What does SPPP feel like when it's gone dead?

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  1. armand

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    Right now it feels like the 17 gauge in my 001 is of a thicker gauge than the 16 gauge in my Ti-80. Dunno if this is because I customized my racquet.

    Anyway, it still plays great, but I don't want to keep wondering, so any info would be helpful. Thanks much.
     
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  2. Midlife crisis

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    I've played the 1.29 SPPP for as long as 40-50 hours. The change in elasticity is pretty gradual and not that noticeable, but right near the end I seemed to have a little bit of elbow/wrist irritation after playing, and seemed to have lost a little bit of ball control consistency. When I replaced the strings with the same 1.29 SPPP, it clearly felt softer, more consistent, and more powerful. I've since made it a general rule to change it out after about 40 hours or so, which is around two months or so for me.
     
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  3. Richie Rich

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    40 hours is good. i usually notice the performance and feel drop of at about 20 hours - but I haven't hit with SPPP yet. i'll have to string my racquet up with it next and see how long i get.
     
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    I've a reel of SPPP 17L. If you only use it on one racquet, the change in feel may be too gradual for some to notice a significant difference. However, if you're in tune with it reaching the end of its life, you'll find that it begins to play like a trampoline with balls starting to spray around, and have a slight bit of trouble with directional control.
     
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    Thanks for the response dudes. Wow, 50 hours!
     
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    I haven't noticed a significant drop in play, but the strings get notched and begin to move more.
     
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    Aye, I wanted to ask about string movement. Do the strings begin to move as the life of the strings go on? Is the movement tension related? I have my 001 90 strung at 61.5lbs and I don't think the strings would move unless there was a really big drop in tension but I dunno.

    Please shed light, somebody
     
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  8. Midlife crisis

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    You're talking about SPPP, right? I've noticed that after about 15-20 hours, they start to move a little bit, enough to notice but not enough to need straightening. After about 40 hours or so, they start to slide around a little bit more, and then I'll straighten the strings every couple of minutes. It's about that time when I cut the strings out. On my racquet, I use 67 or 68 pounds of tension in a 115 sq. in. head.
     
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    Wow Midlife, thanks for all your help today! I owe you a 12 pack :cool:
     
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    Nah, you can do me a favor by trying Kirschbaum P2 after using SPPP and telling me what you think about it. Tennis Warehouse has it for $9.30 a pack, only $.40 more than SPPP.
     
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