I first only changed strings when i pop them, thats about 3 or 4 months, but as i play more and more, after a few weeks they just lose all their properties, elasticity, snapback and feel, so i find myself forced to change them when i feel this because it makes the experience much worse for me, tension is not much a concern of mine when changing them but the feel of them instead, so to answer your question, yes, they degrade besides losing tensionFrom what i have read ppl seem to say poly strings will go dead after a few hours, but do they mean just they will become loose and drop in tension or will they also start playing like 5h!t?
Wow. I think ive got kirschbaum in one of my sticks and luxilon alu something in the other. I probably have played 50 hours with each racquet. They still seem to play just fine for me. I guess i havent reached the critical point yet, but im surprised because i see so many ppl saying ploy goes dead in 4 hours etc..When you string up a full bed of polyester strings, it will always lose tension just sitting around. It will lose tension to the point that the remaining tension can no longer stretch the string. If you do not use the racquet, tension will generally just stay stable at this point. This type of tension loss is called static tension loss. The % of loss will be all over the map because people use different ref tensions, strings and gauges. Now you start to hit balls with the racquet. Ball impacts will cause the strings to start stretching and losing tension again. It will lose tension until the player can no longer generate enough ball impact forces to stretch the strings. These are called dynamic tension losses. When this occurs will depend on the player. If the strings continue to snap back, then it would be safe to say that perhaps you have not reach end-of-string-life yet. However, if your ability to hit spots or spin disappears, then your strings are "dead." If they move all over and stay out of place, the strings are basically "dead." If your arm starts to feel uncomfortable, then your strings are "dead."
I think i would snap nat gut pretty early bc of how much spin i put on the ball. I used to snap alot of strings in my old racquet.syn gut and multis (same material, just monofilament versus polyfilament, respectively) maintain tension, and therefore elasticity, up until they break, usually.
polys are a different plastic altogether, hence the different chemical properties.
And of course natural gut is derived from…gut. Yummy
They never go completely dead, but there is a noticeable tension and elasticity loss with nylon and gut. The loss is much slower and incremental than with poly though. They probably break before they become unplayable.Thanks to everybody who contributed to answering my question. Especially esgee48.
I paid attention playing tennis today to how my dead racquet actually felt and the idea of “loss of springyness” in the string became very apparent.
are there different types of poly that maintain springyness as well ast synthetic or natural gut, or are they all doomed to more or less the same formulation?
But Id assume there has to be better dynamic elasticity in poly than in syn gut otherwise what would be the point right?
And one more question; does nat gut or syn gut eventually go dead like polyester? Or does it maintain its springyness?