocd

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    Put on a multi or synthetic and play till it breaks.

    (Economically, if you have deep pockets or look at some analysis that takes into account stringing costs, time and price, one could make an argument for nat gut but I simply can't fathom the idea of buying the stuff for an 8 yo.)
     
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  20. gameboy

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    Why not? I strung my daughter's first real racquet with natural gut when she was 6 years old. She never broke it. I would have had to replace the synthetic at least every 6 months or so just because they lose their resiliency. Once I strung it with gut she was good to go forever (until it breaks).

    She (10 years old) just moved to PD Lite and it has a full bed of gut. She has been playing with it the entire summer league/clinic play and while it is frayed, it will probably last another 3 to 4 months at least.

    It costs me ~$30 (much less when I was using Global Gut) per string job as I string all racquets myself. Economically, it is a no brainer when you factor in how friendly it is to her arm.

    P.S. I also have strung my wife's racquet with a full bed of gut and it has lasted over 2 years. For non string breakers, I don't see why anyone strings anything but gut.
     
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