My Tennis strings break every 3-4 weeks. Suggestions Please...

rvg296

New User
Hello All,
I am relatively new to the community and I have been using Polyester Strings for the past 6 months most of which are Babolat RPM and Luxilon ALU Power for my racquet BABOLAT Drive G.
I play at least 2-3 times a week with a minimum of 1-1.5 hours of play.
I play a decent topspin, but not any extreme topspin. Initially, I thought the string breakage was due to a lack of dampener, but even after I started using it, it slightly reduced the movement of strings but however, the strings broke again. In addition, all my strings break at the sweet spot always. I am not exactly sure if there is anything wrong with my point of contact or stringing issue or playing style? Based on some research, I found some best tennis string resources here .
Any suggestions or leads regarding the best strings to use in terms of durability, the stringing methodology would be really appreciated.
 

blai212

Hall of Fame
strings are supposed to break. If you want more durability, you could try thicker gauge or denser pattern but at the expense of comfort, power, and control. Would also be helpful to know what kind of racquet/strings you use. Standard lifetime of poly string bed is about 10 hrs.
 

rvg296

New User
strings are supposed to break. If you want more durability, you could try thicker gauge or denser pattern but at the expense of comfort, power, and control. Would also be helpful to know what kind of racquet/strings you use. Standard lifetime of poly string bed is about 10 hrs.
Racquet - Babolat Drive G
Strings - RPM Blast, Luxilon Alu Power
 

FIRETennis

Professional
The strings you use are great.
It's normal to break anywhere from 6h to 12h+. After 12h poly lose their resilience and go "dead" anyway so some players manually cut them out and restring.
If you are happy with your game, don't need to go down the string rabbit hole.
 

alfd

New User
Those strings are solid, so you are probably a heavy hitter:) Your racket has a 102 sqin head. A smaller head size with tighter string pattern would help. Next time I would recommend buying a matched pair, in case of string breakage and for flexibility.
 
Agree with alfd. If the lifespan of your strings is too short, consider getting a new racket with an 18x20 string pattern. The Babolat Pure Strike 18x20 (if you like Babolat), the Head Gravity tour or pro, Yonex VCore 97HD Pro. All very good rackets.
 

LocNetMonster

Professional
Your experience is typical for a heavy-hitting, offensive baseline player. You could switch to a Kevlar string for more durability. The other option is to change your playing style to a serve and volley or chip 'n' charge game. I'd bet you'd milk another three or more hours out of a string job. However, like @FIRETennis says, "If you are happy with your game, don't need to go down the string rabbit hole."
 

PKorda

Semi-Pro
This seems typical amount of play for poly strings. You don't really want to play with poly for more than 15 hours or so anyway (some on this board will say a lot less) as their performance starts to suffer and it's not great for your arm. Now if you're only getting say 8 hours you could play with a thicker gauge. If you're worried about cost and have the time you can learn to string.
 

FIRETennis

Professional
I wouldn't change racquets or string pattern because your strings don't last "long enough".
You will end up playing with dead poly if you are hitting hard and your thick poly in a tight pattern ends up lasting 20h+.
 

canta_Brian

Professional
This seems typical amount of play for poly strings. You don't really want to play with poly for more than 15 hours or so anyway (some on this board will say a lot less) as their performance starts to suffer and it's not great for your arm. Now if you're only getting say 8 hours you could play with a thicker gauge. If you're worried about cost and have the time you can learn to string.
This is the best plan. 18 restrings of volkl cyclone tour cost me £80. Single restring in shop costs me £20. Put the additional £280 towards a machine. Lots of good cheaper options out there. Really expensive machines are better, but their point is mainly speed.
 
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