Do strings go dead if you don't play?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by SliceForehand, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. SliceForehand

    SliceForehand New User

    Jul 21, 2010
    I've been trying out several different polyester strings lately, and I'm trying to measure how long it takes them to go dead, since most of them play similarly and the length of time during which they stay playable is one of the most important factors in which one I choose.

    Since my hitting schedule is never concrete, I don't know if I'll hit for a week every day or if I'll go two or three days without hitting. I'm wondering if these strings get closer to going dead even if I'm not playing with them.

    Simplified, my question is what determines how long it takes polyester strings to go dead; the amount of time they are in the racquet, the amount of time you are hitting with them, or both? Note; I'm saying 'go dead' as in lose their elasticity, not to be confused with tension loss.
  2. technoob10

    technoob10 New User

    Jul 26, 2010
    I have a similar schedule but i haven't hit for about 3 weeks, and recently i have noticed that the strings (full poly never been hit with) has been starting to get loose. I think dead strings and tension loss is the same thing because when you tension the string, it does stretch a little, so if there is tension loss they would probably lose the elasticity.
  3. Mig1NC

    Mig1NC Professional

    Jun 13, 2009

    Yes, both.

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