Originally Posted by Rozroz
ok, i get that.
so if you put feel and pleasure aside, there are NO RULES to a player's level (well up to 5.5 i would guess) VS strings, right ?
if that's true then it pretty much closes the case, doesn't it?
Correlation? Absolutely. You hit harder, you stress the strings more, they fail aka break sooner. Higher level players hit harder than beginners and do so more consistently. Now, there are many an exception to this rule including my coach when I was living in MA this summer. He is a 4.5-5.0 and used to coach D2 tennis, and would simply rely on anticipation and redirection to beat kids the age of his own kids. Played with a big stiff Wilson Surge 100 with 16g syn gut and didn't shred strings because he didn't need to. Hit flat forehands and only slice BHs. So yes, if you're looking for a correlation, then yes, a higher level player will pop strings quickly compared to a lower level one (shanking and poly aside). As an absolute rule, there is none.