Is it bad for your strings if you leave your racquet in the trunk of the car?

Tensiom could possibly drop, but the same could be said in reverse in colder climates. Only real thing that affects strings is natural gut in a humid climate, as they absorb moisture
 

emhtennis

Semi-Pro
Yes, even in a bag high heat is bad for both rackets and strings.

Especially is AZ, it will get hot enough to actually melt and destabilize a frame. It won't turn into a pile of goo, but the resins and other "stuff" that make a racket a racket have a melting point, which if it gets breached will make your frame much more prone to cracking.

Strings will lose tension.

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mikeler

Moderator
I've left my bag in my trunk now for almost 2 decades. Strings play fine for me but I'm not very tension sensitive.
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
Since the frames are born under very high heat, I am not sure if they will be damaged by a high, but lower heat temperature. The strings will definitely be effected. The string tension under heat will be affected by high heat. Not sure if it will effect the strings enough to make them break prematurely or not.
 
I think it depends. Is your car parked outside, or in a garage? I live in FL and it is hot as poo here, but I park my car in a my garage and leave my bag in it, never had a problem. Now if it is parked outside in direct sunlight all day I would imagine that it could get hot enough for the strings to stretch and then contract when it gets cold again.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I'm in AZ, and it gets really hot in the summer. Sometimes I'll forget that my tennis bag is in the car. Does it matter?
it is super bad. if it is polyester, it is probably dead. if it is gut, it maybe alive but probably dead. you also can kill your racket by getting it too hot and resins and things melting.. Get one of those cars with Air conditioned trunk. and keep the car running when it is parked.
 
I don't think it will hurt a graphite racket, but I do think it will cause the strings to lose elasticity. I had an old Head Arthur Ashe Comp back in the mid 70s. Left it in my dad's car, and the racket curled up into a "U" shape.
 

Steady Eddy

Hall of Fame
I don't think it will hurt a graphite racket, but I do think it will cause the strings to lose elasticity. I had an old Head Arthur Ashe Comp back in the mid 70s. Left it in my dad's car, and the racket curled up into a "U" shape.
Did you still use it?
 
Not recommended if you want consistent tension, but if you do it don't be surprised if it feels way more powerful than expected.

From the tests I've seen the tension on a freshly strung racket can drop considerably in a hot trunk.
 
Did you still use it?

No, but I attempted to straighten it out. Just wasted my time. I couldn't get it straight enough to put a racket press on it.
 

J D

Rookie
I accidentally left a Prince Graphite Comp in my trunk in Texas in August n the 1980's. It got so hot that the frame warped. I put it on a board in the front window of the car and left it for an afternoon and it straightened back out, LOL. It still plays fine.

Seriously, it can reach 200 degrees inside a car in the south in the summer. That's bad for the frame and strings.
 
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