Stringsavers: What Is Their Effect?

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  1. WileyCoyote

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    I strung my Juice 100 with Pacific Tough Gut at 55/58 full bed and really liked it. I look for ball pocketing/dwell time and this certainly provides it. It certainly had a LOT of power and felt great.

    In order to make it last a bit longer as the fraying began, I installed a number of the Babolat string savers in what I think is the sweet spot of the piece--about a 6 main by 6 cross area

    For sure, they tightened up the string bed and it plays crisper than it did earlier, but other than that, it still feels pretty much like it did before with a bit less power.

    I have read posts where some folks think the string savers hurt the feel and will not use them.

    What do the rest of you think about using string savers?

    Harry
     
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  2. TonyB

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    Only real effect of string savers is that they help reduce fraying and wear.

    Some people claim they tighten up the stringbed by a few pounds, but that depends on how many savers you install. If you only put in a few, then it won't have any effect. If you put in 10 or more, then you might notice a slightly tighter stringbed.

    I like them for multifilament and natural gut strings. For other strings, I don't bother.
     
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  3. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Shouldn't affect much, unless you go nuts glitter it up on your stringbed.
     
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  4. slowfox

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    They make you play like Sampras.
     
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  5. Ramon

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    I've tried the Babolat Elastocross string savers. They do what they are supposed to do, which is to give you a little more time when your strings look like they are about to pop. I don't particularly like the side effects. I used them on multifilaments, and it seems the strings move more and give less spin. That's why I no longer use them.
     
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  6. souledge

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    They reduce spin on natural gut as well?
     
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  7. Uvijek Argen

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    Im full bed natural gut user for the past year and yes I notice a difference when put some string savers. I dont use them anymore since I wax my strings with a canddle before and after playing. It works wonders, it keep the string moist and doesnt dry up. (I avoid playing clay courts)
     
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  8. Mongolmike

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    Just curious, is that legal to add a substance like candle wax to strings before a match? Is there any limitation to adding a material/substance to the string bed?
     
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  9. pvaudio

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    There is no reason why it would be illegal in this case. Adding things into the stringbed, however, is different.
     
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  10. Adidas_Anderson

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    I find it helps grips the ball a little bit more , depends on the string is it grippy itself :/
     
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  11. Mongolmike

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    Ok... just conversationally tho... couldn't/wouldn't the wax be imparted onto the ball as a foreign substance? And what is the limit to what a person could apply to the strings before it was deemed illegal? Grease? Apply super glue then sprinkle some sort of grit onto the glue?

    I understand WHY wax would help maintain the natural gut, I'm just curious/surprised that it is allowed to be applied AFTER it is strung. Again, not trying to be a jerk, just wondering.
     
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  12. pvaudio

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    As far as I am aware, the rule is anything placed or woven into the stringbed above the bottom cross is illegal. I presume that stringsavers are therefore excluded from this rule. Spraying things on strings is nothing new or unusual. It's when things are placed into the stringbed that comments are raised.
     
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  13. Uvijek Argen

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    Its all good Mongolmike, Im not the right person to know if its illegal or not. I do it like you said "to maintain the natural gut". But what i can said is that doenst add anything to playability, doesnt make "spin more the ball" or any of that mumble jumble. Its just make the gut more durable.
     
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  14. Mongolmike

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    Ok, thanks... I understand. Now, again out of curiosity, what type of stuff is sprayed on strings and for what purpose?

    I tell you what... if I was playing USTA or a tourney and inbetween sets I see my opponent applying or spraying something onto his string bed.... I think I'd notify an official for clarification. Just doesn't seem right, but I certainly don't know all the rules.
     
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  15. Mongolmike

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    Yeah, and for the price of gut, anything to help is good. I suppose wax might help keep moisture off the gut too.. like from humidity or sweat.... I certainly wouldn't play with gut when it is a little damp out, even with the coating on some of the guts.
     
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  16. pvaudio

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    You can buy dry alcohol based lubricants on e Bay designed for the purpose. There was also an article (which the subjects of which wanted to part of) where it was stated that pros are using silicone spray on their stringbeds.
     
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  17. Readers

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    Hi PV, on that topic, I am half way though my 5 bottle of performaxx, and stringpro's **** store is gone now/ is there a particular one you would suggest to replace them?
     
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  18. pvaudio

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    I honestly have no idea, I only had a demo bottle of it and didn't particularly think it made any difference (was using WT/CoFocus at the time).
     
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  19. Readers

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    Well, I use full bad gut, and they don't move(or snap back in place) if I use it...

    Guess I will try some cheap silicone spray once I do run out.
     
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    a. The hitting surface of the racket shall be flat and consist of a pattern of crossed strings connected to a frame and alternately interlaced or bonded where they cross; and the stringing pattern shall be generally uniform, and in particular not less dense in the center than in any other area. The racket shall be designed and strung such that the playing characteristics are identical on both faces. The strings shall be free of attached objects and protrusions other than those utilized solely and specifically to limit or prevent wear and tear or vibration, and which are reasonable in size and placement for such purposes.
    No mention of wax or silicone, though they would appear to fall under the exception.
    That may be a slippery slope, however.:)
     
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  21. Readers

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    They are not objects in the first place, else stencils, which are not even used to prevent wear and tear or vibration, would be illegal.
     
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  22. fortun8son

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    I was just clarifying the rule concerning stringsavers and making a small jest.
    Tournaments may have their own rules concerning lubricants applied during a match... or maybe not.
    Does sweat count?:)
     
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  23. Readers

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    Apply it before you go, they will never know :twisted:

    Plus it's hard to rule against it if they allow for stencil.
     
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  24. Orion3

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    OP- a lot depends what stringsavers you use.

    I'd only recommend babolat elastocrosses. From my experiences with gut (full bed or poly hybrid) they improve both spin and string life. They are made for Teflon and allow the strings to move and snap back. They also increase the tension of e string bed by a couple of pounds.
     
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  25. mikeler

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    I use the silicone spray on a new string job. With a multifilament, it does help the strings snap back in place for a longer period of time. I'm too lazy/scared to apply it before every match.
     
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  26. Bobby Jr

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    For the vast majority of players string savers have no discernible functional effect other than to make the tension a little bit higher.
     
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  27. Backhanded Compliment

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    I use them at crosses 4 and 5 at the tip of the head. I find they improve my twist second serve and add a more little action that I lost when I went to a poly/gut hybrid. Poly mains.
     
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