Stringing for the weather

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  1. origmarm

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    Hello all,

    Interested to hear people's advice on stringing for different weather conditions. I mention this as I'm currently in Portugal which is significantly hotter than London :). I have noticed that the tension loss has been greatly accelerated and I can't think of anything to attribute it to other than the hotter weather. Given this I feel I will probably go up 2lbs but interested to hear other's take on this...

    So what do people recommend as a change moving cold to hot weather? Or is it just in my head?

    Cheers, Orig
     
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  2. mikeler

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    I play in the Florida heat and don't notice any difference in tension loss. My strings seem to last longer in the summer though. The ball also travels through the air much quicker unless there is oppressive humidity. So I think 2 lbs might also help you control the juiced ball in addition to your tension loss. Good luck and enjoy your trip.
     
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    As an update I can confirm that I am indeed losing tension quicker, not by much though, about 15% quicker if you believe my Gamma STT that I have with me.

    Thanks Mikeler for the suggestions. I'm actually going through string quicker out here as I'm on the red clay and it's chewing up the string (and staining my shoes permanently!).
     
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    There are plenty of players who change tension with the temperature, humidity and also whether playing indoors or out. If it's a dry heat I believe the air density will be lower and therefore the ball will likely fly further give all other variables being the same. Obviously humidity will change this somewhat. (I am in no terms a geographer or meteorologist so please put me right if what I have said is nonsense!)

    Essentially whether it's just in your head or actually an issue if you feel a difference then making a change up in tension will likely help - placebo effect or actual difference!

    Ash
     
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    Yes, that gritty clay will cause more abrasion on your strings. Enjoy those red stains, I've never played on it and wish I could complain about it!
     
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    Same i live in sarasota florida where its 90-100 everyday of the summer.
     
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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    Ash, I've strung a lot in the past (I have an "office" job now :( ) but people have always told me what they want so I'm interested in some detail if you have a mo re the changes people make indoors to outdoors also. Go higher indoors?

    I'm going to string up 2-3lbs higher probably tomorrow and will report back
     
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    Hey Orig

    Yeah, what we've found in tournament stringing is that players coming from an outdoor event to an indoor tend to prefer going up a few pounds. Usually because the indoor events have no wind or adverse conditions to contend with and the ball tends to travel faster through the air indoors, plus often the indoor surfaces are quicker - carpet and acryllics and so on. Therefore going up a few pounds help maintain consistency from outdoors to indoors and compensate a little for the differences off the court and through the air.

    Hope that helps!

    Ash
     
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    Thanks Ash, that's what I suspected but good to hear from someone who has experience stringing at the tournaments. I've only strung at tournaments travelling with two guys and they knew what they wanted! (my bros!) :)
     
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