How much time before a match should you string?

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I’m SERIOUSLY considering getting a stringing machine. I know the longevity of strings vary based on the type of string it is. I was wondering if you have access to your own stringing machine, what would be the optimum time (ie 4-6 hours before)to string a racquet before you play a match?
 

jim e

Legend
All strings will lose tension within the 1st 24 hours. Some more than others. When the USRSA playtest strings they take a measurement of this. Then after a while the tension should stabilize for a while. This is why I string mine up a couple days before I need it.To each their own.
 

esgee48

Legend
Answer depends on player. Some prefer to play with freshly strung racquets, e.g. 0-2 hours off stringer, while others prefer at least 12 hours or overnight for the strings to relax. I do not ask my clients since they will always get their frames at least 12 hours after being strung. I prefer at least 12 hours because I do not like string jobs just off the stringer.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
I've strung for a WTA tournament here locally. Players' requests are as varied as the players. Some want them ASAP off the machine, some want them done that morning, some want them done the night before. The only right answer is the one you have.
 

esm

Professional
I usually do it the night before if it is an afternoon match/session the next day. Other wise I’d give it a full day. Depends on my mood really.
I find having a consistent measuring device helps too. It will give you a flexibility once you find the best method/setup.
I now use SM before the racquet comes of the stringer and before the match/session (main on the 8th cross). This will give you an idea going forward. IME of course.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
-that initial tension loss that occurs within the first 24hrs is a PITA
-if you chase that early tension "HIGH"!?!?!,, you are going to be disappointed with anything thats not freshly strung
-realistically speaking, I rather string the day before when I have more time to get things right
-if you want the freshest possible, your going to be rushing through to get things done before heading to courts
 

LOBALOT

Professional
We have a routine when preparing for one of my son's tournaments. Knowing he has a tournament, I stockpile racquets with broken string and/or grab 3 of his racquets with the lowest tension on the day before we head off (Thursday after work) and I restring those after dinner and they go in the bag along with the other racquets so typically that gives him a variety of tensions to choose from.

On Friday morning I go to work (Unfortunately) and after work we head off to wherever we are going. He warms up early Saturday morning with whatever racquet he selects and play begins. If he snaps string during a match we usually don't worry about restringing at the club hosting the event as he has plenty of racquets in his bag to get him through. In this way the racquets are always strung at home on the same machine by the same person.

By the way.... I really need to teach him how to do all this himself!!!
 

joah310

Semi-Pro
I dont restring before matches, but I recomend getting a stringer. I have a drop weight and it is reliable and great to have. Maybe look for a used one. I got mine for 60. Getting back on track, I realize that the stringbed plays more consistently when its is left at least 24 hours, or at least overnight. And sometime when the weather doesnt allow me to play, it sits for a week, and it's consistent that way too.
 

jim e

Legend
The USRSA playtest strings and is typically listed in their magazine . They check with RDC machine right off the stringer, and then 24 hours later, with no hitting. The string each is typically compared to is Prince syn gut. They string the strings to 60 lbs . PSG will have approx. 9% RDC loss after 24hours, some other string will be more and some less. All strings will have loss during that time. It's the nature of it.Seems to me that's the time it would be the most stable of it's life time. Like others said each has preference.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
So I ended up finding a stringing machine on Craigslist. I found a Gamma Progression II 602 for about half price. Really looking forward to stringing. As with most machines, I’m sure it’ll pay for itself over time.
 

tennisbike

Semi-Pro
Just a 4.0 wannabe here.. looking back, I seemed to play quite well with a fairly fresh stringjob, meaning not played much. Could be "honeymoon period" though. Now I string 35 lbs 16g poly and according SM the tension holds quite well, I stop worrying about stringing.
I tend to wonder which racket to bring, rather than when to string my racket.
 

LOBALOT

Professional
I hear a lot about having a starting clamp, is that a necessary tool to have when stringing?
I think it is. You could use a starting Knot on the crosses but then you may find you need to bridge, it is handy for tightening knots.. really it is a pretty cheap investment so I would go ahead and buy one.
 
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TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I think it is. You could use a starting Knott on the crosses but then you may find you need to bridge, it is handy for tightening knots.. really it is a pretty cheap investment so I would go ahead and buy one.
Thanks for the reply. I think I will. (y)
 

tennisbike

Semi-Pro
And if you are going to check how consistent you pull each and everyone of your mains and cross strings, I do suggest StringMeter. Do not tell anyone around here in the forum. Else you will be marked as a heretic.
 

LOBALOT

Professional
From a personal perspective I would put myself in the Rabbit category in that I really don't care on the time between stringing and using a racquet. I am having a lot of fun just playing tennis right now with my friends. If I feel my strings are shot I restring when I have a moment free and then play with it the next time I head out and play.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
-reminds me of a story from over the weekend
-father comes in with daughter, asking for a restring, said he did not know about strings, no problem!
-I suggested string and tension and asked when he needed the racquet back!, guy says 1 week from now
-I said, ok, ill restring it 5 days from now, "so you get a fresh string job!",
-father was surprised and bewildered that "freshness" was a thing/consideration on tennis strings

-I like to have racquet ready 1/2 days before racquet is needed, for most of us here, that would be fresh!, for some others not so fresh,
-for people who dont know much about tennis, they could care sooo much less than most of us here!!
 

esm

Professional
So I ended up finding a stringing machine on Craigslist. I found a Gamma Progression II 602 for about half price. Really looking forward to stringing. As with most machines, I’m sure it’ll pay for itself over time.
congrats - you know it will be a "slippery slope" from here..... the next thing you will do is looking for all sorts of string/string reviews and asking more questions about strings etc... suppose it'd be cheaper than buying new racquets :-D. you are going to have so much fun (to start with anyway :X3: )

i also think a starting clamp is useful. after a couple of string jobs, try to save a decent length of scrap string (say about 2') for bridging the gap with a starting clamp when the last string is too short.

(genuine q) do you have Racquet Tune or s String Meter to check tension?
 

esm

Professional
I do have RacquetTune, but I really don’t subscribe to the accuracy of it. A string meter would probably be a nice addition.
yes i agree. i found the SM is much easier to use than the Racquet Tune (no app setup per stick/string required.. lol)
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
I've always preferred strings after they "settle" into a tension. For me, I feel that I get a more consistent feel for a longer period of time.
Yeah I prefer at least 24-48 hours, then hit for a couple hours before I play a 'real' (lol rec league) match. Then I have nothing to blame but my lack of talent!

The best indicator of whether I win or lose is usually if I got good night's sleep though.
 

Dragan

Semi-Pro
I do have RacquetTune, but I really don’t subscribe to the accuracy of it. A string meter would probably be a nice addition.
The value of RacquetTune is not in its accuracy, but in its precision, which is actually very good and consistent (you can make it accurate, too, in terms of displaying actual tension, if you invest some time in fine-tuning and playing with the string factor configuration).

I use this application for two purposes:

1) To verify that my racquets were strung consistently (if it displays the same or very close readout, whatever the number is)
2) To track tension loss over time, as percentage of the initial (freshly strung) tension
 
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