Where Do You Break Your Strings on the String Bed?

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  1. Mighty Matteo

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    Where do you break your strings on the string bed? I know that people say to hit the ball on the center of your strings, but I always break my strings higher on the string bed. I don't ever break strings from framing shots and this is not so high that it could be because of the grommets. Its just three or four crosses from the center. Could it be the amount of topspin or the forehand grip I use? I use a semi-western grip and hit a good amount of topspin.
     
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  2. cluckcluck

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    I almost always break the main either L or R 4 at about H5 on a 16x19.
     
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  3. Maui19

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    I almost always break one of the two center mains, one or two strings below the center cross.
     
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  4. mikeler

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    I'm so bad at hitting the sweetspot, I can break just about any main except the side 2 ones. Some setups, the crosses break first usually in the top half of the bed.
     
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  5. Mighty Matteo

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    i'm a 5.0 Player who plays with polyester strings. I know that you get more power by hitting lower on the string bed, but do you get more control by hitting higher on the string bed? by the way, when i say lower, i mean in the direction of the butt cap and higher would be in the opposite direction.
     
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  6. ultradr

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    99% of time, mains, around the area slightly upper than the center of string bed.

    Of course when some anomalies happen, I pop crosses, or right near frame, or even outside frame and so on. But these rarely happen to me like freak accidents or due to bad string jobs and so on...
     
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  7. Capt. Willie

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    Usually anywhere from the center main to the second or third main in the upper third of the hoop. You know, I don't recall ever snapping a cross string.
     
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  8. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    A little higher than the center of the stringbed for me too. I put my string savers up high. 7th and 9th crosses counting from the top.
     
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  9. sphinx780

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    It's either the cross 2-3 above center or one of the center mains at that same cross spot. It's the one part of my game that is consistent.
     
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  10. xFullCourtTenniSx

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    Center and left. If you look at it from a contact point perspective,(where the sides 3 and 9 are the top and bottom), then I always snap them on center and a little higher.
     
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  11. Geology_Rocks!

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    ALWAYS the center cross for me.
     
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  12. anubis

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    around 12:00 at the hoop, one of the center mains
     
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  13. kopfan

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    Hybrid setup Poly/Syn or multi, break on middle cross. 99% of the time.
     
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  14. db10s

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    4 crosses from the top.
     
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  15. db10s

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    But on one of the middle mains.
     
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  16. J011yroger

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    From serving, dead center and high in the bed.

    From hitting topspin, a bit above center and 3-4 mains off center.

    From hitting flat, a bit above center and 1-2 mains off center.

    J
     
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  17. Fuji

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    For me it's a lot in the lower quarter of the bed. Mostly mains 2-3 at a time. I shank a lot on the bottom half of my frame so it's a lot of extra stress. I haven't broken on the upper quarter of the frame in probably a year.

    -Fuji
     
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  18. pvaudio

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    Here:
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  19. J011yroger

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    RIP Control?

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  20. db10s

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    I think so... I can't remember if RIP frays like that though...
     
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  21. Winners or Errors

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    Center cross +/- a string.
     
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  22. Mighty Matteo

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    Yeah i generally break mine 2 or 3 strings higher
     
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  23. pvaudio

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    Bab Xcel French Open. :)
     
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  24. J011yroger

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    This week's.

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  25. J011yroger

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    I'd never have guessed that lol.

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  26. pvaudio

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    It's my second favorite cross string next to natural gut. Unfortunately it still costs about the same.
     
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  27. crazygamer2091

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    I always manage to break my crosses for some reason. I've never broken a main... probably because I use a hybrid and my crosses are 17 gauge.
     
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  28. SoBad

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    I break them where I shank them - right by the hoop.
     
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  29. db10s

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    Funny, I'd never broken a cross string until I played with NRG.
     
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  30. pvaudio

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    I have never broken a NRG2 cross. Always a main and always in this pattern:
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  31. sansaephanh

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    Always the center main. Sometimes I shank a frame snapper, but most of the time its 1 or two strings. My friend breaks an average of 3. which i always found odd since he isnt a big hitter, but he is one of those guys who always find the sweet spot.
     
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  32. J011yroger

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    Actually multiple string breaks are more common for players that take longer to break strings.

    The strings are in the frame longer to suffer the effects of the sun and dry out, get notched in, etc. So the stringbed as a whole has deteriorated over time and becomes more brittle, where the big hitters will just wear them out where they hit the ball.

    Esp true with syn gut. If you have a guy who takes a long time to break syn, a whole bunch of strings will let go at once because it becomes so much more brittle and dried out.

    J
     
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  33. texacali

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    The mains, typically in the wedge between 10 and 11 o'clock towards the center of the face.
     
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