Tension Loss for Freshly Strung Racquet

Discussion in 'Strings' started by PhilStar!, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. PhilStar!

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    Does anyone experience noticeable tension loss for a freshly strung racquet that haven't been used for weeks?

    Meaning, if you strung your racquet 2 weeks ago (lets say at 60lbs) and haven't used it yet, decide to hit with it today and it feels like 53 lbs.

    Is there a way to prevent tension loss for freshly strung racquets that you're not planning on using for weeks? ( I do see players wrap them in clear plastic bags but some people don't believe it do anything special )
     
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  2. db10s

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    That's why some people pre stretch string.

    The plastic bags aren't intended to do anything, besides advertise the stringer or add a professional look.
     
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  3. PhilStar!

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    but I think the bags help prevent humidity build-up if you natural gut strings? (but I guess thats not what I'm concern with since I use mostly polys)
     
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  4. esgee48

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    Once tension is applied to the string, it will start relaxing to relief that stress. This results in tension loss. Pre-stretching a little only lessens the tension loss, but could result in a more boardy feel from the string bed. The short answer to your question is No.
     
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  5. uk_skippy

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    Strings start to loss tension immediately after stringing. Tension lost will depend on what string you've used. Poly will lose about 20%, Syn guts about 10%, and natural gut 5%. They will also settle after the initial loss.

    If you're not planning to use the rqt within a few days of it being strung, then get it strung nearer the time to you using it.

    Regards

    paul
     
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